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

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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.

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…..

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Free Jazz, Local Morning News, Shows in NYC and CT….and more

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This week the 4tet goes on the road for a short stretch of shows in Connecticut and New York…and we play on the local Richmond CBS morning show “Virginia This Morning”.

First on Tuesday May 8th, we’ll bring our free jazz sounds to the early morning local news.  Free Jazz and Morning News are not usually talked about in the same sentence, so be sure to tune in to see what happens.  The program is on CBS 6 in Richmond, and runs from 9-10am.  We will play twice so we hope you’ll check it out or set the dvr.

Next, on Wednesday May 9th we’re going to New Haven Connecticut to play at The Uncertainty Music Series presented by the great bassist/composer Carl Testa.  The show will take place at The Elm Bar (372 Elm St. New Haven, CT).  Show starts at 9pm ($5 suggested donation) and we’ll be playing 2 sets of music, one of which will be the second performance of our suite of music based off of the book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and on my own research into my family history.  (more info

Then on Thursday May 10th we’ll be playing at IBeam in Brooklyn, NY.  This show will be with Blood Syndicate Trio featuring Darius Jones– alto, Jason Nazary– drums and Sean Conly– bass.  Cameron, Darius and myself used to have a trio together when Darius was still living in Richmond called CUD, and we’re excited to be sharing the stage together again.  The show starts at 8:30 and there is a $10 suggested donation.  (IBeam 168 7th Street  Brooklyn, NY 11215)

And if you happen to be in, or near, Richmond on Wednesday May 9th there is going to be a great show happening in town.  The amazing Peter Evans and Travis Laplante will both be playing solo sets and this will be the second show at the amazing ForInstance Gallery with the phenomenal artwork of local artist Martin B. Johnson (http://www.martinbjohnson.com/) as the back drop to the show.  They will be joined with a great trio of musicians from Richmond featuring Scott Burton- guitar, Pinson Chanselle- drums and John Lilley- sax.  The last show featuring Bererberg was a great success and we’re excited about having these world class musicians coming to Richmond.  We hope that you’ll come show support for the music. (Some more information can be found via the facebook event here http://www.facebook.com/events/420593331292846/)

Peter Evans- Trumpet
Travis Laplante- Saxophone
Scott Burton, Pinson Chanselle, John Lilley
ForInstance Gallery
107 East Cary St Richmond, VA 23220
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00pm
$5 ($10 Suggested Donation)

Thanks for everyone’s support and we hope to see you at these great shows.
Stay tuned for more shows coming in May including the ScottClark4tet cd release show on May 22nd.

Thursday April 19th ScottClark4tet w/Bererberg @ Forinstance Gallery

I am very excited to announce this amazing show with some great musicians from out of town and some from in town as well. And, we’re excited about performing at the amazing ForInstance Gallery with the phenomenal artwork of local artist Martin B. Johnson (http://www.martinbjohnson.com/) as the back drop to the show.

ScottClark4tet
Bererberg (Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Christoph Erb)
ForInstance Gallery
107 East Cary St Richmond, VA 23220
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00pm
$5 ($10 Suggested Donation)

We are very excited about bringing this music to you and we hope that you will help support our community of musicians, and artists, and join us for this great night of music.

This show is going to feature a set with the ScottClark4tet playing music that we’ve been working on inspired by some of the events described in the book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and by my own research into my family history. It is a suite of music that has been exciting for us to explore and we are excited to present it for the first time as a unified suite.
ScottClark4tet:
Cameron Ralston-bass
Bob Miller-trumpet
Jason Scott-saxophone
Scott Clark-drums

We are also excited to welcome cornetist Josh Berman and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm from Chicago and saxophonist Christoph Erb from Switzerland, who form the group Bererberg. More about the band and each of the musicians can be found below.
http://joshberman.net/
http://www.lonberg-holm.info/
http://www.erb.li/

Bererberg
Like the name, a mashup of three individuals with different sensibilities but a unified purpose. All three have worked together in different groups but the idea of making a trio only came recently. Erb and Lonberg-Holm have a forthcoming duo record (Screw and Straw). For Berman and Erb this will be only the most recent collaboration of multiple improvised groupings in the States and Switzerland. Berman and Lonberg-Holm are both members of the Fast Citizens and have logged many hours in ad hoc situations in Chicago. So…Two horns and a strung box. A set of references that span “trad jazz” to “noise rock”. Where the music will go from night to night is an unknown but a commitment to follow through is the only guarantee they can offer.

Fred Lonberg-Holm (BS Brooklyn College, MA Mills College) has studied composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Bunita Marcus and Noah Creshevsky and cello with Orlando Cole and Ardyth Alton. He currently lives in Chicago where he works with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. Current and ongoing projects include the Valentine Trio (with Jason Roebke and Frank Rosaly), the Peter Broetzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe Mcphee’s Survival Unit III (with Michael Zerang), Friction Brothers (Colligan, Lonberg-Holm and Zerang), The Boxhead Ensemble, Horses Ha (Janet Bean and Jim Elkington), ADA trio (w/ Broetzmann and Nilssen-Love) Vox-Arcana, Sherpa, Stirrup, The Fast Citizen’s, Ballister as well as numerous one off projects. He has appeared in numerous festivals on several continents. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Shelly Hirsch, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker as well as a number of guys. He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise.In addition to composing and performing he has made a number of sound installations including recently at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Joymore and Geschiedle Galleries.

For more than ten years, cornetist, improviser, composer and music presenter Josh Berman has been an essential contributor to Chicago’s active improvised music scene. His work encompasses both developing opportunities and forums for presenting improvised music – as co-founder of the critically acclaimed Umbrella Music Group and as vice president and co-curator of the Emerging Improvisers’ Organization – and performing in a variety of highly collaborative formats – including as bandleader of his own groups, Josh Berman’s Old Idea and Josh Berman and His Gang, and as co-leader of the Chicago Luzern Exchange. In Down Beat Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Critic’s Poll, Berman was voted Rising Star, Trumpet. In addition to his work as bandleader, Berman has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Bill Dixon, Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, and Jeb Bishop. He is also a frequent collaborator with dance artists; his most recent collaboration with dancer Ayako Kato and musician Jason Roebke was awarded a CROSSCUT grant for New Collaborations in Sound/Movement from Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Christoph Erb, is a tenor saxophonist / bass clarinetist, improviser, composer and music presenter. He’s born in 1973, in Zürich, and lives in Lucerne, Switzerland where his own label, veto-records, is based. He organized his own festivals including, veto-records Label-Festival and Erb’s Impro Festival. In 2006 he won the ZKB Swiss Jazz prize with his group erb_gut. In 2007 he was awarded the culture prize of the city Lucerne. 2009 brought the Scholarship of the city and canton of Lucerne for a four month stay in Chicago as an artist in residence where he recorded several sessions: Erb/Baker/Zerang, Erb Alone, Erb/Lonberg-Holm/Roebke/Rosaly, and a duo with cellist Lonberg-Holm. He leads his own bands: Lila, Veto, BigVeto and erb_gut. Erb has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein,Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber, Daniel Humair, Harald Härter, Peter Schärli, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfahrt and many others. As a sideman he has collaborated with Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6.