Reminder: Positive Catastrophe At Jazz Gallery This Weekend

May 7, 2009
Photo by Heather Conley

Photo by Heather Conley

On Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, Positive Catastrophe will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Jazz Gallery.  

The brainchild of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum and multi-instrumentalist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado, this self-described trans-idiomatic little big band connects the musical dots between intergalactic jazz legend Sun Ra and iconic Latin Jazz innovator Eddie Palmieri

Founded in 2007, the group brings together some of most adventurous jazz and salsa musicians in New York.  These performances will feature Jen Shyu (voice and erhu), Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Michaël Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). 

Time Out New York explains, “Positive Catastrophe pools the resources of two outstanding bandleaders: the ever-searching avant-jazz cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, head of the eclectic alterna-Latino outfit Zemog El Gallo Bueno…full of swagger and groove, it combines Mingus-esque polyphonic momentum with vibrantly off-kilter world-funk.”


Reminder: Michaël Attias Quintet At Firehouse 12 This Friday

April 30, 2009
Photo by Richard Gartrell

Photo by Richard Gartrell

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series

Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet. 

The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.


Firehouse 12 To Present The Michaël Attias Quintet May 1st

April 1, 2009
Photo by Richard Gartrell

Photo by Richard Gartrell

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series.  Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet.  The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.

Critics have called Attias “a significant new voice on the alto saxophone” (Michael McCaw, AllAboutJazz.com) and “an emphatically cosmopolitan saxophonist and composer” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).  The All Music Guide‘s Scott Yanow adds, “His playing is both lyrical and explorative.  While technically avant-garde, Attias does not neglect melodic development, close interplay with his sidemen, and swinging in his own fashion.  His originals contain their share of variety, particularly in setting moods, and his playing clearly inspires that of bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi, and vice versa.”

An Israeli-born son of Moroccan parents who was raised in Paris and the American Midwest, Attias has built a career as diverse as his background.  Based in New York since 1994, he has led a variety of his own groups, worked as a sideman in many others and composed scores for theater, dance and silent film.  A former student of jazz legends Lee Konitz and Anthony Braxton, he is currently a member of such diverse ensembles as Amanda Monaco’s Deathblow, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, The Pavones and Positive Catastrophe, and he will appear on Hébert’s June release, Byzantine Monkey, on Firehouse 12 Records.  The Michaël Attias Quintet’s debut recording, Twines of Colesion, will be released later this year on Clean Feed Records.

2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

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


Firehouse 12 Records To Release New CDs From Carl Maguire And John Hébert

March 26, 2009


On June 16th, Firehouse 12 Records will release music from its two newest artists, keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire’s longstanding band Floriculture and bassist/composer John HébertSided Silver Solid (FH12-04-01-009) is Floriculture’s second recording and its first as a quintet featuring new members, violist Stephanie Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Oscar Noriega.  Hébert makes his recorded 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. 

Floriculture has performed Maguire’s sophisticated compositions around New York since 2001.  Its current line-up features Maguire (piano and Rhodes), Griffin (viola), Noriega (clarinets and alto saxophone), Hébert (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).  The group began as a quartet, but grew to a quintet following its self-titled 2005 debut on the German label, Between the Lines.  The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Eighth Edition gave the record four stars and called it “As exciting a debut release as any in the last few years.”

Other critics were equally enthusiastic, noting “Maguire’s amazing compositions” (Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, JazzReview.com), “the way he basically recontextualized a Fender Rhodes” (Time Out New York), “a kind of rigorous enthusiasm in play that was seriously exciting” (Brian Olewnick, Bagatellen) and “an overwhelming percentage of the attributes that make for stimulating listening” (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com).  The New Yorker adds, “Floriculture pulls off its new-jazz improvisation and lyrical abstraction with panache.”

Based in New York since 1995, Maguire, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has studied piano with Marilyn Crispell, Fred Hersch and Ursula Oppens, improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell and composition with Mark Dresser.  Known for his abilities on piano, Rhodes and accordion, he has led Floriculture, his main focus as a bandleader, for the past eight years, in addition to performing and recording with a wide variety of other groups, such as the Laurel Anders Orchestra, Barbez, Butch Morris’ New York Skyscraper, Brett Sroka’s Ergo, the Tyshawn Sorey Quartet and The Wau Wau Sisters.

Byzantine Monkey documents Hébert’s 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).  The band takes its name from a suggestion by Hébert’s wife, LoJen Yin, who explains, “First, imagine the type of music a Byzantine Monkey would write, and what it would sound like.  It is whimsical, mysterious, and a surreal juxtaposition of images and ideas.  It captures a mood and spirit of the composer himself.”

Hébert’s original compositions for the group take their inspiration from a variety of sources, including his interest in Cajun music, his travels to different parts of the world and his gratitude and respect for his mentor, legendary pianist/composer Andrew Hill, with whom Hébert worked from 2001 until his death in 2007.  The musicians bringing that music to life in Byzantine Monkey have all worked extensively with Hébert in other ensembles, including Attias, Kolker and Malaby’s own groups and Hill’s trio and quintet.

One of the busiest bassists in New York, the New Orleans native has garnered strong showings in the Rising Star Acoustic Bass category of DownBeat‘s annual Critics Poll for the past three years.  His discography features more than 45 recordings since 2000, including titles by Dave Ballou, Uri Caine, Steve Lehman, Andrew Rathbun, Dave Scott and Gebhard Ullmann.  Hébert first appeared on Firehouse 12 Records as a member of the Mary Halvorson Trio on that group’s critically acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (FH12-04-01-007).  The disc was featured on best-of-the-year lists in such publications as AllAboutJazz-New York, JazzTimes, the New York Times, The Wire and the Village Voice.


Positive Catastrophe CD Release Concerts At Jazz Gallery May 8th and 9th

March 13, 2009
Photo by Heather Conley.

Photo by Heather Conley

On Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, Positive Catastrophe will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Jazz Gallery.

The brainchild of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum and multi-instrumentalist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado, this self-described trans-idiomatic ten-piece little big band connects the musical dots between intergalactic jazz legend Sun Ra and iconic Latin Jazz innovator Eddie Palmieri

Founded in 2007, the group brings together some of most adventurous jazz and salsa musicians in New York.  These performances will feature Jen Shyu (voice and erhu), Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Michaël Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). 

Time Out New York explains, “Positive Catastrophe pools the resources of two outstanding bandleaders: the ever-searching avant-jazz cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, head of the eclectic alterna-Latino outfit Zemog El Gallo Bueno…full of swagger and groove, it combines Mingus-esque polyphonic momentum with vibrantly off-kilter world-funk.”


Hartford Courant Previews Firehouse 12’s Spring Jazz Series

February 20, 2009

In this week’s edition of his column, Riffs, the Hartford Courant‘s Owen McNally previews Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series, which he calls “an ambitious program of 13 consecutive Friday night shows featuring some of the best musicians in improvised music.”


Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series Begins March 20th

February 11, 2009

Firehouse 12 logo

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its fourth annual Spring Jazz Series, a 13-week program of performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today. 

The series, which begins on Friday, March 20th with two performances by the Julian Lage Group, will feature 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. sets every Friday night through the June 12th season finale featuring Dutch jazz heavyweights, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher.

Tickets for all events are $15 for the opening set and $10 for the second set.  Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (203) 785-0468, or at the box office beginning at 7 p.m. the night of the show (subject to availability).  A season pass for both sets of every show will be available for $150 through March 20th.

2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state-of-the-art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located at 45 Crown Street in New Haven’s historic Ninth Square District.  For its semi-annual jazz concert series, the striking, acoustically engineered studio space transforms into an incomparable 80-seat venue critics have hailed as “New England’s premier improvised music venue” (Bill Carbone, New Haven Advocate) and “New Haven’s acclaimed avant-garde bastion of the bold and experimental” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant).

Since early 2007, the organization has also released a series of acclaimed recordings through its label arm, Firehouse 12 Records.  Known for its “fast-developing reputation for left field offerings recorded in luminous sound that handsomely repay in-depth listening” (John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com), the label’s distinctive output includes releases by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey.  Six new releases are tentatively scheduled for 2009.