March 2008

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 8:00pm

Mary Halvorson Trio

Mary Halvorson, guitar
John Herbert, bass
Ches Smith, drums

Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Boston and studied jazz at Wesleyan University and the New School. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with various groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with the Anthony Braxton Quintet (Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Leo Records) and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant (Sister Phantom Owl Fish, Ipecac Recordings). She has also performed alongside Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Elliott Sharp, Lee Ranaldo, Andrea Parkins, Marc Ribot, Tony Malaby, Oscar Noriega and John Hollenbeck. Current projects which Mary composes for and performs with include a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone (Prairies, Lucky Kitchen, 2005), The Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith, and the avant-rock band People (People, I & Ear Records, 2005). She also performs regularly in ensembles led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Ted Reichman, Peter Evans, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Cady, Matthew Welch, Brian Chase and Curtis Hasselbring.

John Hebert moved to New York City from New Orleans in 1994, where he has become a highly in demand jazz bassist.  He has worked with world class musicians Paul Bley, Lee Konitz, Blue Note recording artist Andrew Hill, ECM recording artist Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Grammy Winner Maria Schneider, Nasheet Waits, Grammy nominated Fred Hersch, John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby, Tim Berne, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Ben Monder and many others.  John continues to tour extensively in the USA, Europe and Canada performing in major jazz festivals and venues.

Ches Smith plays drums and records with Carla Bozulich, Trevor Dunn's trio-convulsant, Secret Chiefs 3 and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dogs.  He has also performed with Matthew Goodheart, Ben Goldberg, Mr Bungle, and Fred Frith.

Phillip Greenlief solo
Phillip Greenlief, saxophone

"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." -San Francisco Chronicle

Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief is the founder of Evander Music, an independent record label that presents original composition, improvised music and new jazz. Since 1986, Greenlief's recordings and performances have received critical acclaim in many national jazz publications (Down Beat, Jazz Times, 5/4, Cadence, Modern Saxophone, All About Jazz, The Los Angeles Times, and more). His duo recording of improvised music with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola received 5 stars in the 1999 Music Hound Jazz Essential Album Guide. His recordings of popular songs with the Lost Trio and the recordings of his own compositions on Russian Notebooks (w/PG & Covered Pages) were listed on the Critics' Top 10 Recording List of 2000 & 2001 (SF Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, East Bay Express, Downtown Music Guide/NYC). Greenlief has produced concerts for local musicians and internationally touring artists under the auspices of Evander Music Presents in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997.

Greenlief has performed or recorded with Scott Amendola, Alex Cline, Nels Cline Trio, Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra, Fred Frith, Tyrone Hill's Deep Space Posse, Carla Kihlstedt, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros' Sounding the Margins Orchestra, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Ches Smith, Carl Stone, Tri-Axium West Orchestra (performing music of Anthony Braxton), William Wynant, and Otomo Yoshihide.

Jeremiah Cymerman's Silence and Solitude
Jeremiah Cymerman, clarinet
Matt Bauder, clarinet
Josh Sinton, Clarinet
Christian Pincock, laptop

Jeremiah Cymerman is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born May 4th, 1980 in log cabin in North Georgia. Since 2002 Cymerman has been active in a wide variety of musical contexts and has been honored to present his work in some of New York City's most highly regarded venues for avant-garde and experimental music including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Tonic, Anthology Film Archives, Washington Square Church, and The Tank, among many others.  Described by Time Out New York as "one of downtown's most inventive and resourceful composer-performers" Cymerman has performed with a wide range of contemporary artists including John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide, Ned Rothenberg, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others. 

With a foot deeply rooted in the avant-garde tradition of downtown New York and an interest in exploring new methods for clarinet performance, Cymerman has developed a highly personal language of extended clarinet techniques which are often augmented by a customized analog electronics set-up.  After several self-released hand-made CDs, in February 2007 Cymerman released his first album as a leader, Big Exploitation, on Solponticello Records, a record that found him in the role of conductor of a 13 piece improvising big band.  The album found its way to regular rotation on college and jazz radio stations nation-wide.  In March of 2008 Tzadik Records will release his newest CD, Silence & Solitude, a series of compositions for solo clarinet and computer processing.

Since 2001 Cymerman has also been curating and producing concerts. In 2001, while in college at the University of GA, he founded and curated the Flicker New Music Series, a bi-monthly concert series that featured experimental and improvising musicians from all over the south east.  Most recently, at the request of John Zorn, Cymerman has curated a month of concerts (November 2007) at NYC's The Stone.