ARTIST ROSTER 2015/16
Our 2015/16 ARTIST ROSTER is our strongest and most diverse ever, ranging from genre-defying multimedia projects by pianist Myra Melford and violinist/vocalist Jenny Scheinman to the Afro-Cuban jazz explorations of drummer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Yosvany Terry, the mesmerizing Czech solo performer Iva Bittová to the fresh sounds of the young brass quartet The Westerlies, and from the cinematic chamber jazz of Tin Hat to two masters of musical economy, Venezuelan-born pianist Edward Simon and Denver-based cornetist Ron Miles.
NEW ARTIST ROSTER ADDITIONS
Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon Ancestral Memories Quartet one-sheet, EPK
With grant support from the French-American Jazz Exchange Program, Cuban-American saxophonist Yosvany Terry and French pianist Baptiste Trotignon present a unique new program inspired by the rich and diverse musical traditions that emerged from the African Diaspora in the United States and former French colonies in the Americas. Named Ancestral Memories, the project captures the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of the Caribbean, New Orleans and French Louisiana, re-imagined through 21st century aesthetics and a jazz sensibility. Ancestral Memories also features Terry’s longtime rhythm section of bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Obed Calvaire, both of Haitian heritage.
John Schott Actual Trio with Dan Seamans and John Hanes one-sheet
Guitarist John Schott’s Actual Trio with Dan Seamans, bass and John Hanes, drums has been playing regularly for three years in the Bay Area, earning a devoted following and developed a repertoire of original material and a distinctive group sound. In his compositions, written especially for this trio and refined through countless rehearsals and gigs, Schott marries deep pockets of groove and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions. The Trio’s debut album, produced by Hans Wendl, will be released in the fall 2015 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Jenny Scheinman's Kannapolis project, featuring historical films by H. Lee Waters, was premiered on March 20, 2015 in Durham, NC at Duke Performances, who commissioned the piece. Details here.
Snowy Egret, the debut album of pianist Myra Melford's quintet of the same name, was released on March 24 on Enja/yellowbird, immediately receiving great reviews in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The band, which also anchors Myra's multimedia project Language of Dreams, performed during her six night residency at The Stone in New York. The residency featured a total of ten projects, including every ensemble she's led over her career. Details here. Snowy Egret will tour the US and Europe in the fall of 2015. Dates TBA soon.
Triangles and Circles, the long-awaited 2nd album by Cuban-American drummer Dafnis Prieto's Sextet, will be released on May 5 on Dafnison Music. EPK. The band will embark on a short West Coast tour including a June 13 performance at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. More tour dates TBA. Album press release. Also, Dafnis and Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda have teamed up for a new duo – drums & harp – that will become available for concerts from the fall of 2015. Details TBA shortly.
Cornetist Ron Miles's trio, newly named Circuit Rider, with guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade, has so far made two critically acclaimed recordings for Enja/yellowbird, Quiver (2012) and Circuit Rider (2014), both of which I had the pleasure to produce. Due to his bandmates' busy schedules, performances of the trio have been rare and limited to Miles' hometown jazz club, Dazzle in Denver, but we hope to see them play together more often in the future.
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