On Friday, November 6th, Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series will reach its midpoint with a rare two-set performance by the electro-acoustic collective, ODE. Founded in 2006, this trio of frequent collaborators, featuring saxophonist Larry Ochs, acoustic bassist Trevor Dunn and electric bassist Lisle Ellis, will be making its Connecticut debut. The group will be joined for this occasion by special guest drummer Michael Sarin, best known to jazz fans for his long-term associations with artists such as Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas and Mario Pavone.
“ODE is a free-ranging collective that relies on the longstanding rapport between three powerful improvisers,” writes the New York Times‘ Nate Chinen. The band describes its music as a mix of composition and improvisation for two acoustic instruments (saxophone and acoustic bass) and Ellis’ sampling and computer-generated sounds, which he calls string-circuitry-confluence. Spurred on by the happenstance of its busy members all being in the same part of the country at the same time, this performance is the band’s second collaboration with Sarin, who also joined them in February for a concert at Roulette in New York.
Ochs is most famous for his 30 year association with the Rova Saxophone Quartet and its related organizations, ensembles and collaborations, but he has also toured and recorded with such esteemed groups as Larry Ochs’ Sax and Drumming Core, Maybe Monday and What We Live. A veteran of more than 70 recordings in a variety of genres, Dunn is a founding member of the avant-rock group Mr. Bungle, a current member of many of John Zorn’s ensembles and the leader of bands such as trio-convulsant. For more than 25 years, first in his native Canada and then in New York and beyond, Ellis has operated at the forefront of the avant-garde, both as a leader of his own bands and with such notable collaborators as Paul Bley, Peter Brötzmann, Andrew Cyrille, Joe McPhee and Cecil Taylor.
2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:
09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio
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