Daniel Levin Trio At Firehouse 12 Tonight

December 18, 2009

Photo by Rossetti©Phocus

Tonight, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will conclude its fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series with a two-set performance by the Daniel Levin Trio.

Led by cellist/composer Daniel Levin, a veteran of the New Haven music scene making his sixth appearance at Firehouse 12, the two year-old group features Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly, who replaced Gerald Cleaver following the band’s 2008 debut recording, Fuhuffah (Clean Feed).

This performance, which will be recorded for possible future release, will be the fourth and final event in the band’s December tour.

Learn more in this feature in yesterday’s Hartford Courant.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Daniel Levin Trio December 18th

November 18, 2009

Photo by Rossetti©Phocus

On Friday, December 18th, Firehouse 12‘s fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by the Daniel Levin Trio. Led by cellist/composer Daniel Levin, a veteran of the New Haven music scene making his sixth appearance at Firehouse 12, the two year-old group features Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly, who replaced Gerald Cleaver following the band’s 2008 debut recording, Fuhuffah (Clean Feed). This performance, which will be recorded for possible future release, will be the fourth and final event in the band’s December tour.

An imaginative variation on the traditional sax-bass-drums trio, the Daniel Levin Trio creatively explores the intersection of free jazz and chamber music. As it has matured, and gained experience finding its own sound, it has also incorporated elements from folk music and other genres. “A vibrant and assertive detour from his usual chamber oriented quartet offerings,” writes AllAboutJazz.com, “Fuhuffah offers another facet of Levin’s growing abilities as an improviser and writer of note.” Dusted.com’s Bill Meyer adds, “Levin’s playing is as elegant and eloquent realizing the contours of an old folk tune as it is engaging the rest of the trio in splintered, freeform exchange. The sound may be different, but Fuhuffah reveals the consistency of Levin’s concerns as a player and a shaper of group sound.”

Levin, a native of Burlington, Vermont, began playing cello at age six, and focused exclusively on classical music until the chance to improvise with a dancer at a festival when he was 19 put him on the path to writing and improvising his own music. Now 35, and based in New York, he has created a body of work that features collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, William Parker and Ken Vandermark among many others. In addition to his trio, and membership in groups such as the Rob Brown Trio, Levin leads a longstanding quartet that has recorded four titles since 2003, including his latest, Live At Roulette (Clean Feed). Learn more at http://www.daniel-levin.com

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

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Firehouse 12 To Present The Flatlands Collective This Friday

December 1, 2008

On Friday, December 5th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its 2008 Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by The Flatlands Collective.  The group, which is touring the Northeast in December in support of its new CD, Maatjes (Clean Feed Records), pairs Dutch-born saxophonist/composer Jorrit Dijkstra with five of the most respected names from the eclectic Chicago creative music scene, James Falzone (clarinet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and analog electronics), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums). 

Critics have called the band’s music “infectious” (David Kane, Cadence) and “the perfect fusion of composition and improvisation” (Will Stewart, Ann Arbor News), noting its combination of “the intellectual firepower of the Dutch free-jazz scene with the instrumental virtuosity of some of Chicago’s most accomplished creative improvisers” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).  “Dijkstra hears the stylistic diversity within the networks that link his cohorts, and gives it space not just to breathe, but also occasionally to snort, howl and laugh riotously,” writes DownBeat‘s Bill Shoemaker. “The music has a discernible Dutch tinge, which is alternately audacious and austere.” 

The Flatlands Collective takes its name from the geographic characteristic shared by both Chicago and Dijkstra’s hometown of Amsterdam, but Time Out Chicago argues, “In truth, the music of this group is as dynamic as downtown San Francisco, with bustling melodies and grooves built of rangy swing and dub-inspired meditations.”  The ensemble works within the framework of Dijkstra’s eclectic compositions, with the musicians’ improvisations blending Chicago-style free jazz, texture-based minimalism and melodic layering to create a distinctive sound that is further defined by Dijkstra’s lyricon (a vintage analog synthesizer) and Lonberg-Holm’s amplified cello.  Maatjes is the follow-up to the band’s 2006 debut, Gnomade (Skycap Records).  

2008 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/19: Steve Lantner Trio
09/26: Conference Call  
10/03: Ned Rothenberg’s Sync
10/10: Shakers n’ Bakers   
10/17: Josh Roseman’s Execution Quintet
10/24: Bad Touch
10/31: Magic
11/07: George Schuller’s Circle Wide
11/14: Jamie Baum Septet
11/21: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
12/05: The Flatlands Collective
12/12: Donny McCaslin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Firehouse 12 To Present The Flatlands Collective December 5th

November 5, 2008

 

On Friday, December 5th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its 2008 Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by The Flatlands Collective.  The group, which will be touring the Northeast in November in support of its new CD, Maatjes (Clean Feed Records), pairs Dutch-born saxophonist/composer Jorrit Dijkstra with five of the most respected names from Chicago’s celebrated creative music scene, James Falzone (clarinet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and analog electronics), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums). 

Critics have called the band’s music “infectious” (David Kane, Cadence) and “the perfect fusion of composition and improvisation” (Will Stewart, Ann Arbor News), noting its combination of “the intellectual firepower of the Dutch free-jazz scene with the instrumental virtuosity of some of Chicago’s most accomplished creative improvisers” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).  “Dijkstra hears the stylistic diversity within the networks that link his cohorts, and gives it space not just to breathe, but also occasionally to snort, howl and laugh riotously, writes DownBeat‘s Bill Shoemaker. “The music has a discernible Dutch tinge, which is alternately audacious and austere.” 

The Flatlands Collective takes its name from the geographic characteristic shared by both Chicago and Dijkstra’s hometown of Amsterdam, but Time Out Chicago argues, “In truth, the music of this group is as dynamic as downtown San Francisco, with bustling melodies and grooves built of rangy swing and dub-inspired meditations.”  The ensemble works within the framework of Dijkstra’s eclectic compositions, with the musicians’ improvisations blending Chicago-style free jazz, texture-based minimalism and melodic layering to create a distinctive sound that is further defined by Dijkstra’s lyricon (a vintage analog synthesizer) and Lonberg-Holm’s amplified cello.  Maatjes is the follow-up to the band’s 2006 debut, Gnomade (Skycap Records).  

2008 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/19: Steve Lantner Trio
09/26: Conference Call  
10/03: Ned Rothenberg’s Sync
10/10: Shakers n’ Bakers   
10/17: Josh Roseman’s Execution Quintet
10/24: Bad Touch
10/31: Magic 
11/07: George Schuller’s Circle Wide
11/14: Jamie Baum Septet
11/21: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
12/05: The Flatlands Collective
12/12: Donny McCaslin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp