“One of the most adventurous and diverse young players I have heard in some time” –Dave Liebman
Fresh from years of touring and recording with such diverse luminaries of new music as Anthony Braxton, Julian Lage and Esperanza Spalding, Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Dan Blake unflinchingly breaks through boundaries in this multi-media collaboration with the celebrated Mivos Quartet. This work is an exploration of a unique sonic and visual world that integrates Blake’s idiosyncratic improvised-compositional style within an interactive 3-D animation created specifically for the evening’s performance. This work is made possible by a commission from the Jerome Fund for New Music, and further support was provided New Music USA’s Composer Assistance Program.
Saxophonist and composer Dan Blake “regards tradition as a welcoming playground best approached with a sense of wonder and adventure” (The Boston Globe). Since moving to Brooklyn in 2006, he has been at the forefront of the creative music community, producing an eclectic body of work that reaches across a wide spectrum including cutting edge multi-media works, electro-acoustic sound and noise pieces, experimental works for solo saxophone, scored compositions for chamber ensembles, several acclaimed jazz recordings. His most recent release, The Aquarian Suite (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records), was named by the New York City Jazz Record, The San Jose Mercury News and Neue Zürcher Zeitung as among the best recordings of 2012, with the Boston Phoenix calling it “one of the most ridiculously satisfying discs we’ve heard in some time.” As a composer, his works have been recognized with support from The Jerome Fund, New Music USA, ASCAP, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Electronic Music Foundation, among others. Dan Blake holds a Ph.D. in composition from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he received the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund for an ongoing research project examining New York City’s improvised music scene. danielblake.net
The Mivos Quartet, an “accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet” (The New York Times), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s inception in 2008, they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding cadre of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. They have appeared at leading venues in New York City and have appeared on concert series including Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Aldeburgh Music (UK) and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (Germany). mivosquartet.com/
A pioneer, a virtuoso, and a legend, Amina Claudine Myers has paved a musical career that embraces jazz, blues, classical, gospel, and world music traditions while maintaining an unmistakable voice on piano, as a vocalist, and as a composer of the highest order. In a special intimate concert, Myers surveys her extraordinary career and songbook, along with selections from her new CD Augmented Variations (on Blue Music Group), in a solo piano and vocal performance: a journey through through the past and into the future through reflection, reinterpretation, and renewal of the creative fire and spirit.
Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Amina Claudine Myers, raised on gospel and blues of the South, quickly earned her musical chops and respect under the tutelage of Muhal Richard Abrams in the 1960s, and shortly became a member of the The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In the late seventies, Myers toured in The Lester Bowie Quintet and The New York Organ Ensemble across Europe, Asia, and the United States, and performed alongside Archie Shepp in an historic performance in Cape Town, South Africa at The North Sea Jazz Festival. Additionally, she has collaborated and performed with the likes of Bill Laswell, Charlie Hade, and James Blood Ulmer, among others. Myers has received several grants from the National Endowments for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts. augmented.bluemusicgroup.com
As the longest night of the year unfolds, and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, join us for Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert: six sublime hours music (acoustic and electronic) and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at is maximal best.
Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video, and computers. Since the mid-60s, he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world: The Museum of Modern Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum, the Kitchen, the Paris Autumn Festival, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, Niblock has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist and member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances to date) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium – EI v.z.w. Gent. Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels.
“A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable… I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.” –Jason Moran
“Over the past couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis.” — The New York Times
Pianist and composer Kris Davis – one of the most progressive, prolific figures on New York City’s creative jazz scene – unveils her octet project, Infrasound. A unique octet comprised of four bass clarinets (Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop, and Joachim Badenhorst) plus guitar (Nate Radley), accordion and organ (Gary Versace), piano (Davis) and drums (Jim Black), Infrasound collectively explores the growling and sprawling overtones of low frequencies of its namesake, on the sound and energy that are as much felt as it is heard. “I aimed for Infrasound to explore the low end of the spectrum, creating a living, breathing wild animal,” says Davis. With an evening-length suite created specifically for the octet from a Shifting Foundation commission, Infrasound projects Kris Davis as a bold visionary whose original art starts at the point where others cannot see or hear.
The 33-year-old Kris Davis – an artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure” (Jazz Times) – has had one of the busiest, most notable years of her career in 2013: two albums under her name this year, the brand-new solo disc Massive Threads (on Thirsty Ear) and the quintet set Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed), which found Davis alongside saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, violist Mat Maneri, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Tom Rainey. Recently dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in The New York Times, Davis began her debut as leader with Lifespan in 2003; her other recordings include The Slightest Shift (2006) and Rye Eclipse (2008) and the trio set Good Citizen (2010) for Fresh Sound. In addition to her work as a leader, Davis has performed with such top figures as Paul Motian, Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Kermit Driscoll, Michael Formanek, and Mary Halvorson. In 2014, in addition to the debut album from Infrasound, Davis will work on a new album for her trio, featuring Rainey and bassist John Hébert: Waiting for You to Grow, which was written through a residency commission at Jazz Gallery. krisdavis.net
Live performance transforms into an interactive, immersive sound installation in the premiere of Sine Qua Non by composer and musician Brett Sroka. Developed in part at Alfred University’s Institute of Electronic Arts and the Vilnius Academy of Art, Nida Art Colony in Lithuania, for this performance Sroka is joined by pianist Carl Maguire whose live performance is sampled and processed by a special custom Max/MSP patch to foster an improvisational dialogue between performance and abstract processing, the acoustic and electronic, the transient and the essential (Sine Qua Non, i.e., without which there is nothing). As the live interaction between the two musicians develops, the sampled fragments slowly take over through generative processing, and Roulette’s performance space becomes the site of an ever-changing, multi-channel sound installation, offering each listener a unique immersive sonic experience based on spatial position and engagement with the emergent new work.
Brett Sroka is a composer, trombonist and electronic musician. He has released five records with his electro-acoustic ensembles Ergo and Cherubim, on Cuneiform Records, Fresh Sound (New Talent), and Zeromoon, working with musicians such as Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson and Avishai Cohen Sroka has performed at the Sonic Circuits Festival, the Guggenheim Museum and Risonanze in Venice, Italy, received awards from the Queens Council on the Arts, the I-Park Foundation, and has been a visiting artist at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University and the Vilnius Academy of Art. While in residence at the Vilnius Academy of Art – Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in Spring 2013, Sroka completed a new suite for Ergo which will be released in 2014. brettsroka.com
Acclaimed by Downtown Music Gallery as “one of the best pianists and composers to emerge from the downtown network over the past few years,” Carl Maguire performs on piano and Rhodes, with both traditional and less-traditional techniques, and sometimes on accordion. He has performed or recorded with the Carter Thornton Assembly, Brett Sroka’s Ergo, Tyshawn Sorey Quartet, The Wau Wau Sisters, Laura Andel Orchestra, Barbez, Ben Gerstein Collective, Momenta Quartet, and was a featured soloist in Butch Morris’ New York Skyscraper. His primary focus as a composer and bandleader for the past six years has been realizing Floriculture, an ensemble dedicated to the exclusive performance of Maguire’s compositions, which call on the musicians to integrate extended sections of exact notation with improvisational passages to create a vivid and compelling aural landscape. carlmaguire.com
“Accomplished vocal modernist Fay Victor manages to deconstruct the tradition of jazz song without pretension or tedium—quite a high-wire feat” –Time Out New York
Fay Victor, voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson, electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano, double bass, effects
The Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE) perform original material written by vocalist/composer Fay Victor and bass guitarist/composer Jochem van Dijk with music geared towards improvisation and new music while embracing a rich range of song traditions from jazz, rock, blues, and pop. In this fertile bed of imagination, gorgeous melodies appear, both generously and intelligently, like gentle tides amidst an abstract ocean of sound. The FVE showcase selections from their latest recording, Absinthe & Vermouth (released on Greene Avenue Music in November 2013), which has received initial acclaim from The New York Times, JazzTimes, and the New York Jazz Record.
Vocalist, lyricist, composer, and educator Fay Victor has been hailed by The New York Times as “artistically complete” for her unique vocal approach to the blues, jazz, free improvisation and her own original material. Starting from the jazz tradition, Victor has gone on to encompass a multi-genre approach to music, lyrics, and song, which she calls “FreeSong.” Victor has released eight critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, toured extensively throughout Europe as well as Japan, India, Russia, and Mexico and has worked with a veritable who’s-who of musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Amiri Baraka, Misha Mengelberg, William Parker, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Gary Lucas, John Medeski, Nicole Mitchell, Marvin Sewell, Roswell Rudd, Han Bennink, Tyshawn Sorey and more. www.fayvictor.com http://thefayvictorensemble.bandcamp.com/album/absinthe-vermouth
“People who don’t know them often assume that the Tone Road Ramblers must be strumming, boot-wearing, good ole country boys. The Ramblers get a kick out of that, like kids do when they urge someone to catch a running refrigerator.” –Off the Charts
Stretching out across the wide landscape between the paths of the classical avant-garde and free improvisation, the Tone Road Ramblers have been taking a wild ride across on their own road of experimentation for over thirty years. Each Rambler – a virtuoso technician of his instrument of the highest order – contributes his idiosyncratic approach to extended techniques, microtonality, and draws from influences and interests in diverse musical traditions. But the Tone Road Ramblers are, above all, lifelong friends who have embarked together on the great journey of expression, open collaboration, and spontaneous discovery in reaching for a broad range of human experiences of ramblers, outlaws, and heroes alike.
The Tone Road Ramblers are Ron Coulter, John Fonville, Eric Mandat, Morgan Powell, Ray Sasaki, Howie Smith, and Jim Staley.
The Tone Road Ramblers gave its first concert in April 1981 in New York City at Roulette. Since then the group has performed across the United States, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Tampa, Miami, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Urbana, and Austin. In the 1990s, TRR was invited to present concerts at the International Festivals of New Music in Bucharest, Romania and Latvia during the 1990′s. In 1997, the group performed at Merkin Hall, NYC, and at the International Trombone Festival at Urbana, Illinois. In their 4-decade long career, TRR have recorded two LPs and nine CDs, and the group continues to meet and rehearse at Ragdale Foundation at Lake Forest, Illinois, each year for the purpose of exploring new ideas for improvisations and composition. morganpowellmusic.com/trr