Two innovative composers present long-form works for quartet, highlighting the group’s decades-long history working together as composers and improvisers.
On Thursday December 13, composers Anthony Davis and Earl Howard reconvene a bi-coastal quartet built on long-standing associations, to present two sets of music built on complex rhythms and modulating textures. Featuring bassist Mark Dresser and mutli-reeds virtuoso J.D. Parran, the group first operated as a quartet on the occasion of Anthony Davis’s 60th birthday. But these four artists have worked together in various combinations for decades.
The evening will feature solos, duets, and quartets from Earl Howard and Anthony Davis, including Anthony Davis’s The Goddess Variations for solo piano; and Earl Howard’s work Curtis, for solo Kurzweill 2600 and saxophone. Anthony Davis will also perform a duo with bassist Mark Dresser, and Earl Howard will perform a duo with woodwind virtuoso JD Parran. Both Howard and Davis will also present lengthy works for the full quartet, including Davis’ Maelstrom 1 & 2 for quartet, and a new structured improvisation from Earl Howard, created specifically for these four innovative performers.