Dusted: Bill Dixon’s Tapestries For Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12)

January 4, 2010

Dusted‘s Bill Meyer kicks off the new year in style with a review of Bill Dixon’s Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12 Records).

“He gives each element room to move,” Meyer writes, “and each personal/instrumental combination enough space for their interactions to be clearly perceived. Despite the size of the band on Tapestries (which includes Michel Côté on bass and contrabass clarinetist, cellist Glynis Lomon, bassist Ken Filiano, percussionist Warren Smith, and Rob Mazurek, Stephen Haynes, Graham Haynes, and Taylor Ho Bynum on cornets and trumpets), each contribution stands out so clearly that this music sounds even more transparent than that of Vade Mecum and Papyrus, the multi-volume recordings for two-to-four musicians that Dixon made during the 1990s. Each part, no matter how small, is played with conviction and sensitivity so to fit into the bigger picture.”

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NY Times: Bill Dixon’s Tapestries For Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12)

December 7, 2009

The new Critics’ Choice column in today’s New York Times features a review of Bill Dixon’s Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12 Records) by Ben Ratliff.

“The low notes in Bill Dixon’s Tapestries for Small Orchestra loom like great whales,” he writes, “powering through the best of its long, patient, texture-obsessed performances. They’re played by double-bass and contrabass clarinet; above them floats a cloud of brass, directed and defined by Mr. Dixon’s own trumpet-playing. [He] has some deep and original thoughts about abstraction in music, and doesn’t leave beauty behind…a few of these pieces—especially ‘Motorcycle ’66: Reflections & Ruminations,’ ‘Adagio: Slow Mauve Scribblings’ and ‘Allusions I’—have a majesty for which you have to write in your own meaning.”


NewMusicBox: Bill Dixon’s Tapestries For Small Orchestra

November 18, 2009


Trevor Hunter provides an in-depth analysis of Bill Dixon’s Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12 Records) in a newly posted review for the American Music Center’s Web magazine, NewMusicBox.

“In short,” he writes, “this is one of the best CDs of the year. Firehouse 12 has done an amazing job with every facet of this release…every instrument is given the space to breathe and create. The liner notes, written by Taylor Ho Bynum and Stephen Haynes, are an illuminatingly good read, but most interesting of all supporting materials is the documentary included on the DVD.”


Peter Evans Quartet At Firehouse 12 Tonight

November 13, 2009

Photo by C. Neil Scott

Tonight at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m., Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series will present the New Haven debut of The Peter Evans Quartet.

The group, which recorded its highly acclaimed eponymous debut for Firehouse 12 Records in 2007, is led by trumpeter/composer Peter Evans, who critics have called “a new jazz star” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) with “the kind of mad chops and conceptual smarts that surface just a few times in every lifetime” (Peter Margasak, DownBeat).

The current version of the ensemble, his main outlet as a bandleader, features pianist Ricardo Gallo, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea.


Firehouse 12 To Present The Peter Evans Quartet November 13th

October 14, 2009
Photo by C. Neil Scott

Photo by C. Neil Scott

On Friday, November 13th, Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series will present the New Haven debut of The Peter Evans Quartet. The group, which recorded its highly acclaimed eponymous debut for Firehouse 12 Records in 2007, is led by trumpeter/composer Peter Evans, who critics have called “a new jazz star” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) with “the kind of mad chops and conceptual smarts that surface just a few times in every lifetime” (Peter Margasak, DownBeat). The current version of the ensemble, his main outlet as a bandleader, features pianist Ricardo Gallo, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea.

“Trumpeter Peter Evans is an urgent new talent who promises to upend the world of jazz and improv,” wrote The Wire‘s Andy Hamilton in his review of The Peter Evans Quartet. “If you had a lingering suspicion jazz might be dead, this furious and compelling release will calm your fears.” AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins adds, “This crack ensemble balances boundless energy with knowing finesse. Continuously in flux, the quartet endlessly modulates between collective improvisation, intricate notated charts and individual solos with graceful verve. The Peter Evans Quartet is not only a definitive statement from a rising new voice, but one of the finest jazz records of the year.”

A member of the New York music community since 2003, following his graduation from Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet performance, Evans works in a wide variety of music settings, including baroque, contemporary classical, free improvisation and electro-acoustic music. He first gained widespread attention for his talents through the release of his 2006 solo trumpet CD, More is More (Psi), and has since recorded with such notable ensembles as Carnival Skin, Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Evan Parker’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Sparks and Tyft in addition to his own working quartet. The Peter Evans Quartet was named to best of the year lists in AllAboutJazz.com, Cadence, Jazz Review, the Village Voice and The Wire. Learn more at http://www.myspace.com/peterevanstrumpet

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


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