Posts Tagged ‘Ben Monder’

Pianist Bobby Avey To Release Authority Melts From Me, The Product of A Chamber Music America Grant, A Three-Part Suite Exploring Haitian Vodou Drumming & Its Role in Haitian Revolution

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Featuring Saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Guitarist Ben Monder, Bassist Thomson Kneeland & Drummer Jordan Perlson

Authority Melts From Me Is Out May 6th Worldwide
via Whirlwind Recordings
Pianist Bobby Avey is an emerging star on the international jazz scene.  In 2005, while a student at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, Avey was invited by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman to adapt and arrange art songs from the Classical and Romantic eras for reinterpretation creating a vehicle for improvisation.  The project, which culminated with the album Vienna Dialogues, was released in 2006 on ZOHO to rave reviews.  In 2011 Avey won the esteemed Thelonious Monk Competition for composition following on from his critically acclaimed debut album A New Face.  His solo piano album Be Not So Long To Speak was released last year and deemed “a record of mystery, patience, imagination and clear design” by the New York Times.  Avey is a current member of David Liebman’s ‘Expansions’.

Authority Melts From Me is Avey’s fascinating new album, an hour-long suite of music for quintet that was inspired by events surrounding the Haitian Revolution and based on rhythms found in Haitian Vodou drumming.  The night before the slaves of Haiti joined the revolution in 1791 it is believed that a massive Vodou ceremony was held to seal their pact, the drumming rhythms playing a central role.  Moved by these events Avey travelled to Haiti to visit and record a Vodou ceremony in the small village of Soukri, near the town of Gonaïves.  Having transcribed this recording and that of an album by the drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin from Port au Prince, Avey was able to analyse the relationships between different drumming layers and use them as the rhythmic foundation and starting point for Authority Melts From Me.

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4th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit, Part of City-Wide New York Guitar Festival SMASHES BORDERS OF GENRE AND STYLE JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

Monday, November 18th, 2013

4th ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT,
Part of City-Wide NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL
JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

OPENING NIGHT: EVOLVING CONCEPTS OF RHYTHM:
MILES OKAZAKI, WILL BERNARD, LIBERTY ELLMAN, DAVID GILMORE

RARE NYC APPEARANCE BY DAVID TRONZO +
FIRST EVER DUO MEETING OF FRED FRITH & NELS CLINE

FINAL NIGHT – THE MUSIC OF PAUL MOTIAN
featuring Duo Performances By
STEVE CARDENAS, BEN MONDER,
GILAD HEKSELMAN, BRANDON ROSS, VIC JURIS,
MARY HALVORSON, JULIAN LAGE &
FESTIVAL FOUNDER JOEL HARRISON 

The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010 by guitarist Joel Harrison, is an annual gathering of daring, inventive players who explore new and unusual approaches to the guitar. The music presented during AGS always seeks to celebrate the instrument’s enormous range of possibilities, beyond style or genre.

“If you love spontaneous improvisation, beautiful melodies, nasty funk, surreal soundscapes, wild abandon, righteous distortion, elliptical chords, dreamy sound clouds, and the joy of surprise, this festival is for you,” says Harrison. “It’s an incredible experience to see so many six-string wizards at work in one place over such a concentrated period of time. Ecstatic moments are in abundance all weekend long.”

Nels Cline, Appearing in Duos with Fred Frith & Julian Lage

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Guitarist Ben Monder Presents Selections From Hydra, at The Jazz Standard October 23

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

1357Digipak

Guitarist Ben Monder Presents Selections From Latest Sunnyside Release, Hydra, With Collaborator Theo Bleckmann, Plus Music From Previous Monder/Bleckmann Collaborations

The Jazz Standard

October 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

 

Fully Altered Media **Spring 2011** Release Schedule

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

January



Chris Parrello –Things I Wonder (Stray Dog Music) – January 25
Chris Parrello – guitars, compositions; Karlie Bruce – vocals/lyrics; Ian Young – saxophones; Kevin Thomas – bass; Aviv Cohen – drums; Rubin Kodheli – cello; Greg Glassman – trumpet; Rich Hinman – pedal steel

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Fully Altered Media Client Release Schedule **Fall 2010**

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

August


Vijay Iyer – Solo (ACT Music) – August 31
Iyer’s 1st solo piano recording

September

Blue Cranes – Observatories (self-released) – Sept. 14
Portland, OR chamber jazz group w/ Reed Wallsmith (saxes), Sly Pig (saxes), Rebecca Sanborn (keyboards), Keith Brush (bass), Ji Tanzer (drums)

Eddie Gomez & Cesarius Alvim – Forever (Plus Loin Music) – Sept. 14
Bass/Piano Duo w/ Eddie Gomez (bass), Cesarius Alvim (piano)

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green – Apex (Pi Recordings) – Sept. 28
w/ Mahanthappa (alto sax), Bunky Green (alto sax), Jack DeJohnette (drums on half), Jason Moran (piano), Francois Moutin (bass), Damion Reid (drums on half)

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