New CDs From Maguire And Hébert Out Today On Firehouse 12 Records

June 16, 2009

Firehouse 12 Records is proud to announce the June 16th release of its first two recordings of 2009.

Sided Silver Solid (FH12-04-01-009) is the second recording by keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire’s longstanding group Floriculture and its first as a quintet with new members Stephanie Griffin (viola) and Oscar Noriega (clarinets). The group, which has performed Maguire’s sophisticated compositions around New York since 2001, also features John Hébert (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).

Hébert makes his long-awaited debut as a bandleader on Byzantine Monkey (FH12-04-01-010) after nearly a decade as one of New York’s most in-demand sidemen. The record documents his sextet of the same name featuring frequent collaborators Michaël Attias (alto and baritone saxophones), Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophones), Adam Kolker (flutes and bass clarinet), Nasheet Waits (drums) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion).

Carl Maguire’s Floriculture will mark the release of Sided Silver Solid a week from tonight on June 23rd at Monkey Town in Brooklyn.

The CD release party for Byzantine Monkey will be a two-night affair at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 25th and 26th.

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FONT Music’s New Trumpet Underground 2009 Begins June 26th

June 12, 2009

Two weeks from tonight, the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) will kick-off New Trumpet Underground 2009, the organization’s first of three forthcoming events in its 7th annual performance season. This three-day gathering, curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Chris DiMeglio, runs Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Eight trumpeters representing a wide range of musical traditions, genres and techniques will perform with their respective ensembles, including Australian-born Nadje Noordhuis, who will present the world premiere of a piece commissioned by FONT Music for this event. These performances will be augmented by daytime educational offerings from Laurie Frink and John McNeil as part of FONT Music’s Workshop Series.

Schedule for New Trumpet Underground 2009

Friday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Leron Thomas

Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet
Jordan McLean’s Piano Music and Song Trio
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Sunday, June 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Clarino
Russ Johnson Quartet

Tickets for New Trumpet Underground 2009 are $10 per set or $15 per night and can be purchased from Cornelia Street Cafe by calling (212) 989-9318. Further details are available at http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Learn more about FONT Music, its activities, future events and how to contribute at http://fontmusic.org


FONT Music To Present New Trumpet Underground 2009 June 26-28th

May 19, 2009
Nadje Noordhuis

Nadje Noordhuis

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) is pleased to announce New Trumpet Underground 2009, the first of three forthcoming events in the organization’s 7th annual performance season.  This three-day gathering, curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Chris DiMeglio, will take place Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Eight trumpeters representing a wide range of musical traditions, genres and techniques will perform with their respective ensembles, including Australian-born Nadje Noordhuis, who will present the world premiere of a piece commissioned by FONT Music for this event.  These performances will be augmented by daytime educational offerings from Laurie Frink and John McNeil as part of FONT Music’s Workshop Series.

Schedule for New Trumpet Underground 2009

Friday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Leron Thomas

Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet
Jordan McLean’s Piano Music and Song Trio
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Sunday, June 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Clarino
Russ Johnson Quartet

Tickets for New Trumpet Underground 2009 are $10 per set or $15 per night and can be purchased from Cornelia Street Cafe by calling (212) 989-9318.  The venue is located at 29 Cornelia Street in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Further details are available at http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

FONT Music Workshop Series Events

The weekend’s activities will also include free lessons with Laurie Frink, considered the world’s foremost authority on the Carmine Caruso method, and a special workshop on jazz improvisation for brass players hosted by veteran jazz trumpeter John McNeil and the Visionary Quartet as part of FONT Music’s Workshop Series.

Lessons with Laurie Frink are available off-site and by appointment only.  Interested parties may contact her directly at lauriefrink@mac.com.  

John McNeil’s workshop will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th at Sam Ash Music’s 60 West 48th Street location.  Reservations are limited to 25 people and may be submitted to fontmusic@gmail.com.

About FONT Music

FONT Music is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that sustains trumpeters and new trumpet music by commissioning composers, producing concerts, presenting workshops and panels, and supporting music programs in New York City’s public schools.  Created by trumpeters for trumpeters, the organization and its diverse programs are currently overseen by Artistic Director Dave Douglas and a volunteer board featuring some of contemporary trumpet music’s most celebrated practitioners.

Founded in 2003 by Douglas and Roy Campbell, FONT Music has presented over 200 concerts by emerging artists and creative pioneers alike at venues all over New York.  It has also commissioned new works from more than a dozen young trumpet players, paid tribute to such legendary performers as Louis Armstrong, Don Cherry and Woody Shaw, and presented world premiere performances of music by a long list of notable composers that includes Anthony Braxton, Laurence “Butch” Morris and Wadada Leo Smith.

Its acclaimed efforts have been called “a grand highlight of the musical season” (The New Yorker), “one of the most exciting and diverse of NYC’s annual music festivals” (Time Out New York), “a key showcase for some of the most exciting horn players on the planet” (Chicago Reader) and “an expectedly stellar and eclectic schedule of genre-blurring commissions and exploratory collaborations” (JazzTimes). “By definition,” adds the New York Times’ Nate Chinen, “the Festival of New Trumpet Music prizes a spirit of innovation; that ‘new’ in the title is no accident.”

Learn more about FONT Music, its activities, future events and how to contribute at http://fontmusic.org


Improvised Communications To Promote FONT Music Events In 2009

May 14, 2009

Improvised Communications is proud to announce it has been retained by the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) Music to promote its 7th annual season of events in 2009. This relationship will begin immediately with the promotion of FONT Music’s first event of the year, New Trumpet Underground 2009, to be presented June 26-28th at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe

The three-day gathering, curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Chris DiMeglio, will feature trumpeters representing a wide range of musical traditions, genres and techniques. RJ Avallone, Josh Berman, Greg Bobulinski, Thomas Heberer, Russ Johnson, Jordan McLean, Nadje Noordhuis and Leron Thomas will perform with their respective ensembles, and Laurie Frink and John McNeil will offer educational outreach. Further details will be announced next week.

FONT Music is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that sustains trumpeters and new trumpet music by commissioning composers, producing concerts, presenting workshops and panels, and supporting music programs in New York City’s public schools. Created by trumpeters for trumpeters, the organization and its diverse programs are currently overseen by Founding Artistic Director Dave Douglas and a volunteer board featuring some of contemporary trumpet music’s most celebrated practitioners.

Its acclaimed efforts have been called “a grand highlight of the musical season” (The New Yorker), “one of the most exciting and diverse of NYC’s annual music festivals” (Time Out New York), “a key showcase for some of the most exciting horn players on the planet” (Chicago Reader) and “an expectedly stellar and eclectic schedule of genre-blurring commissions and exploratory collaborations” (JazzTimes).

Learn more about FONT Music, its activities, its other future events and how to contribute at http://fontmusic.org


All Music Guide Review: Michael Musillami’s From Seeds

May 4, 2009

Michael G. Nastos’ review of the Michael Musilliami Trio + 3’s forthcoming release, From Seeds (Playscape Recordings), is now posted at All Music Guide. The disc, which features Musillami’s new sextet with Ralph Alessi, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Fonda, Matt Moran and George Schuller, officially hits the streets on May 19th.

“Moving further into the realm of truly original modern creative music,” Nastos writes, “[Musillami] continues to assert himself not only as a very competent performer, but especially as one of the most innovative composers on the scene. This sextet is potent, equally as able to turn on a dime, ride with the wind, or hop aboard a freight train of steaming power and perseverance…a marvelous new music recording of great depth and vision that retains its vibrancy upon repeated plays…highly recommended.”

Catch the group live on tour May 22-24 at Firehouse 12, The Puffin Foundation and Cornelia Street Cafe.


Michael Musillami Trio + 3’s Northeast CD Release Tour May 22-24

March 25, 2009
Photo by Napone Punyagupta

Photo by Napone Punyagupta

Guitarist/composer Michael Musillami and his newest group, the Michael Musillami Trio + 3, will perform three Northeast U.S. dates in late May to celebrate the May 19th release of their debut CD, From Seeds on Playscape Recordings.

May 22 :: Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT)
May 23 :: The Puffin Foundation (Teaneck, NJ)
May 24 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

The follow-up to 2007’s The Treatment (PSR#050607), his trio’s critically acclaimed collaboration with renowned violinist Mark Feldman, From Seeds finds Musillami augmenting his seven year-old trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.

“Composing and arranging all new music for a cohesive group that combines vibes, trumpet, and alto with a guitar trio meant taking things to a whole new level,” explains Musillami in the From Seeds liner notes. “I needed three players with the sound, experience and confidence to not only play this music, but also put their stamp on it without taking away from what the trio does best. Marty, Matt and Ralph were perfect choices.”

Learn more about Michael Musillami at:
http://playscape-recordings.com/index.php?artists&aid=1


Reminder: Michael Musillami Trio + 3 At Cornelia Street This Saturday

January 30, 2009

 On Saturday, January 31st, guitarist/composer Michael Musillami‘s newest ensemble, the Michael Musillami Trio + 3, will make its New York debut at Cornelia Street Cafe

The group will be performing new original music, which it will then record the following day for its forthcoming May 2009 release on Playscape Recordings

The Michael Musillami Trio + 3 augments Musillami’s longstanding core trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.