An amplified, intense, and uncompromising quartet of woodwind players.
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Matt Bauder (sax, electronics) Peter Evans (trumpet, amplifier) Nate Wooley (trumpet, amplifier)
After several performances as an amplified ensemble, the intense and uncompromising quartet of woodwind players Jeremiah Cymerman & Matt Bauder and trumpeters Nate Wooley & Peter Evans will convene at Roulette for two days of rehearsing & workshopping, leading up to a performance on August 9th.
Support for this program provided by the Jerome Foundation.
Magda Mayas is a pianist and curator currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mayas studied jazz and improvisation at UniversitÃ¤t der KÃ¼nste, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001 under Misha Mengelberg and completed a diploma at Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik Hanns Eisler under Georg Graewe in 2005. During this time she began developing a specific set of techniques for inside-piano performance. Mayas has concentrated her musical investigations on the piano and its sonic possibilities, utilizing extended techniques, amplification and preparations as a process of abstraction, whilst focusing on the physicality of both internal and external parts of the piano.
As a continuation of this research Mayas founded the festival Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage featuring contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano. Mayas performs internationally in a variety of roles as interpreter, solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers: in a duo with Tony Buck, in the trio Phono Phono with Michael Renkel and Sabine Vogel, the Quartet Mayas,/Nutters/ Olsen/Galvez and as part of the Amsterdam based N-Collective. She has appeared in various festivals including "The Total Music Meeting", "Konfrontationen" and Festival of Exiles. Over the years Mayas has performed with many leading figures in improvisation such as Michael Zerang, Johannes Bauer, Christoph Kurzmann, Andy Moore, Steve Heather, Thomas Lehn,Tristan Honsinger, Frank Gratkowski and Michael Moore.
"...Mayas has an ingenious way of using both the inside and keyboard of the piano to create sparse, tiny fragments of motion that are compatible with multiple layers of the musical context... she is definitely a leading light of the next generation of improvisors..." -Michael Anton Parker, Downtown Music Gallery
Matt Bauder's Day in Pictures
MB- Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Kirk Knuffke - Trumpet
Angelica Sanchez - Piano
Jason Ajemian - Bass
Tomas Fujiwara - Drums
Matt Bauder is a saxophonist and composer who has studied with Ed Sarath, Anthony Braxton, Ron Kuivila and Alvin Lucier. He has been an active member of the new music scenes in Ann Arbor, Chicago and New York, where he has performed with, among others, Braxton, Andrew D'Angelo, Jeff Parker, Chad Taylor, Jim Baker, Ken Vandermark and Phil Minton. He appears on recordings with Jason Ajemian (Locust Music), Warn Defever (Perforate My Heart), Neil Michael Hagerty (Drag City), His Name is Alive (4AD/Time Stereo), Saturday Looks Good to Me (Polyvinyl) and Bill Brovald (Tzadik).
Multi-reedist and composer Matt Bauder has been creating inspired and imaginative music since his early days in Ann Arbor, MI in the mid nineties. Now based in NYC, he also has been an active member of the creative music scenes in Chicago and Berlin. Dusted Magazine calls his music "the ideal collaboration between Morton Feldman and Jimmy Guiffre - the intersection of the long form composition and jazz's improvisational technique." He has studied, performed, and recorded with some of the major figures in modern music including Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Ellery Eskelin, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Warn Devever, and Neil Micheal Haggerty.
PAPER GARDENS is an extended work stemming from the most basic of ideas. The unison and the cluster serve as springboards for compositional and improvisational expansion. Roles of the strings and reeds are swapped freely from foreground to background, creating mysterious textures that can as easily turn on a dime as they can morph subconsciously into the unexpected. Matana Roberts (alto saxophone, clarinet), Loren Dempster (cello) and Reuben Radding (bass), three singular voices in experimental music, have been performing Paper Gardens with Bauder for the past year, honing in on the delicate balance and interaction that the piece requires.
THB (cornet, compositions,) Matt Bauder (tenor sax, clarinet,) Mary Halvorson (electric guitar,) Evan O’Reilly (electric guitar,) Jessica Pavone (viola, electric bass,) Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cello,) Tomas Fujiwara (drums.)
The THB Ensemble is a small ensemble committed to the further exploration of the extensions of composition and improvisation pioneered by masters like Ellington, Ives and members of the AACM. Led by cornettist/composer Bynum (best known for his work with Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra,) the group features some of New York’s most outstanding young musicians, all established as leaders and composers in their own right, with the skills to navigate through many styles and genres in the search for something else.
Taylor Ho Bynum is a performer on cornet and various brass instruments, composer and bandleader. Born in 1975, Bynum was raised in Boston and presently resides in Brooklyn. He has established a reputation as a unique musical voice willing to take chances in a wide variety of artistic contexts. His projects cover a diverse range of artistic expression — from ensembles in the jazz tradition, to work with DJs, contemporary classical composers and world music ensembles, to composing for film and theater, to collaborations with dancers and visual artists. He presently leads his Sextet and the nine-piece ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings, and works with many of the leading figures in creative music. Bynum’s work with Anthony Braxton has spanned ten years and projects ranging from duo to orchestra, most recently touring Europe with Braxton’s new Sextet and Trio, and co-conducting Braxton’s European Creative Orchestra. Their CD “Duets (Wesleyan) 2002″ has received wide critical acclaim. Bynum’s next CD as a leader, “Other Stories (Three Suites,)” with SpiderMonkey Strings, will be released on 482 Music this fall. Check out www.taylorhobynum.com for more info.
The Village Voice calls Bynum “one of the savviest trumpeters to come along in recent years, a growling sound-and-space man in the tradition of Lester Bowie” and Signal to Noise Magazine reports, “his command of color and nuance is supreme…I don’t know how he did any of this, but it’s wonderful…Sheer joy.”