December 2008

Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 8:00pm


Pandelis Karayorgis, Fender Rhodes + piano
Nate McBride, bass
Curt Newton, drums

Born in Athens, Greece in 1962, Pandelis Karayorgis studied with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Dave Holland and Joe Maneri. He has studied and performed extensively the music of Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano and in 1991 compiled a collection of all of Monk's compositions. In the last twenty years he led or co-led groups whose recordings have often been voted into reviewers' top-10 lists in magazines such as Coda, Cadence, Jazz Times and Jazziz. He has performed and recorded with Mat Maneri, Joe Maneri, Ken Vandermark, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, Randy Peterson and Guillermo Gregorio, among many others. In the past few years toured and recorded in duo format with Ken Vandermark and also with Guillermo Gregorio (with whom there are two previous HatArt collaborations). He has performed recently with Dave Rempis, Josh Abrams, Jeff Parker, Jeb Bishop, Daniel Levin, Frank Rosaly, Charlie Kohlase, Charles Waters and the TILT Brass band.

Bassist Nate McBride was raised in Seattle and lived there until moving to Boston to attend college in 1990. While working on degrees in English and music- including bass studies with Cecil McBee and Donald Palma- he gained extensive performance experience in Boston's jazz and improvised music scene. This period saw the beginning of several long-running collaborations which would prove critical to his development as a musician, including those with drummer Curt Newton, guitarist Joe Morris, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis and reedist Ken Vandermark. Among his musical influences are Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, the flexible and propulsive music of blues guitarists such as Skip James and Fred McDowell, the energy and DIY ethos of punk rock, Baroque music, and the forward thinking approach of the AACM. In late 2004, Nate relocated to Chicago, and performs on an ongoing basis with his own Boston-based Quartet, the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio, the mi3, Tripleplay, Spaceways, Inc., FME, and Bridge 61. As well as those musicians already cited, he has appeared on record or in concert with a variety of other improvisers, including Mat Maneri, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Jim Hobbs, Charlie Kohlhase, Allan Chase, Satoko Fujii, James Rohr, and Hamid Drake.

Boston-based drummer and percussionist Curt Newton has been playing uncompromising original music since 1986. A highly versatile ensemble player and soloist, he integrates innovative sounds and extended techniques with the jazz and rock drumset traditions. He has worked with Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, and Debris, and has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He appears on CDs released by leading independent labels like Okkadisk, Boxholder, Soul Note, Music and Arts, Buzz, and Rastascan. He has worked since 1986 with Chicago saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark, releasing three acclaimed CDs.  Their most recent project is the group Tripleplay with bassist Nate McBride. He also plays with leading musicians including Hans Poppel, Joe Morris, James Rohr, Greg Kelley, and Jorrit Dijkstra.