$15 Cover @ the Door ($10 Students) / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm
Potent, Spirited, Hard Core and Free Jazz.
New York and Boston, converging in a show of renowned and young
creative improvisational artists.
Mike Pride – Drums
N.Y. by way of Maine: Percussionist * Band Leader * Educator*Composer * Vocalist * Visual Artist
The distinctly gifted drummer/composer, Mike Pride is prolifically active as a leader/accompanist in a wide variety of groups and genres: Jazz-Free Jazz, metal, noise, avant-garde rock, and free music.
“Today, Pride is pushing the boundaries while defying definition as an artist. As one of creative music’s great mavericks over the past 15 years, Pride has established himself despite being from a generation that is crowded with drum talent. Building on some of the revolutionary work that figures such as Jim Black pioneered in the 1990s, Pride has also pushed forward along his own path while...remain(ing) one of the most interesting and unpredictable improvisers in New York, and his new records all deserve serious attention”. Jazz Right Now.
He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings.
Jon Irabagon – Alto, Tenor, Soprano Saxophones
N.Y.: Composer * Educator *Band Leader
“Jon Irabagon has become one of the strongest, most flexible, and daring saxophonists at work today.”
“Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form,” declares Martin Longley in his Irabagon feature in the August issue of The New York City Jazz Record. “He’s a revolutionary who’s secretly messing with the changes. He might be dismantling the music’s mechanics from the inside, but from the outside he can frequently persuade a crowd that he’s an old- school practitioner. There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage-spraying to sleek-blowing fluency.”
The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York’s 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record and is an integral member of such high-profile ensembles as the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Septet and Octet, the Dave Douglas Quintet, Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor and formerly of Mostly Other People do the Killing as well as an established bandleader in his own right. The long-standing Jon Irabagon Quartet features Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston, and the Jon Irabagon Trio includes Mark Helias and Barry Altschul. Both ensembles have done numerous tours throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Bruno Raberg – Bass
Boston: Cello * Composer * Educator
Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bass player and composer coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981 on a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston. There he studied with Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, George Russell, and Bob Moses. Bruno has been a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1986 and has performed with numerous world-class artists, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Sam Rivers, Billy Pierce, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Ted Poor, Bob Mintzer, and John Medeski. Tours have taken Råberg throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Japan, India, Africa, and Central America.
Jerry D’Souza in All About Jazz describes his album Lifelines, “The improvisations are a study of the understanding between the four….the way each player nimbly threads his way into the spaces set by the others is quite astonishing…Raberg, as may well be expected, comes up with another delectable recording.” Also, Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes states “For sheer output, it's astounding. And the depth of expression and degree of surprise represented here is remarkable."
The Creative Music Series in recognition of THE WE HAVE VOICE collective—Women in Jazz and other artistic expressions—shall encourage safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts – zero tolerance for harassment of any kind! URL: www.wehavevoice.org.
The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in 1/ 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area. My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area. CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.