Sunday, October 28, 2007
A Little Nipa Hut
One of my very favorite things to do here in Hartford is to work with choreographer and good friend Olivia Davis.
We've had the great fortune to have a collaborative relationship for the past four years, centered on her company, Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble.
This will be the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of Olivia's company. We do our thing together November 8, 9 & 10.
Photograph of Olivia Davis by Robert Reichert
Saturday, October 06, 2007
We are convening another serial installment of Adam's Go: Organic Orchestra at everybody's favorite longtime artist-run performance space: Manhattan's own Roulette.
This is a must-see event. Adam has a wonderful take on conducted improvisation blended with his notated themes and material.
We are all encouraged by this return engagement, as it bodes well for the development of an ever more cohesive east coast version of the ensemble. This current incarnation of the ensemble reads like a whos-who of creative musicians committed to the large ensemble environment. Look for unannounced additional musicians to surface as we move closer to the concert dates.
I am particularly excited to rejoin Graham Haynes, who I recently worked with in Bill Dixon's orchestra project this last summer. Two other close friends in the mix are JD Parran and Alex Marcello. Alex studied with JD and I many years ago at the Harlem School for the Arts before beginning his extended apprenticeship with the wonderful Yusef Lateef, also a frequent collaborator with Adam.
We perform on three Monday evenings in November, the 5th, 19th & 26th. Shows begin at 8:30 PM and will likely sell out as they did the last time we did this work. Get there early and sit up front. Surrender to the sound and enjoy the proximity and intimacy that Roulette affords it's artists and audience.
Go: Organic Orchestra/New York
Graham Haynes, Stephen Haynes, Martin Loyato, Steve Swell/High and Low Brass
Alex Waterman, Tomas Ulrich, Daniel Levin, Kirsten Jerme/Cello
Charles Burnham, Jean Cook, Sarah Bernstein/Violin
Stephanie Griffin, Miguel Atwood/Viola
Sylvain Leroux, Ze Luis, Michel Gentile, Jane Rigler, Emily Hay/Flutes
Batya Sobel/Oboe; Sara Schoenbeck/Bassoon
Ned Rothenberg, J.D. Parran, Charles Waters, David Rothenberg/Clarinets
Jerome Harris, Leni Stern, Kenny Wessel, Marco Cappelli, Matt Waugh/Guitars
Harris Eisenstadt, Brahim Fribgane, Gustavo Aguilar, Tim Keiper, Shaun Kelly, Neil Ochoa, Vong Pak, Mamadou Makan Kouyate/Drums & Percussion
Shanir Blumenkranz, Nick Rosen, Keith Witty, Stuart Popejoy/Acoustic Bass
Alex Marcelo/Acoustic Piano