Sound Vision Orchestra: Tribute to Jeff Hoyer
Sound Vision Orchestra and Roulette present Tribute to Jeff Hoyer, an evening long concert event paying tribute to the remarkable work of the late composer, trombonist and pianist Jeff Hoyer. A longtime denizen of the New York music scene, Hoyer combined a singularly virtuosic extended brass technique with an ability to compose for improvising musicians. His early work revolved around Bill Dixon, who Hoyer first studied with and later taught for as a member of the Black Music Division faculty at Bennington College. Hoyer was an essential member of many signature improvising orchestras, working for years as a low brass lynchpin in the ensembles of Cecil Taylor. A dynamic organizer, Hoyer played a key role in the Musicians of Brooklyn Initiative, Lester Bowie’s brain child and, most recently, as a lead member of the Sound Vision Orchestra. His work as an improviser can be heard on any of the five acclaimed recordings with the Collective 4tet on Leo Records alongside bass wunderkind William Parker.
The Tribute to Jeff Hoyer concert event will take place at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, March 12 at Roulette, 20 Greene Street. The program will feature readings of three works composed by Hoyer and performed by members of nHarmonic Brass and a new quartet convened for this event. The evening will feature a world premiere of a new work for chamber ensemble by composer Bunita Marcus, longtime friend to Jeff Hoyer. Kyle Gann of the Village Voice has called Bunita Marcus one of his favorite women composers of all time.
Look forward to dynamic performances by three ensembles, including a brass octet, and a cast of
eighteen musicians paying tribute to an unsung hero of New York’s creative music scene.