Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Kandinsky Effect to Tour North America & Europe in Support of 'Somnambulist'



Globetrotting Trio, The Kandinsky Effect,

Release Somnambulist, a New Album of Carefully Crafted Tunes Infused with Jazz & Post-Rock, Soundscapes & Electronica

&
Embark on a 25-Date North American/European Tour during March/April 2015

[l/r: Warren Walker, Caleb Dolister, Gaël Petrina, credit: The Love Studio]


"The Kandinsky Effect is without a doubt one of the most individual-sounding, refreshing and outrageous forces currently operating in the more exciting fringes of the musical spectrum."
-Igloo Magazine

"Come to this show blindfolded and you’ll have a hard time believing the music is being created by just three people."
-Capital Bop
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THE KANDINSKY EFFECT //SOMNAMBULIST// ON TOUR


The Kandinsky Effect will be touring Spring/Summer 2015 and throughout the 2015/16 season in support of their new release, Somnambulist, out now on Cuneiform Records! Below, you will find detailed concert information for each tour date.

USA/CANADA

March 2 - New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
212.477.4155 / info@rockwoodmusichall.com
http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com/
11:00 pm / 21+ / FREE (one drink minimum per set)

March 3 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 / info@therex.ca
http://www.therex.ca/


March 4 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 / info@therex.ca
http://www.therex.ca/


March 5 - Cleveland, OH
Nighttown
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.795.0550 - nighttowncleveland@gmail.com
http://www.nighttowncleveland.com/
8:00 PM / $15 [Buy Tickets]

March 6 - Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 / info@cliffbells.com
http://www.cliffbells.com/
9:00 PM / $10

March 7 - Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 / info@cliffbells.com
http://www.cliffbells.com/
9:30 PM / $10

March 10 - Salem, OR
Willamette University
Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
7:30 PM
https://cal.willamette.edu/calendar/

March 11 - Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark
Portland, OR

March 11 - Portland, OR
Mount Hood Community College
Portland, OR


March 12 - Reno, NV
The Loving Cup
188 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509
The Loving Cup on Facebook
775.322.2480

March 13 - Reno, NV
University of Nevada
Reno, NV

March 13 - Truckee, CA
Moody's
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161
530.587.8688
http://moodysbistro.com/


March 14 - Truckee, CA
Moody's
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161
530.587.8688
http://moodysbistro.com/


March 16 - Sacramento, CA
Luna's Cafe
1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.441.3931 /
http://www.lunascafe.com/

March 17 - Petaluma, CA
The Big Easy
128 American Alley
Petaluma, CA 94952
707.776.4631 / info@speakeasypetaluma.com
http://www.bigeasypetaluma.com

March 19 - Los Angeles, CA
Blue Whale
123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.538.8038 / info@bluewhalemusic.com
http://bluewhalemusic.com/

EUROPE

April 2 - London, UK
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ, UK
020.7254.4097 / info@vortexjazz.co.uk
http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/

April 3 - Lyon, France
Le Périscope
13 rue Delandine
69002 Lyon, France
http://www.periscope-lyon.com/

April 4 - Marseille, France

April 5 - Torino, Italy
Samo
Corso Tortona, 52
10153 Turin, Italy
info@same-oh.it
http://www.same-oh.it/

April 7 - Eaubonne, France
Jazz á Eaubonne
l'Orangerie avenue de l'Europe
Eaubonne, France 95600
eaubonne.jazz@free.fr
http://eaubonne.jazz.free.fr/

April 8 - Paris, France
Alimentation Generale
Paris, France
http://alimentation-generale.net/

April 9 - Zagreb, Croatia
KSET
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
+385 1 6129 758 / info@kset.org
https://www.kset.org/

April 10 - Murska Sobota, Slovenia
MIKK
Trubarjev drevored 4
9000 Murska Sobota, Slovenia
http://www.mikk.si/

April 11 - Prague, Czech Republic
Mladi Jazz Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
http://www.mladiladijazz.cz/

April 15 - Savona, Italy
Raindogs House
Piazza Pippo Rebagliati
17100 Savona SV, Italy
info@raindogshouse.com
http://raindogshouse.com/

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For SHOW UPDATES, see:
www.thekandinskyeffect.com - http://cuneiformrecords.com/tours.html

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THE KANDINSKY EFFECT
SOMNAMBULIST


STREAM/SHARE: "Somnambulist"

@SOUNDCLOUD / @BANDCAMP / @YOUTUBE

Cat. #: Rune 408, Format: CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Jazz / Post-Jazz / Ambient

The Kandinsky Effect
is
Warren Walker - saxophone / effects
Gaël Petrina - bass / effects
Caleb Dolister - drums / percussion



Somnambulist Album Preview/EPK

On Somnambulist, The Kandinsky Effect wields its musical power in a welcoming way. Their 3rd album (and 2nd for Cuneiform Records) isn't form-eschewing free jazz, nor are the tonalities the trio employs particularly "out." The real revelation – and revolution – comes simply in the way saxophonist Warren Walker, bassist Gael Petrina, and drummer Caleb Dolister organize sound.

The Paris-and-New York-based trio is a purist's nightmare -- and not only that of a jazz purist either. Since their first, self-titled album came out in 2010, The Kandinsky Effect has been boldly blending jazz with elements of everything from hip-hop to electronic music, making for an idiosyncratic amalgam that never goes exactly where you might expect it to.

If you can envision a world in which a contemporary jazz giant like Joshua Redman jams with The Roots and electronic instigator Aphex Twin, then you have a head start on your ability to assimilate the sound of Somnambulist. But nothing can completely prepare you for its marriage of groove, atmosphere, and incendiary playing.

The Kandinsky Effect feel that this album is their most effectively conceived collection of music to date. "I feel like I had a clearer idea of what I was looking for in the sound of my compositions and how to approach writing for this group," says bandleader Walker, " it's a sort of coming-of-age piece."

For an album so full of fire, Somnambulist has some surprisingly leisurely origins. Much of the material was composed by Walker in Dominical, Costa Rica, during a lengthy stay in a beach-side shack. "I was there for a few months just writing music," he recalls, "playing saxophone and surfing to see what would come out from me compositionally in a totally different, non-city environment."

As it turns out, though, there was a fair amount of psychic friction to be found in the aforementioned seemingly bucolic environment during Walker's time there. "'Tagzhout'" was written in Tagzhout, a small fishing/surfing village in Morocco," explains Walker. "It was written on the day of Eid, a religious holiday where everyone slaughters a goat in the street. To me the whole experience was very dark, and there was blood everywhere on the streets. On the days leading up to it people are driving with live goats tied to their roof…witnessing these things may have shaped this tune a little."



But that tune, with Walker's bobbing and weaving sax riding the roiling rhythms of Petrina and Dolister, isn't the only one with a dark backstory. And Walker’s compositions aren’t the only ones on Somnambulist born in exotic locales. Petrina’s tunes were written in San Remo, Italy and Tulum, Mexico, while the origin for one of Dolister’s works, “Annabelle Chases a Bug,” can be traced to memories of a cat in Nashville, Tennessee. Another Dolister tune, "Sad Fly" has its origins as one of the accompaniments to a decidedly quirky animated film named Spacefish, which the drummer describes thusly: "In the animation, 'Sad Flies' are a swarm of tiny insects that play sad music to trick unsuspecting travelers, slowly leading them into a massive suicidal depression so that they can feed on their eventual corpses." Don't be too afraid though, Dolister says, "the version Kandinsky Effect plays is nowhere near as dark, but much more about developing a feeling of apprehension."

The ability to incorporate a broad range of musical, geographical, and emotional influences into their music is at the core of The Kandinsky Effect's makeup. Formed 2007 in Paris, France, the original lineup began performing as the Warren Walker Trio, and included Petrina and Parisian drummer Gautier Garrigue. Not long after, they named themselves The Kandinsky Effect in homage to Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, and recorded a self-named album, released in 2010 on SNP Records. While influenced by hip-hop and electronics, their debut album was much more rooted in jazz and featured mostly acoustic instrumentation. Dolister joined for The Kandinsky Effect’s Cuneiform debut,  2013’s Synesthesia, which began to expand the band's sound, blending everything from Petrina’s fondness for electronica (IDM) to Dolister’s love of heavy rock bands like Meshuggah, and Walker’s unique approach to composition and electronic soundscapes.

Over the years, the group has traveled extensively to perform with multiple trips and tours to Europe, Asia, and North America, perfecting what Dolister calls their "intellectual groove instrumental music." And from the slip-sliding beats and slithering sax lines of opening track "Copalchi Distress Signal" to the insistent pulse and layered, lyrical melodies of closing cut "Muji," there's a feeling of the refinement process reaching fruition on Somnambulist.

"Somnambulist is definitely a step forward when it comes to composition and execution," assesses Dolister. "The album documents the growth and identity of the band over the last several years… that’s displayed the most in the compositions. This is the band’s first record in which all of the songs were composed or arranged with the intention of being on this record. …we coordinated the writing to decide whether each composition would compliment or contrast another, or create a certain reaction, or use a specific theme. …this gives the album a much stronger listening experience from start to finish. We learned a lot from making our previous album, Synesthesia…With Somnambulist, we had a much clearer idea of how to approach the recording process. In general, Somnambulist is a much more cohesive statement."

PROMOTIONAL TRACK //
If you'd like to share music from this release with your friends, please feel free to use the following track:
"Somnambulist": @SOUNDCLOUD / @BANDCAMP / @YOUTUBE

VIDEO //

The Kandinsky Effect @ Catai Jazz & Blues Fest / CDS


The Kandinsky Effect "If Only" @ The Blue Whale


PURCHASE SOMNAMBULIST
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ARTIST SITES //
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THE KANDINSKY EFFECT RELEASES ON CUNEIFORM


The Kandinsky Effect
Somnambulist

[2015, Rune 408]
Amazon - iTunes
Bandcamp - Wayside


The Kandinsky Effect
Synesthesia

[2013, Rune 358]
Amazon - iTunes
Bandcamp - Wayside
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Phillip Johnston in NYC - March 2015: Residency @ The Stone; The Micros; Art Spiegelman + WORDLESS!


Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Johnston,
Co-Leader of The Microscopic Septet,
Returns to NYC in March 2015 to Celebrate his 60th Birthday with a Whirlwind of Concerts



- 2+ Concerts by The Microscopic Septet -
- a Week Residency at John Zorn's The Stone -
- 2 Performances of Wordless with Art Spiegelman -



[Phillip Johnston | credit: photographer Andrew Cowen (Australia) ]


New York composer/saxophonist Phillip Johnston has been living in Sydney, Australia since 2005, although frequently returning to New York City to perform and record and to work with a diverse array of collaborators. On the occasion of recently turning 60 (January 22 2015), he will perform a weeklong residency at John Zorn’s music venue The Stone, presenting twelve different musical offering over 6 nights, from March 3rd through 8th. These will include both new and old collaborations, ranging through solo soprano saxophone, a series of duos and trios, and some medium-sized ensembles. It will end with a set-length large-ensemble composition, similar in type to what Johnston had presented in such NYC venues as InRoads in the 1980s, and featuring musicians drawn from the entire week. In anticipation of his Stone residency, over the next few weeks Johnston will post free audio files on SoundCloud to give an aroma of some of the performances.

Johnston has long served (since the 1980s!) as co-leader/co-composer of NYC's Microscopic Septet, and his New York sojourn will include several redically different performances with that legendary ensemble. On March 5th at The Stone, as part of Johnston's residency, The Microscopic Septet will play its first-ever concert of free improvisations – a one-time event! Two days later, a unique variant of The Micros performs at The Stone: The Microscopic Saxophone Quartet. Finally, on March 19th, the Septet will play many of its beloved compositions at Small’s Jazz Club.
During the second week of March, Johnston and his jazz sextet will present two performances the North East of Wordless!, his multi-media collaboration with Art Spiegelman. Spiegelman, Johnston and his sextet will present Wordless! on March 10th at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and on March 13th in NYC, at Columbia University.

http://www.phillipjohnston.com/

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PHILLIP JOHNSTON
NYC CONCERT DATES: MARCH 2015


THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET
NYC DATES



March 5, 2015
an evening of free improvisations!
10PM
The Microscopic Septet
The Stone, New York City
Located at the center of
Avenue C and 2nd Street
http://www.thestonenyc.com
March 19, 2015
an evening of compositions!
9:30 PM
The Microscopic Septet
Smalls Jazz Club

183 West 10th Street
New York, NY
http://www.smallsjazzclub.com/
March 7, 2015
compositions for saxophone quartet by Phillip Johnston
8PM
The Microscopic Saxophone Quartet
The Stone, NYC
http://www.thestonenyc.com

The Microscopic Septet are widely considered one of the most important and unique bands to come out of the New York Downtown scene of the 1980s. Never sufficiently contained by a single category, the Micros—co-led by by soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel Forrester—formed during a remarkable period of musical experimentation and quickly distinguished themselves as a raucously fun, musically adept, and wickedly clever jazz band.

Originally active from 1980–1992 and reunited annually since 2006, the Micros mix a reeds-and-rhythm texture similar to those of the Swing Era with influences from the entire continuum of jazz. The result is a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding ideas, orchestrations, and inspired soloing, topped by a unique combination of swing, energy, and humor that DownBeat Magazine recently described as “seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz.”

But their inspiration is by no means limited to jazz alone. The Micros reward even casual listeners with tasty bits of klezmer, Latin, R&B, tango, and tributes to pop entertainment ranging from silent comedy through big-screen melodrama, with stops at Warner Brothers cartoons and B-movie camp along the way. Unencumbered by the humorless purism of uptown jazz critics, audiences quickly recognized what the former took decades to see: music this eclectic doesn't require a cap and gown to appreciate it.

http://www.microscopicseptet.com/

"One of the most distinctive sounds in contemporary jazz."
-John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET :: ALBUMS ON CUNEIFORM


[cover art by: Antonia Pesenti]

THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET
MANHATTAN MOONRISE
"Let's Coolerate One" (mp3 download)
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

Release Date: 5/27/2014 - Genre: Jazz
Format: CD / Digital Download

"Time has been kind to The Microscopic Septet ... Ever the pranksters, the Micros continue to invoke myriad references in their quixotic musical vision, seamlessly unifying disparate antecedents into surprisingly cohesive compositions: “Hang It On a Line” integrates the familiar chord changes of Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” into an episodic feature for Dave Sewelson’s protean baritone; “Occupy Your Life” transposes the iconic second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony into an austere tango; and the lilting melody of “Star Turn” deftly evokes Mancini by way of Monk.....
Perhaps it was their lengthy hiatus – although an argument could easily be made for the charismatic appeal of Johnston and Forrester’s timeless melodies and sophisticated arrangements – but these fellas still sound inspired. Joyously performed by seasoned veterans, Manhattan Moonrise fits seamlessly into the Micros’ oeuvre, an effort as singularly engaging as the Septet’s earliest recordings.
–Troy Collins, Point of Departure


[cover art by: Barry Blitt]

The Microscopic Septet
Friday the 13th:
The Micros Play Monk
[2010, Rune 310]
Amazon - iTunes
Bandcamp - Wayside

[cover art by: Keith Lo Bue]

The Microscopic Septet
Lobster Leaps In
[2008, Rune 272]
Amazon - iTunes
Bandcamp - Wayside

[cover art by: Art Spiegelman]

The Microscopic Septet
Seven Men in Neckties:
History of the Micros, Volume 1
[2006, Rune 236/237]
Amazon
Bandcamp - Wayside

[cover art by: Art Spiegelman]

The Microscopic Septet
Surrealistic Swing:
History of the Micros, Volume 2
[2006, Rune 238/239]
Amazon - iTunes
Bandcamp - Wayside

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PHILLIP JOHNSTON AT THE STONE
MARCH 3–8, 2015


The Stone, New York City
Located at the center of
Avenue C and 2nd Street
http://www.thestonenyc.com
every night sets at 8pm and 10pm


ADMISSION
general $15 per set (unless otherwise noted)
students 13 to 19 $10 per set at all times
children 12 and under admitted FREE

there are no advance ticket sales all admissions are at the door prior to each performance.



Tues Mar 3
8PM: Phillip Johnston solo + in multiples
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone.
The set opens with a set of solo soprano saxophone pieces created over the last few decades; the second half of the set will consist of new pieces for multiple saxophones, created with pre-recorded overdubbing of up to 16 soprano saxophone tracks. [SAMPLE TRACK]

10PM: Phillip Johnston's Idea
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Joe Gallant: e bass, David Hofstra: e bass; Richard Dworkin: drums.
An improvising groove-oriented improvising quartet, from the era of punk-funk and No Wave, this is a reunion of a group that hasn't performed together since the mid-1980s. Hofstra and Dworkin are 2/3rds of the Microscopic Septet, but both have a deep history in the NYC New/No-Wave scene, being veterans of The Contortions, Chinese Puzzle, James White, The Waitresses, The Raybeats.

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Wed Mar 4
8PM: Phillip Johnston/Edward Johnson Duo
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Edward Johnson: piano
Pianist Edward Johnson has been creating a steady buzz among musicians in the know in his appearances with Tom Rainey, Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Helias, and Tony Malaby. This is a brand new collaboration and sure to be a memorable debut.

10PM: Phillip Johnston's New Big Trouble
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Joe Fiedler: trombone; Mike Hashim: baritone saxophone; Neil Kirkwood: piano; David Hofstra: bass; Rob Garcia: drums
This current version of the early 90s ensemble that recorded two CDs for Black Saint and one for Avant, was formed in order to perform the music for Johnston's collaboration with Art Spiegelman, Wordless! At this gig the sextet will perform new non-Wordless music.

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Thu Mar 5
8PM: Guy Klucevsek/Phillip Johnston Duo
Guy Klusevsek: accordion; Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
In the early 2000s New Music accordionist and jazz musician Phillip Johnston performed a repertoire of tunes composed by both of them. They toured the US & Europe and produced a Winter & Winter CD, Tales of the Cryptic, which prompted the New Yorker to write, "two players who share a sly, delightfully skewed way with musical idioms, Klucevsek and Johnston, are world-class instrumentalists and, seemingly, natural partners."
    This reunion will be the first time the duo has performed together since the early 2000s.


10PM: The Microscopic Septet - improvisations
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Don Davis: alto saxophone; Mike Hashim: tenor saxophone; Dave Sewelson: baritone saxophone; Joel Forrester: piano; Dave Hofstra: bass Richard Dworkin: drums
Since 1981, the Microscopic Septet has been famed for the "turn-on-a-dime-precision" of their compositions and arrangements, and their stylistic references to the history of swing, bop, blues and R&B. This gig will contain none of that. Through the years of performing exquisitely crafted arrangements, the Micros have all individually maintained their roots in the free jazz and improvised music traditions. For the first time ever, the Micros perform an entire of evening of free improvisation.

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Fri Mar 6
8PM: Joe Ruddick/Phillip Johnston Duo
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Joe Ruddick: piano
Joe Ruddick was Johnston's most frequent collaborator through the 1990s and early 2000s. In the Transparent Quartet and Big Trouble, on numerous compositions for film, dance and silent film, Ruddick's piano, organ and sampling keyboards were the foundation. After years of performing pages and pages of written music together, tonight they perform an entire set of free improvisations.

10PM: The Spokes
Andy Biskin: clarinet; Curt Hasselbring: trombone; Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Chamber jazz compositions by three individualistic composers, performed by a rhythm-section-less horn trio of clarinet/trombone/soprano saxophone. Reviews invoke Satie, Zappa, Copland, New Orleans jazz, klezmer, and circus music. In reviewing their CD Not So Fast Jazz Times said they had, "imagination to burn."

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Sat Mar 7
8PM: The Microscopic Saxophone Quartet
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Don Davis: alto saxophone; Mike Hashim: tenor saxophone; Dave Sewelson: baritone saxophone
The saxophonists from the Microscopic Septet (without the rhythm section of Forrester/Hofstra/Dworkin). With special guests.

10PM: Irwin/Johnston/Tomney
Pat Irwin: guitar, keyboards; Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Ed Tomney: guitar, keyboards, analogue synths
An improvising and composing ensemble composed of three film music composers, they have been collaborating via the internet to collective tracks: this will be their first live performance together. All three share a background of straddling commercial and avant-garde music worlds for decades.

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Sun Mar 8
8PM: Ned Rothenberg/Phillip Johnston Duo
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone; Ned Rothenberg: reeds
Two veterans of the Downtown NYC music scene of the 1980s, Johnston and Rothenberg will perform in duo together for the first time since their performance with Chris Abrahams in Sydney in 2008.

10PM: Phillip Johnston's Very Big Trouble
A set-length ensemble piece, in the tradition of works created by Johnston at 70s and 80s New Music venues in the 70s and 80s, featuring musicians drawn from the week's performances, and other musical friends from his 40-year career.

for more info on
Phillip Johnston 2015 Residency at The Stone,
and for links to sound samples etc, please see: http://www.phillipjohnston.com/pj.stone_1.html
http://www.phillipjohnston.com/pj.stone_2.html
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ART SPIEGELMAN & PHILLIP JOHNSTON
WORDLESS!
MARCH 2015 PERFORMANCES



March 10, 2015

7:30 PM
WORDLESS!
Art Spiegelman & Phillip Johnston

Main Stage, ’62 Center at Williams College
1000 Main St
Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Tickets: FREE [but required, reserve here.]
https://events.williams.edu
March 13, 2015

7:30 PM
WORDLESS!
Art Spiegelman & Phillip Johnston

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
MC 1801 | New York, NY 10027
Tickets: $25-$45 [Buy Single Tickets]
http://www.millertheatre.com



In his Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Maus, Art Spiegelman changed the definition of comics forever. In "WORDLESS!" -- a new and stimulating hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance -- he probes further into the nature and possibilities of his medium.

Spiegelman, a noted historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores he will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston’s music accompanies the cartoonist’s personal tour of the first legitimate “graphic novels”— silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward and Milt Gross—and their influence on him. As Spiegelman explores “the battle between Words and Pictures,” he smashes at the hyphen between High and Low Art in a presentation featuring a new work drawn specifically for this project, “Shaping Thought.”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

John Hollenbeck's The Claudia Quintet to Tour Europe and Florida, Feb-Mar 2015


The Claudia Quintet Winter Tour

John Hollenbeck's The Claudia Quintet
to Tour Europe and Florida
February-March 2015


[L-R: Red Wierenga, Matt Moran, John Hollenbeck, Chris Speed, Drew Gress]

Led by composer, drummer and three-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet have quietly but firmly and definitively recast jazz into shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. They are one of the most influential stylists on other musicians involved in cutting-edge jazz today. The Claudia Quintet have shaped the sound of what jazz is today, and what jazz can be.

"The buzz around this New York ensemble has grown to a roar over the last few years, which is a delicious irony given that The Claudia Quintet is often at its most affecting when playing sotto voce, as if content to whisper rather than bellow... Claudia is a jazz group questioning the divide between genres and points in time.” - Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Music

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The Claudia Quintet Winter Tour:
February-March 2015

- performances at festivals & other venues -

THE CLAUDIA QUINTET EUROPEAN TOUR

FRIDAY, FEB 13
Granollers Jazz Festival - Casino de Granollers
 Carrer d'Agustí Vinyamata, 21 Barcelona, Spain
10:00 PM

SATURDAY, FEB 14
House concert!
Corso XX Settembre 39, Cremona Italy
8:00 PM

MONDAY, FEB 16
Round Midnight Trieste
Via ginnastica 39, Trieste, Italy
9:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEB 18
Südtirol Jazzfestival at Batzen Sudwerk
Via Andreas Hofer 30, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
9:00 PM €15/10

THURSDAY, FEB 19
Kulak präsentiert: CQ at Stanzerei Baden
Bruggerstrasse 37, Baden, Switzerland
8:15 PM

FRIDAY, FEB 20
Kunsthaus Nexus
Am Postplatz 1, Saalfelden, Austria
8:00 PM Adult €17, Child/Senior €13




THE CLAUDIA QUINTET FLORIDA TOUR

FRIDAY, FEB 27
St. Petersburg Jazz Festival @ SPC Music Center
6605 5th Ave North, St. Petersburg FL USA
8:00 PM $15
http://www.stpetejazzfest.com/tickets

SATURDAY, FEB 28 (w/ Royal Toast)
The Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater (The Gleason Room)
1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach FL
7:30 PM $20-35
http://www.fillmoremb.com

SUNDAY, MAR 1
Timucua white house: presented by thecm5
2000 South Summerlin St., Orlando FL
7:30 PM FREE
http://thecm5.com/upcoming-events/

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For Tour Updates, see:
http://johnhollenbeck.com/live/

For more information on The Claudia Quintet, see:




"...Touching on enough influences to resemble an expertly curated corner record shop-a thicket of Steve Reich-informed vibraphone here, a dash of knotty chamber jazz there -the Claudia Quintet is one of the more adventurous jazz ensembles working today. ...unexpected pleasures lie below the surface. ... Rich with...empathetic interplay that never allows one player to rise above any other for long, the Claudia Quintet doesn’t entirely sound like anybody else. Which is exactly what makes them worth seeking out.”
- Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

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CLAUDIA QUINTET RELEASES ON CUNEIFORM


"The Claudia Quintet...is one of the most exciting groups in contemporary jazz. ...Each of the discs comes at you with the force of a manifesto: this band knows exactly what it is about, and the compositions charge forward with inevitability. ... the band now sounds so thoroughly integrated and seamless that you'd think it was a tenor-trumpet quintet or a 16-piece big band. ...The Claudia Quintet, inimitable, deserves to inspire." - Will Layman, PopMatters



The Claudia Quintet
September
[2013, Rune 377]
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The Claudia Quintet
What is the Beautiful?
[2011, Rune 327]
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The Claudia Quintet
Royal Toast (with Gary Versace)
[2010, Rune 307]
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The Claudia Quintet
For
[2007, Rune 247]
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The Claudia Quintet
Semi-Formal
[2005, Rune 217]
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The Claudia Quintet
I, Claudia
[2004, Rune 187]
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