Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Decisions Decisions 2/6

It's another one of those I want to clone myself nights, Fri 2/6. I already have the ticket to the Zorn stuff, but I don't know how I can pass up this new show. I think I'm going to try to do both and miss some of the Zorn.

John Zorn: Masada Sextet Friday, February 6 8 pm
John Zorn returns to the Abrons with the US premiere of his hot new Masada ensemble. The classic quartet of Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, and Joey Baron are augmented by the spectacular pianist Uri Caine and percussionist extraordinaire Cyro Baptista. The evening features two sets of Masada material old and new by this dynamic super band.
Tickets: $25

John Zorn: The Dreamers/O’oSaturday, February 7 8 pm
Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, John Zorn.
Two sets of music presenting The Dreamers and the World Premiere of The Dreamers Volume 2 (O’o) in one exciting concert! Named for an extinct Hawaiian bird whose delightful song will never be sung again, O’o is the exotic and charming follow up to The Dreamers, one of Zorn’s most appealing projects. Featuring the same dynamic band of masters from Zorn’s inner circle, O’o presents more lyrical and adventurous instrumentals exploring World Music, Surf, Exotica, Minimalism, Film Soundtracks and more.
Tickets: $25

See both Zorn concerts for $40
and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem
harlem in the himalayas

Friday, February 6
7:00 p.m.

$18 advance/ $20 day of (includes a post-concert tour of the galleries)
150 WEST 17 STREET, NEW YORK CITY 1 212.620.5000 x344

Featuring the premiere of a specially commissioned suite composed by Helen Sung inspired by the female deities of the Himalayan pantheon. Helen Sung has been called “one of the brightest emerging stars in jazz today.” Breaking stereotypes as an Asian-American female jazz pianist and composer, Helen’s work in classical, jazz, and popular music gives her a compelling, unique voice. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has gone on to work with such masters as Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, and Wayne Shorter; and with luminaries including Steve Turre, T.S. Monk, and Regina Carter. She is also a busy bandleader; her project NuGenerations was selected as a 2009 Rhythm Road ensemble and will tour as American musical ambassadors. Helen’s experience at the Monk Institute inspires her to remain involved with music education through workshops and performing with arts organizations benefiting young people.

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet and was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever.

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