A special double bill with Wet Ink performing works by Anthony Braxton & Peter Ablinger; legendary saxophonist Evan Parker leads hit Electro-Acoustic Septet in an improv set
In a special double bill, Wet Ink Ensemble is joined by Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet. In the first set, Wet Ink Ensemble opens its new season with works by Anthony Braxton and Peter Ablinger. In the second set, saxophonist Evan Parker leads the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet in a set of improvisations.
Set 1: Wet Ink Ensemble
Composition 227 by Anthony Braxton Verkündigung by Peter Ablinger
Set 2: Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet
Evan Parker, saxophones
George Lewis, trombone and electronics
Ikue Mori, electronics
Ned Rothenberger, clarinets
Peter Evans, trumpet
Okkung Lee, cello
Sam Pluta, electronics
” a sort of common ground between Morton Feldman… and Sonic Youth… even at its gnarliest and most confrontational, the overall effect was intoxicating.” –Steve Smith
Wet Ink has two main performing groups: Wet Ink Ensemble and Wet Ink Large Ensemble. Wet Ink Ensemble is a septet configuration, comprised of a core group of composer-performers: Erin Lesser (flutes), Joshua Modney (violin), Ian Antonio (percussion), Kate Soper (vocals), Alex Mincek (saxophones), Eric Wubbels (piano), and Sam Pluta (electronics). The members of the Ensemble collaborate in a band-like fashion: writing, improvising and preparing pieces together over long stretches of time. Aside from its multiple yearly performances in New York City, the Ensemble has taken part in numerous tours and residencies, including a residency at Duke University for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, residencies at UC San Diego and Northern Illinois University, and a tour of California, including an appearence at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music. Wet Ink Ensemble recently released its second solo album, Relay, consisting of works by George Lewis, Sam Pluta, Rick Burkhardt, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, and Alex Mincek, was recorded during a residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY. wetink.org carrierrecords.com
Evan Parker, soprano and tenor saxophones
Ned Rothenberg, alto saxophone and bass clarinet
“Rothenberg stays with Parker every step of the way as they weave tapestries of breathtaking range, vigor, and technical skill. This kind of fascinating interplay…repeatedly rewards the attentive listener.” –Robert Spencer, All About Jazz
Among Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists, Evan Parker’ssolos and playing style are distinguished by his creative use of circular breathing and false fingering. Parker can generate furious bursts, screeches, bleats, honks, and spiraling lines and phrases and his solo sax work isn’t for the squeamish. Upon resettling in London in 1965, Parker began playing with Spontaneous Music Ensemble. He joined them in 1967 and remained until 1969. Parker met guitarist Derek Bailey while in the group, and the duo formed the Music Improvisation Company in 1968. Parker played with them until 1971, and also began working with the Tony Oxley Sextet in the late 60s. Parker started playing extensively with other European free music groups in the 70s, notably the Globe Unity Orchestra, as well as its founder Alexander von Schlippenbach’s trio and quartet. Parker, Bailey, and Oxley co-formed Incus Records in 1970 and continued operating it through the 80s. Parker also played with Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, other groups with Bailey, and did duet sessions with John Stevens and Paul Lytton, as well as giving several solo concerts. Among his many releases are Process and Reality (1991), Breaths and Heartbeats (1995), Obliquities (1995), Bush Fire (1997), Here Now (1998), Drawn Inward (1999), Monkey Puzzle (2000), Two Seasons (2000), Alder Brook (2003) and After Appleby (2004). Eleventh Hour, officially credited to the Evan Parker Electo-Acoustic Ensemble, appeared from ECM in 2005.
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 25 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla. Recent recordings include Intervals, a double CD of solo work, and Are You Be by R.U.B. (Rothenberg, Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Samm Bennett) on Rothenberg’s Animul label. Chamber music releases include Ghost Stories on Tzadik and Power Lines on New World, along with Port of Entry, Sync’s release on Intuition. Other collaborators have included Sainkho Namchylak, Paul Dresher, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Yuji Takahashi and Evan Parker. Rothenberg generates a remarkable variety of new timbres through unique playing techniques including circular breathing allowing for extremely long melodic patterns, multiphonic chords, precise overtone control, elaborate rhythmic tonguing attacks, control of overlapping beat frequencies, combinations of the previous, and much more. His music evokes an emotional spectrum from humor to pathos, a feeling of rhapsodic melancholy to simple awe at encountering a sound never before experienced.