September 2008

The Rotunda4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:00pm

Bad Touch

Loren Stillman, alto saxophone
Nate Radley, guitar
Gary Versace, organ
Ted Poor, drums

Bad Touch is a new music collective made up of alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Nate Radley, organist Gary Versace and drummer Ted Poor. Originally formed under the highly unique, yet controversial name The Loren Stillman Quartet or The Loren Stillman Organ Project, Stillman relinquished control in 2007 when his band mates staged an uprising and voiced their interest in having a cooperative leadership role in the foursome. Being the sociably minded person that he is, Stillman willingly ceded his responsibilities as band leader and became ecstatic in knowing that the risk of leading a band would now be dispersed amongst four rather than one. Bad Touch was formed under the "power in number's principal." "Many hands make light work," they say, and so their goal is to share in all band responsibilities whether it be financial, musical or organizational.

In a musical age of predominantly solo careers and diluted concepts of what it means to be a "band," Bad Touch has decidedly set out to create a voice and personality as a collective. It is in this setting of mutual commitment and friendship that the music holds the most potential and is the most fulfilling. As side musicians, each have collaborated, recorded and traveled internationally with some of the most established names in jazz including Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Cuong Vu, Chris Potter, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, John Scofield, Maria Schneider, John Abercrombie and Charlie Haden. Bad Touch's Like a Magic Kiss will mark the first self-release by the collective, pending fall 2008. It features songs composed by Loren Stillman and Ted Poor, and the group has planned a Colorado and New England tour around the release of the new record.

Noah Kaplan-Marco Cappelli-Giacomo Merega Trio
Noah Kaplan, saxophones
Marco Cappelli, guitar
Giacomo Merega, bass

After completing many years of demanding music studies (first at Conservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome and then in the Konzert-Klasse at the Musik Akademie in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia), guitarist Marco Cappelli has led an extraordinary artistic path, becoming familiar both with rigorous written music as well with free improvisation languages.

The diversity of Marco's performances is due to a fascinating array of collaborations (Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Franco Piersanti, Jim Pugliese, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen, Cristina Zavalloni, and more) and regularly as a guest in important classical and contemporary music series (Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Associazione A. Scarlatti di Napoli, Ravenna Festival, Festival Traiettorie di Parma, Cinque passi nel '900 al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Italian Academy at Columbia University New York, Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale...) as well in jazz and avantgarde music festivals (Saalfelden Jazz Festival - Austria, Pomigliano Jazz - Italy, Grim in Marseille - France, Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles, Tonic in New York, OutPut Festival in Amsterdam...) both as a soloist and in ensemble settings. Among the founders of the acclaimed Italian contemporary music group Ensemble Dissonanzen, Marco Cappelli currently lives in New York, where he is involved with the contemporary and avantgarde music scene.

Noah Kaplan grew up in Topanga Canyon, CA.  He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied improvisation, counterpoint, harmony, composition and microtonal theory with Joe Maneri.  He was the 2005 recipient of the Jonathan Keith Foundation award for his work with microtones.  He has recorded with the Peter Erskine Trio and recently released the light and other things (Creative Nation Music, 2008), a collaboration with bassist Giacomo Merega and guitarist David Tronzo. His playing has been described as "Formidable" (Phil DiPietro - All About Jazz) and "Meditative", "Elegiac", "Communicat[ing] a wild tenderness", (Karla Cornejo - All About Jazz New York).

Giacomo Merega is an Italian bass player and composer who survived six years of Boston while studying at Berklee and the New England Conservatory (where he had in Joe Maneri, Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake his main mentors), before moving to Brooklyn in September 2007. Besides playing bass in Bryan Baker's (guitarist with Steps Ahead) rock band, Giacomo is and has been involved in a number of creative projects with prominent musicians like David Tronzo, Dave 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, Joe Morris, Daniel Levin, Ran Blake, Okkyiung Lee, Sunny Kim, Michael Winograd, John MacLellan and The Bloody Heads among others, performing extensively in the US as well as in Europe.