Webber/Morris Big Band: Reverses

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Nineteen musicians from the Brooklyn improvisation community play two sets of music by Anna Webber and Angela Morris.
When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: http://bit.ly/FA181127

Brooklyn, NY – In a program developed over five years, conductor-composer-tenor saxophonists Anna Webber and Angela Morris bring together nineteen musicians for a monumental evening of improvised music. Webber and Morris aim to highlight the virtuosity of this ensemble of young musicians, with pieces that draw influence from diverse sources including poetry, early blues, games of chance, number theory, and life experience. In the spirit of their mentors, John Hollenbeck and Darcy James Argue, Webber and Morris, compose music that blurs the lines between composed and improvised while maintaining a strong narrative arc. This performance is a precursor to the ensemble’s debut album, to be released by Greenleaf Music.

Angela Morris: conductor, tenor saxophone, flute
Anna Webber: conductor, tenor saxophone, flute
Jay Rattman: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
Charlotte Greve: alto saxophone, clarinet
Adam Schneit: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Lisa Parrott: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
John Lake: trumpet
Jake Henry: trumpet
Adam O’Farrill: trumpet
Kenny Warren: trumpet
Tim Vaughn: trombone
Nick Grinder: trombone
Jen Baker: trombone
Reginald Chapman: bass trombone
Patricia Brennan: vibraphone
Dustin Carlson: guitar
Marc Hannaford: piano
Adam Hopkins: bass
Jeff Davis: drums

Anna Webber and Angela Morris, two composer-performers whose music overturns expectations for the jazz big band, have co-led this ensemble of stellar New York improvisers since 2015. The band’s instrumentation is a jazz staple, but the composers’ respective pieces are equally rooted in minimalism, pop, noise, and other music of the past century or so. Integrating improvisation and composed material in unorthodox ways and using extra-musical sources – such as poetry or mathematics – to form the foundation of new works, the traditional big band sound mutates into something unpredictable.