OutNow Music Nights
A weekly, Williamsburg – Brooklyn based, series dedicated to Improv, Free-Jazz, Out-Jazz and beyond
The OutNow Music Nights, December 2013 – January 2014, program will take place at The Legion, 790 Metropolitan Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A great full bar and lovely music room filled with personality
_____________________December 8th 2013_________________________
8:00 – ROY CAMPBELL TRIO
“A powerful and lyrical player who embodies the best elements of the bop-to-modern trumpet lineage, Roy Campbell is a monster trumpeter. If there is a player he’s closest to in that tradition, it’s that paragon of lyrical bop trumpet, Lee Morgan. He’s the latest in a long line that has extended from Navarro through Brownie through Booker Little and beyond. Campbell attains the smoldering white-hot intensity that few apart from Miles Davis have achieved. These influences aren’t mere acts of mimicry; they are fully integrated into a personal style that seemingly has the whole history of post-World War II trumpet stylings incorporated into it. Campbell is truly a complete trumpet player.” ~ Robert Iannapollo, “Cadence” Magazine
9:30 – SWELL – KRETZMER – HEBERER – JOHNSON – TAYLOR
An OutNow Music Nights special! A debut concert for this quintet. three full sounding horns, meeting up with a prize rhythm section. The quintet will playing three original originals compositions, allowing for much group interplay and solo statements.
- Steve Swell, born in Newark, New Jersey, has been
living, working and performing in New York City his
entire adult life. In the mid-seventies he studied with
Roswell Rudd, Grachan Moncur III and Jimmy Knepper
after attending Jersey City State Teacher’s College. He’s
toured and recorded with such diverse jazz personalities as mainstreamers Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich, to so-called outsiders like Anthony Braxton and Jemeel Moondoc. Swell has 40 recordings as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases.
________________________December 15th 2013______________________
8:00 – ROB BROWN QUARTET
“It’s hard to think of another jazz player who’s emerged in the last two decades who can cover so much territory so effortlessly: he’s just as commanding playing swinging bebop over a walking bassline as he is furiously spitting motivic variations in a totally free context.”
- Chicago Reader
9:30 – WUNDERBAR
“four like-minded improvisors with broad sound palettes.”
______________________December 22nd 2013_______________________
8:00 – YONI KRETZMER 2BASS QUARTET
Derived straight from the classic Sax-Bass-drum trio, Kretzmer’s latest projects augments this standard setting with the addition of an extra double-bass, thus creating a different balance, sound, deepness and flavor yet still maintaining some of the esthetics and clarity that made the sax trio so popular in the first place. One might say this quartet’s sound is obvious yet unfamiliar simultaneously. Their second album will be released in early 2014.
9:30 – CARTER – ELISHA – FONDA
Daniel Carter and Ehran Elisha have played together for twenty years in several collaborative trios, quartets and quintets, mutually approaching every meeting as a special occasion. They are pleased to forge a new chapter in their musical bond with this joint performance with master bassist Joe Fonda.
“He (Carter) is one of the few people who can really build a song while improvising, with mood, melody and lots of soul, regardless of the context or the line-up.” - Steffreejazz.org
______________________January 5th 2014_________________________
8:00 – JACOB Scarpioni, MAX JOHNSON & JEFF DAVIS
Swiss Trombonist Samuel Blaser teams up with the American rhythm section of Max Johnson & Jeff Davis for a night of improvisation, composition and general insanity. All band leaders on their own, these three fantastic improvisers will play a set of amazing music, mirth and mysticism. Plus, there may be a special guest or two…
9:30 – SEAN CONLY & DARIUS JONES
A one of a kind duo! Sean Conly and Darius Jones have both established themselves as key figures of the “downtown”/ avant-garde scene. Their artistry, individualism, musicianship and superior command of their instruments are sure to produce an evening to be remembered.
_______________________January 12th 2014________________________
8:00 – DARIUS JONES GROUP
“Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone, and as an improviser he’s fearless but
-THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nate Chinen
“Equally earthy and avant-garde .. intellectually stimulating [though] anything but academic .. Jones can keen, weep, caress and cut, too. The appealing unruliness to his music coexists with authority.”- JAZZTIMES, Carlo Wolff
9:30 – RED TRIANGLE
_______________________January 19th 2014________________________
8:00 – JOHN HEBERT GROUP
“John Hébert’s skills as a bassist have been amply apparent for several years, in projects that have called on rock-solid tone, time and pitch to imaginative free improvisation.” All About jazz
“Attias is one of the more exciting instrumentalists within the wide-ranging idiom” All About Jazz
9:30 – YONI KRETZMER – JASON AJEMIAN – MIKE PRIDE
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Jason Ajemian – double bass
Mike Pride – drums
Swifter, Slower, Higher, Lower, Stronger, Touchier… The trio reunites after three years for a night/set of “open” interplay, pushed to the limits.
________________________January 26th 2014_______________________
8:00 – INGRID LAUBROCK – SAM PLUTA – NATE WOOLEY
Three masters on one stage. this evening will surely produce sparks, not to be missed!
9:30 – HERTENSTEIN – CONLY – NEUFELD
The energy of the moment simultaneously releasing and absorbing, creating and breaking silence, snapshots of tension, full commitment to breath and phrase, and to the room, the space, and the people in it. Mystery is the purpose.
Past shows:OutNow Music Nights June and July program will take place at “Muchmore’s” 2 Havemeyer St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211A great bar and music room full of personality a good beer selection
June 3rd 2013
8:30 – TOTEM>
TOTEM> is an avant power trio dedicated to the art of collective improvisation and comprised of three adventurous musicians well-known to New York’s creative music scene. The trio roams vast sonic landscapes ranging from jagged, scraping onslaughts of multiphonic electronicism to subsonic seas of textural spatialism. The music of TOTEM> has been likened to a mix of the Hendrix Trio, Evan Parker, Gagaku, and phonograph hiss.
10:00 – WILLIAM PARKER ROY CAMPBELL DANIEL CARTER
“Trumpeter Roy Campbell’s approach is to swallow all musical concepts, converting ‘world music’ into one music. His playing can emanate pure improvisation, as with the quartet Other Dimensions in Music, and the trumpeter can also maintain that improvisational touch in the large band of William Parker. Campbell’s trumpet comes with the lyricism of Freddie Hubbard, the freedom of Albert Ayler, and the worldliness of Don Cherry. ” ~ Mark Corroto, “All About Jazz”
” William Parker is a master musician, improviser and composer who The Village Voice calls “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” Not formally trained, he studied with other jazz players, developing an unconventional technique based on self-expression and experimentation. His playing is dense, textural, harmonic, lyrical and percussive.” Marketwire
June 10th 2013
8:30 – DENVER GENERAL
Denver General is a collective improvising trio. Three musicians that made it to New York City by way of Colorado. Longtime friends and cohorts the 3 have an innate connection guiding the music.
10:00 – WYP
Previously known, by no one except part of the band members, as ProtestMusic. Leading up to their second show while feeling that ProtestMusic might be a silly name, the decision to change the name to ProtestM materialized. The feeling that ProtestM might as well be quite a silly name was hard to escape, therefor the name was changed to WYP, which is basically just the first letter of band members first name put together.
The music: rough, heavy, screechy-melodic and maximal.
June 17th 2013
8:30 – BIG EYED RABBIT
Together, guitarist Ross Martin, bassist Max Johnson and drummer Jeff Davis are Big Eyed Rabbit. This trio was formed in April 2012 to play a loose electric set of traditional fiddle music, and has since morphed into an ensemble that draws from oldtime and bluegrass fiddle tunes, original compositions by all three members and a long string of improvisation that ties it all together. They are currently preparing new music for the upcoming recording of their debut album, and will be performing those pieces in addition to a handful of classic oldtime tunes.
10:00 – THOMAS HEBERER’S GARDEN
“I’ve always being a musical eclectic, going back and forth between different genres, but jazz is my first love, and Garden IS a jazz band. I feel very fortunate to call Max and Lou my friends and collaborators – our group represents three generations of jazz artists: Lou has seen it all, Max is the “man of the moment,” and I’m in between those two, enjoying every moment of it.Our music is a very personal mix of originals and free playing. In March 2013 we recorded our first CD together, due for release in early 2014”. Thomas Heberer
June 24th 2013
8:30 – ONE FOR THE DARK
German-french bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper has been living in New York City since 2005. From 2008 to 2010 Pascal led the PNTrio with Tyshawn Sorey and Robin Verheyen. (CD “pasàpas” Konnex 2008 & “urban creatures” JazzHausMusik 2010). The trio toured extensively in Europe. (Jazzcologne Festival, Jazzherbst Konstanz and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recordings for the WDR and the BR Radio.) In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed the septet vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vive le Jazz in Cologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris and will perform at Pori Jazz in Finland in July 2013.
10:00 – FEDERICO UGHI QUARTET
“Whatever your particular tastes, you need to hear what Ughi and his band are doing” Time Out NY’s Hank Shteamer
Born in Rome, Italy Federico relocated to London at age 21 to play music, from there moving to New York in 2000 again to play music. He has been based in Brooklyn, NY ever since. He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, William Parker, The Cinematic Orchestra among others. Federico Ughi has perfomed throughout Italy, the UK, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, China, Mexico, Canada and the US.
July 1st 2013
8:30 – JONATHAN MORITZ’ SECRET TEMPO
Secret Tempo juxtaposes the feel of jazz with elements of modern classical music and free improvisation. My love for Bird’s swing, Ben Webster’s big tenor sound, the interaction in Webern’s orchestral pieces, and the extended techniques of lowercase musicians constitutes the foundation of my music. This record consists of written music with a lot of room for improvisation. The trio either plays over chordal sequences or in a less structured way, with composed material serving as a starting and ending point.
10:00 – PERIOD
Based in New York for the past decade, Mike Pride currently leads the quartet, From Bacteria To Boys, as well as the 7-drummer installation band Drummer’s Corpse, who both record for AUM Fidelity Records. Pride is renowned worldwide for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents and appeared on more than 70 recordings.
July 8th 2013
8:30 – CARLO COSTA QUARTET featuring STEVE SWELL
the Carlo Costa Quartet is dedicated exclusively to acoustic collective improvisation with particular focus on timbre research, slow moving shapes, and the use of silence.
Drummer Carlo Costa, was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. Since 2005 he has been living in New York City where he keeps busy as a leader or sideman of various projects. He currently leads or co-leads a remarkable array of groups that include among others: Pascal Niggenkemper JP Schlegelmilch, Sean Ali, Frantz Loriot, Ryan Ferreira, Jonathan Moritz, Steve Swell.
A New Jersey native, trombonist Steve Swell has been active on the New York jazz scene since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so-called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker.
10:00 – YONI KRETZMER 2BASS QUARTET
Derived straight from the classic Sax-Bass-drum trio, Kretzmer’s latest projects augments this standard setting with the addition of an extra double-bass, thus creating a different balance, sound, deepness and flavor yet still maintaining some of the esthetics and clarity that made the sax trio so popular in the first place. One might say this quartet’s sound is obvious yet unfamiliar simultaneously. Their new and first Album, Weight, was released in February 2012.
July 15th 2013
8:30 – KEIR NEURINGER & JULIUS MASRI (Philly)
Keir Neuringer – alto saxophone, Julius Masri – drums
Killer Sax-drum duo! Intense, sensitive, emotion charged and action packed. The way in which both musicians maintain stamina while allowing for eventful surprises to take place creates a unique listening experience.
10:00 – HEARING THINGS
Matt Bauder – tenor saxophone, Justin Caroll – organ, Vinnie Sperrazza – drums
“…he [Matt Bauder] consistently demonstrated killer chops and impeccable taste both as an improviser and as a conceptualist, finding thrilling ways to use arrangement, composition, and electronic production to forge something new.” –Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader
July 22nd 2013
8:00 – REUBEN RADDING & SLO-MO DOVES
Slo-Mo Doves are a a new trio experimenting with original and traditional material in an Eastern-European vein, including lots of odd meters, and folk-driven melodies, combined with a jazz sensibility and open improvisation. High energy at times, but also able to concoct a dreamy cocktail of mysteriousness, Slo-Mo Doves are finding their own way through the East to the West.
“Radding demonstrates a far-reaching facility, alternating lithe figures with a sinewy arco technique that hemorrhages raw emotion. Whether throttling gnarled motifs, or eliciting spectral harmonics, his resonant tone and agile phrasing is captivating. A dominant force, he nearly steals the show.” –Troy Collins, All About Jazz
9:15 – TERRENCE McMANUS
A native of Brooklyn, New York, guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus has been called “…one of New York’s latest guitar heroes…” (All About Jazz), and that he has “…hit on an entirely new language.” (Gambit), and “…possesses the goods to impart a significant impact…” (jazzreview.com). Time Out New York calls him a “Texture-minded guitar abstractionist…”. He has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Don Byron, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, John Hollenbeck, Ben Monder, Russ Lossing, Randy Peterson, Mat Maneri, Tom Rainey, Michael Sarin, and Marty Ehrlich. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Jazz Festival Willisau (Switzerland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park a.o.
10:30 – 9VOLT featuring MICHAEL ATTIAS
9Volt derives itʼs unique sound from Parkerʼs use of electronics with the trombone
combined with Maozʼs unique approach to guitar and effects. Their unique sounds are
incorporated into the compositions making a music that is a synthesis of electronic
experimental, rock, jazz and neoclassical minimalism. The band is held together by
Israeli born drummer Yonadav Halevy who is highly regarded in both funk/hip hop as
well as jazz circles. For this night 9volt will host the remarkable Michael Attias
July 29th 2013
8:30 – INGRID LAUBROCK & TATSUYA NAKATANI (Japan)
This is a first meeting between saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, both known for highly textural improvisations with a strong intuitive sense for drama and shape.
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock has been living in the UK since 1989 and is now residing in Brooklyn.She performed and recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran,Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards and others.
As well as an improviser, Ingrid is also prolific composer with work documented on many recordings. Her latest composition is “Vogelfrei”, a piece for chamber orchestra performed by the American Composers Orchestra at Columbia ST University in June 2013.
Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan.
He has been residing in the USA since 1994 and is currently based in Easton, PA. Since the late 1990s, Mr. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring. He has also collaborated with hundreds of other artists internationally and presented masterclasses, workshops and lectures across the USA and around the world. Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world.
10:00 – ADAM HOPKINS TRIO
Adam Hopkins is a bassist, composer, and educator born and raised in Baltimore, MD and currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He has extensive experience performing jazz and improvised music and has played with professional orchestras in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the DC metro area. He is the founder of both the Baltimore and New York Chapters of Out of Your Head, a collective of improvising musicians in those cities devoted to broadening the local creative music scene. He is a regular member of Ideal Bread, Patrick Breiner’s Double Double, Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, Quartet Offensive, and leads his own bands Haverchuck, Adam Hopkins Trio, Party Pack ICE, and a Baltimore-based dectet called Lubbock which he co-leads with Dave Ballou.