SPOTLIGHT TOURS
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor + alto sax /Tim Berne, alto saxophone /Ben Gerstein, trombone /Dan Peck, tuba /Tom Rainey, drums
This exciting new group performs Ingrid Laubrock's latest compositions, written for saxophones/brass + drums. The compositions are taylor-made for this cast of hand-picked musicians who are all great improvisers and interpreters of creative new music alike as well as able to play complex rhythmic material. Their debut CD will be released on Firehouse 12 in May 2015.
Ralph Alessi, trumpet /Brandon Seabrook, guitar /Tomas Fujiwara, drums
"The glue to these seemingly divergent players is Tomas Fujiwara, a bold and robust player who possesses an ever-expanding vocabulary."..."Fujiwara has distinguished himself within his cohort by his versatility as a player, the varied interests expressed in his unique musical aesthetic, and his overall emotional range as an improviser and composer." - Cisco Bradley (Jazzrightnow)
Jen Shyu, , vocals, dance, piano, Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum /Mat Maneri, viola /Randy Peterson, drums
“Ms. Shyu is among New York’s most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic.” Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal
Miles Okazaki, guitar /Steve Lehman, alto sax /François Moutin, bass /Dan Weiss, drums
His music requires no understanding of the intellectual concepts to be fully appreciated. The band translates Okazaki's brilliant ideas into music that is not only thought-provoking, but more importantly, captivating and moving.
Kris Davis, piano/ Eric Revis, bass /TBA, drums
Revis teams up with two ideal collaborators in his new trio— pianist Kris Davis and drummer Gerald Cleaver. With Revis’s forceful bass tone meeting Davis’s melodic flights of fancy and Cleaver’s sizzling flow around the kit, musical sparks are sure to fly.
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax/ Mary Halvorson, guitar /Tom Rainey, drums
"...The trio didn't get trapped for a second in signature style - their sophisticated range and the confidence in the dialogues they have built up over the years allowed them to find ledges and pools where they could linger then get back in to the swim to come up with a refreshingly subversive stream of sonic surprise." Geoff Winston
Steve Lehman, alto sax/ Matt Brewer, bass /Damion Reid, drums
Steve's long-standing trio with Damion Reid (drums) and Matt Brewer (bass). Their critically acclaimed recording, Dialect Fluorescent (Pi, 2012), featured both original compositions and newly arranged standards, and was named one of the Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2012 by Spin Magazine, the Village Voice/Rhapsody critics poll, The Denver Post, and over thirty other music publications/blogs internationally.
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