Being & Becoming, formed in 2017 by composer and trumpet player Peter Evans, will present a concert-length premiere of new music. The group will present music which seeks to define a fresh approach to ensemble interaction, minimal, long-form compositions as well as dynamic, virtuosic improvisation.
The name of the band, drawn from the writing of Sufi writer and musician Inyat Khan, reflects the group’s commitment to the challenge of spontaneous creativity. Evans’ compositions for the band draw from a wide variety of sources, traditional and experimental, with a grounding in improvisational idioms, notated concert music and an array of experimental approaches.
The band features some of the most virtuosic and forward-thinking young musicians in Jazz and Contemporary music today; vibraphonist Joel Ross (Blue Note recording artist, worked with Immanuel Wilkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Marquis Hill) bassist Nick Jozwiak (Ravi Coltrane, Aaron Burnett, George Garzone) and drummer Michael Ode (Theo Croker, Wallace Roney, Gary Bartz). Influences for the music range from the work of masters like McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane, traditional musics of Africa and India, 20th Century European modernism and the improvised idioms pioneered by the AACM, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and many more. The result is something that feels somehow both new and old at once, an experimentalism grounded in both rigor and a passion for the undiscovered. Being & Becoming’s debut album was released to wide acclaim in 2020 on More is More records in both vinyl and digital formats. Their followup release will be available in the Spring of 2023.
“full of concentrated energy and nervous intensity, sophisticated but also raw, full of daredevil artistry, defying gravity and other natural forces.” —The Free Jazz Collective
Note: this performance involves strobe lights which may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
A livestream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing. Watch below or on YouTube.