Upcoming RVA Shows

I am very excited to have a string of great concerts coming up in the next week and a half.
First, Thursday 4/20 at Vagabond in RVA.  My great friend and amazing musician Scott Burton has put together a night of music he’s calling Small Talk.  He describes it as follows:
“Small Talk is a new free musical improvisation series from Scott Burton featuring chance encounters between creatives. The idea is simple: 2 short sets of musical small talk, and 1 set where all the players come together for a longer conversation. You get to eavesdrop!”
Small Talk #1 will be:
Set 1: Guitarists Scott Burton and Toby Summerfield
Set 2: Drummer Scott Clark and Guitarist Alan Parker
Set 3: All of the Above
(more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/1404305372965670/)
(Vagabond 700 E. Broad St. 10pm Free)


Then on Friday 4/21 Cary Street Cafe presents RVA Jazz Night.  This show will feature 3 amazing groups in one night.  First Scott Burton’s new Kessel Quartet will be performing the music of guitarist Barney Kessel.  Next, my group the ScottClarkEnsemble will be performing some new music fresh to everyone.  Finally, Charles Owens will have his quartet performing music from his new release “As One” (https://charlesowens.bandcamp.com/album/as-one).  Special thanks to Jeremy Simmons for helping set up this great night of music at one of Richmond’s staple music venues.  (more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/255989714809070/)
(Cary St. Cafe 2631 W. Cary St. 10pm $10)

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Finally, Thursday 4/27 the great Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis will be in town performing two sets at Candela Books and Gallery in Richmond (214 W. Broad St. 7pm $10).  The first set will be of Dave’s work for solo saxophone, followed by a collaboration of a trio featuring Dave, myself and the great guitarist/composer Toby Summerfield.
Dave is on a tour that he describes as follows:
“Prolific Chicago-based saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, The Engines) will undertake a sprawling solo journey around the United States this spring, developing repertoire for his first solo release scheduled on Aerophonic Records this fall, while also working to strengthen the informal networks that connect, inform, and sustain the improvised music scene throughout the U.S. Each concert on the trip will involve a solo set, as well as a collaboration with one or more locally-based musicians in every city he visits.  The working title of this ambitious project is Lattice.”

More about Dave Rempis can be found below or at http://daverempis.com

Saxophonist, improviser, and composer Dave Rempis has been an integral part of the thriving Chicago jazz and improvised music scene since 1997.  With a background in ethnomusicology and African studies at Northwestern University, including a year spent at the University of Ghana, Rempis burst onto the creative music scene at the age of 22 when he joined the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe, an active schedule that he still maintains to the present day.  At the same time, Rempis began to develop the many Chicago-based groups for which he’s currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, Triage, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and  The Rempis/Daisy Duo.  Other collaborations have included work with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Fred Anderson, Peter Brötzmann, C. Spencer Yeh, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, and Joe McPhee.  Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics’s Poll as a “rising star” on alto saxophone, and as a “rising star” and “established talent” on baritone saxophone.  In 2013, he started his own record label, Aerophonic Records, to document this ongoing work. 

Rempis’ musical expression draws on a number of touchstones.  While heavily improvisational in nature, his Greek ethnicity, studies in jazz and ethnomusicology, an appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of contempory composition, and a love for unforgivingly strident yelps, screeches, and squeals that can encompass the ever-evolving state of human depravity all inform his work. 

Aside from his role as a musician and composer, Rempis has worked tirelessly as a presenter.  Since 2002, he’s organized and produced a weekly series of improvised music at Chicago’s Elastic Arts Foundation.  He was a founding member of Umbrella Music, and one of the lead producers and curators of its annual festival in Chicago from 2006-2014, and served as the business manager of the Pitchfork Music Festival from 2005-2016.  He currently works with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Thanks for your support and more soon……

 

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ScottClark4tet @ Commercial Taphouse Nov. 17th 9pm

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This Sunday (November 17th) at 9pm the ScottClark4tet will be playing at the Commercial Taphouse in our fair city #rva.  It’s always a great honor to get to play with this group and we’re excited to try out some of our new music.

I still have a few copies of our record A&B and I’ll have them with me.
(in the meantime you can still purchase digital copies here http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/)

I hope that you can join us….

November 17th, 2013
ScottClark4tet
Commercial Taphouse
9pm FREE
11 North Robinson St.
Richmond, VA 23220

ScottClark4tet:
Cameron Ralston-bass
Bob Miller-trumpet
Jason Scott-saxophone
Scott Clark-drums

more soon….and thank you for all of the support

Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley Duo w/ EGAHI @ ForInstance Gallery 10/5

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I’m really excited to announce a show that will be happening on Saturday, October 5th at ForInstance Gallery (107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA).  The show will feature the duo Ken Vandermark (saxophone) and Nate Wooley (trumpet).  Both musicians have been to Richmond many times in the past, but this is the first time that they will be here playing together.  Ken and Nate are truly two of my favorite musicians and I can’t wait to have them both back in Richmond.

Opening the show will be a new group of mine called “EGAHI” featuring Scott Burton on guitar and Jason Ajemian on bass.  Scott and I have been making music together for many years in various bands.  I have also had the opportunity to get to play with Jason a number of times and it’s a real honor for me to have a group with both of them.

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More information on Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley can be found below…or by clicking on the links to their websites.  If you are unfamiliar with their work, I hope you will take the time to check out more of their music and join us to hear these world class musicians live.

Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley Duo w/EGAHI
Saturday October 5th, 2013
ForInstance Gallery
107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA
$10 suggested donation
Doors at 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/506367972790026/

Ken Vandermark

http://www.kenvandermark.com

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990’s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

Citations of Merit:

  • One of the “Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, 1994” (Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1995) for his work with the Vandermark Quartet.
  • Selected as one of the “25 For The Future,” the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40, by Down Beat magazine, June 1998.
  • Selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.
  • In 2004 was named among the “Musicians Of The Year” by All About Jazz, New York.
  • Picked as one of Chicago’s “40 Cultural Heroes” by Time Out magazine in September 2008.
  • Was the first musician to be featured leading his own groups two years in a row at the Newport Jazz Festival (the Vandermark 5 in 2009, Powerhouse Sound in 2010).
  • Selected as “Artist in Residence” for the Chicago Jazz Festival, 2012.

Nate Wooley

http://natewooley.com

Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13.   His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.

Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes.  He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet.  Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong.  A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.

In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language.  Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter”, and Downbeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole”.  His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals.  In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.

Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (www.dramonline.org) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American (www.soundamerican.org) both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. He also runs Pleasure of the Text which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums.

AZUL & ScottClark4tet @ Balliceaux 9/18

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I hope you’ll join us at Balliceaux on September 18th when we share the stage with AZUL. AZUL features Brian Caputo on drums, Greg Howard on chapman stick and John D’earth on trumpet. I’ve heard some of their music and it is truly special music by truly amazing musicians.  We can’t wait to share the stage with them.  Here is just a small taste from one of their first shows…..

The show starts at 9:30pm and is free.

The ScottClark4tet is Cameron Ralston on bass, Jason Scott on sax, Bob Miller on trumpet and myself on drums.

AZUL & ScottClark4tet
Wednesday September 18th

Balliceaux 
203 N. Lombardy St
9:30pm FREE

more info can on AZUL can be found on Greg Howard’s webpage
http://www.greghoward.com/azul/

https://www.facebook.com/events/199738680204594/

…..more soon

ScottClark4tet @ Commercial Taphouse 8/11 9pm

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Join us as we make our return to one of the best spots in rva, the Commercial Taphouse.
It’s been some time since we played at the Taphouse and we’re looking forward to trying out some new music.
(music by  Jean Sibelius, Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus…and all the ScottClark4tet standards….)

Also, we’ll be starting the music right at 9pm…..

And if you’ve been waiting for your chance to purchase one of the last few physical copies of our record “A&B”, now’s your chance.  (all major credit cards accepted…..!)

Thank you for all of your support…..

Sunday August 11
9:00pm sharp
Free
11 North Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 23220

ScottClark4tet:
Cameron Ralston-bass
Jason Scott-saxophone
Bob Miller-trumpet
Scott Clark-drums

more soon……….

The Jazz Session Archives

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I know that Jason Crane stopped doing the Jazz Session Podcast in October of 2012, but he has been so kind to all of us and has left the archive available for all of us to enjoy.  There are so many great interviews in the archives (Jack DeJohnette, David Liebman, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Matana Roberts, John D’earth….and on and on and on and on!!) (also a few RVA musicians).  It’s such a great resource for all of us musicians, and for the public at large, interested in learning more about so many great musicians of today.  I find myself continuing to go back to Jason’s site to listen to interviews that I’ve already listened to or to see if there are interviews with musicians that I’d love to hear talk about their music and their art. (and also to discover new musicians that I might not have heard of).

I just want to share this site again for anyone interested….and I hope that this great resource stays available for a long time.

You can learn more about Jason Crane here http://jasoncrane.org
And here is a direct link to the Jazz Session http://thejazzsession.com

more soon……

New Glows in the Dark Album out 3/12

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New Glows in the Dark Album out March 12

I’m really excited about the new Glows in the Dark album “Research and Development”, which will be released on March 12th.  The record features a collaboration between Glows and hip hop MCs Count Bass D, John Robinson, 20/20, Jawwaad Taylor and remixes by Just Plain Ant, Yamin Semali and Marijuana Deathsquads.  It’s been a dream of mine to collaborate with musicians from the hip hop community for a long time and it’s a real honor to have the first time be with such great MCs.

You can pre-order the album now and get an immediate download of the track “Fluorescence” featuring John Robinson.

Also, check out the new video (produced by Studio in the Sun) for the song “Ed Bradley”.

Glows in the Dark is:
Scott Burton-guitar/composions
Cameron Ralston-bass
John Lilley-saxophone
Reggie Pace-trombone
Scott Clark-drums

….more soon

Bandcamp Birthday Blowout Comb

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(yeah the title of the post is a Digable Planets reference….and?)
If you’ve been waiting to get the ScottClark4tet record “A&B”, now’s the time.  In celebration of my birthday you can download your copy from the Bandcamp page for $5.  Enjoy! And thank you to everyone for all of your support….

More music to come…..

(you can see us live on Sunday Feb. 10th at the Commercial Taphouse, Richmond, VA)

click the A&B below to go to the Bandcamp page to download the album…..
ScottClark4tet A&B

RVA Solo Night @ FORinstance Gallery

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I am really excited about this Friday’s show as part of our continuing series at FORinstance Gallery.  This show has been in the works for a long time and it’s finally happening (and I hope this will be the first of many such nights!)  This Friday, Jan 11th, will feature solo sets by some of my favorite musicians in Richmond including Bryan Hooten-trombone, Scott Burton-guitar, Cameron Ralston-bass and a special duo performance featuring Kevin Johnson-tabla and Paul Willson-sarod.
(I will also be performing a short solo set as well).

I hope to see you there….

Doors will open at 7:30pm with music starting promptly at 8pm.
FORinstance Gallery is located at 107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23220
(right next door to Beauregard’s Thai Room….with plenty of on street parking)
$5 suggested donation

Thanks for the support…..more soon……

 

 

 

Jeb Bishop & Jorrit Dijkstra w/ScottClark3tet+1 (w/Bryan Hooten)

I’m excited to let everyone know about the next show in the series that we’ve been doing at the wonderful ForInstance Gallery in Richmond, VA (107 East Cary St.). This wednesday (11/14) will feature former Chicago trombone player, now living in North Carolina, Jeb Bishop in a duo performance with the great saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra. They are touring in support of their new album “1000 Words”.
(You can hear some samples of their music, and purchase a copy of their new album, on their bandcamp page at http://driffrecords.bandcamp.com/album/1000-words

Joining the show will be a slight variation of my ScottClark4tet, this time group will feature Bryan Hooten on trombone.

I hope you can come and join us for a great night of music and welcome these musicians to rva. ForInstance Gallery is a great intimate space to hear just this kind of music. Plus the backdrop of the amazing art by Martin Johnson makes for a truly unique experience.

Find more about Jeb Bishop and Jorrit Dijkstra via the links below:
http://www.jebbishop.com/
http://www.jorritdijkstra.com/

Doors at 8:30pm
$5-$10 donation
Forinstance Gallery
107 East Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220

I look forward to seeing everyone there…..

(http://www.facebook.com/events/128918747261296/)