A Workshop for Improvisational Musicians at all Levels
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 3PM - 5PM
Performance at 8PM
Three innovative improvisers, engaging in collective free playing that traverses both ferocious and introspective aspects of their dialogue with tremendous technical skill and highly creative strategies.
"We will work together on developing improvisational concepts and ideas that express our unique voices as musicians. The format of the workshop will include solos and small group work by the workshop leaders and participants, culminating with performances by everyone involved."
Please fill the form out - slots are limited and you must sign up to participate!
Core audience for the workshop:
Musicians who are actively working in the field of improvised/spontaneously composed creative music.
Musicians experienced in classical or jazz traditions who are working on developing their own personal language as an improviser and/or composer.
Fans of improvised/creative music who are interested in the process of making this type of music.
Anyone who is interested in attending the evening performance who would like to gain insight into the working methods and approaches used by the musicians.
Thanks to a generous grant by Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy, the workshop is being offered on a pay-what-you-can donation scale.
DANIEL LEVIN (cello): Cellist Daniel Levin is “one of the instrument’s most brilliant contemporary practitioners” (The Wire). He was born in Burlington, Vermont, and began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music and arrived on the New York City jazz scene shortly thereafter. Since then, Daniel has developed his own distinctive voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer. Ed Hazell noted upon release of Levin’s first record as a leader, “Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music.” Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in his unique sound.
He has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others. Daniel is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation award. He has released more than 20 albums as a leader or co-leader, which can be found on Clean Feed, HatOLOGY, Not Two, Trost, Riti, and various other record labels. Daniel is a REMIC Artist Endorser.
TONY MALABY (saxophone): In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice. Malaby was recently named one of Downbeat's "80 Coolest Things in Jazz", saying that, "[Malaby] is a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection," and that "his considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you." JazzTimes added that Malaby is, "a hero of today's improvised music scene".
Malaby has been recording for the Clean Feed label since the 2007 self-titled debut release of his Tamarindo trio, and since that point, he has released a string of records under his own name for Clean Feed: Voladores, a quartet record featuring drummers Tom Rainey, John Hollenbeck, and Drew Gress; the ambitious nonet record Novela, in which Malaby's compositions were arranged by the gifted composer and pianist Kris Davis; and 2010's Tamarindo Livewhich featured Tamrindo, with the addition of legendary AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.
RANDY PETERSON (drums): Harvey Pekar wrote: "Mr. Peterson is one of the great drummers to emerge in the past couple of decades" (JazzTimes). While in his teens, Randy Peterson was performing ethnic musics as well as shuffle-type straight blues and R&B in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. He did studio work for Hal Leonard Publications, played in jazz combos and taught drums as he honed his skills before moving to Boston in the 1980's. There he began performing with the Joe Maneri Quartet, which gained world-wide recognition and led to recordings on Leo, ECM and hatOLOGY records in the early and mid-90's.
Mr. Peterson developed an improvisational style that addressed the micro-tones that were favored by that group. He also did recordings on Leo with pianist/composer Pandelis Karayorgis in the late 90's, just before moving to New York. Mr. Peterson has performed with Craig Taborn and many other top New York instrumentalists, and has recently toured with composer/ vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu. Mr. Peterson also teaches actively, and has taught at the New School.