October 2007

Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennet Hall (UPenn)34th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 General Admission
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Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 8:00pm

Marilyn Crispell-Mark Helias-Andrew Cyrille Trio

Marilyn Crispell, piano
Mark Helias, double-bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joelle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz.

In addition to her work as a soloist and leader, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players in the North American and international jazz world. She has performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera "X" with the New York City Opera).  She has taught improvisation workshops and is a guest lecturer at universities throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets. Crispell has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grants (1988-1989, 1994-1995 and 2006-2007), a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission (1988-1989), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006). In 1996 she was given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004, was cited as being one of their 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years.

Paul Lytton-Nate Wooley Duo
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Paul Lytton, percussion

Genres are meant to be bent.  That's what ground breaking British percussionist, Paul Lytton and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley believe.  The two musicians, from seemingly different backgrounds and musical circles met up earlier this year to record their eponymous debut LP for Detroit's Broken Research Records.

Paul Lytton, known primarily in the US as the drummer for the long running Evan Parker Trio, has been forging new ground as a free jazz percussionist, electronicist, and maker of instruments for almost 40 years.  Along with Paul Lovens, Tony Oxley, and John Stevens, he is firmly entrenched in the British tradition of experimental improvisers who have gone beyond the jazz tradition to deal with a new way of improvising, and a new language that has now become a jumping off point for the generations of experimental musicians to come.  Over the years, he has played with such improvising luminaries as Parker, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, and Ken Vandermark.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into the public's consciousness with his solo recording, Wrong Shape To Be A Storyteller (Creative Sources Recordings) two years ago.  Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family.  He is currently working in New York with everyone from post-rocker David Grubbs to new music composer/bagpiper Matthew Welch to free jazz guitarist Joe Morris.