December 2007

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 8:00pm

Mostly Other People Do The Killing

Peter Evans, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone
Moppa Elliott, double-bass
Keven Shea, drums

Mostly Other People Do the Killing, or MOPDTK, is a quartet with the rare ability to think, act, create, and destroy as one consciousness. Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of Jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of Uber-Jass. One Hundred Years of Jazz History in every bite!

Moppa Elliott leads MOPDTK and also performs with the elastic-hybrid-chamber-pop group, Alice, several circus bands, other jazz and improvised music groups. Peter Evans recently released his first solo album, More is More on psi Records, leads his own quartet, and collaborates with a wide variety of improvising weirdos. Jon Irabagon is currently touring with indie-rock band Bright Eyes, performing and recording with his jazz quintet and the quartet Confluence.  Kevin Shea tours and performs with Talibam!, Get the People, Barr, People and was first introduced to the world as the drummer from Storm and Stress and Coptic Light. He also performs solo sets under the name Sexy Thoughts.

Charles Evans-Erik Dutko Duo
Charles Evans, baritone saxophone
Erik Dutko, guitar

The Charles Evans/Erik Dutko Duo explores 20th century harmony utilizing an interesting instrumentation: baritone saxophone and guitar. Their longtime musical partnership has developed into a highly sensitive and intimate musical collaboration. Taking their cue from the explorations of the David Liebman/Richie Beirach duo, Evans and Dutko have developed an approach that combines a post-ECM aesthetic with an economy of note choice. They have reached a maturity that enables them to combine pure sound and melody with complex harmonic shading in both their compositions and improvisations. Evans's baritone joins the sensitivity and range of John Surman with the chromaticism and fire of Liebman, while Dutko's guitar colors the melodicist with a pianists' touch, the linear feel of Keith Jarrett and the sensitivity and restraint of Marc Copland.

Branching off from his love of simplicity, melody, and beautiful tone, particularly in the baritone's difficult altissimo register, baritone saxophonist Charles Evans has continued with focused ballad playing, but with a twist: poly-chordal ballads and harmonically dense, chromatic compositions with his longtime collaborator, the guitarist on his Ballads record, Erik Dutko. Charles Evans is a New York based baritone saxophonist who has studied with David Liebman and Antonio Hart. His three CDs as a leader have received rave reviews from such prestigious sources as Cadence Magazine and The Wire, among others. Erik Dutko has received a mentorship from Philadelphia guitarist Steve Giordano. Both are graduates of the University of the Arts. Charles also has a master's degree from Queens College.

Jason Stein Trio
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Jason Roebke, bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

Jason Stein was born December 6th, 1976, in Washington DC, but grew up on Long Island, NY. From the moment he laid his fingers on the bass clarinet he was hooked. Stein studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Waldon and Ed Sarath. Stein is now located in Chicago and is involved in a number of bands and projects. He can be heard on the Bridge 61 album, Journal (Atavistic 2006) with Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride and Tim Daisy, as well as on the second release of Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack (Intents and Purposes, 482music). Stein's group, Locksmith Isidore has a record that will be released by Clean Feed in early 2008. Stein has had the opportunity to perform with many amazing local and international musicians including Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Gratkowski, Peter Brotzman, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Håvard Wiik.

The diversity of Jason Roebke's musical associations makes him one of the most sought after bassists in Chicago. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. He leads the electro-acoustic ensemble Tigersmilk (Rob Mazurek, Dylan van der Schyff), the modular music and dance unit Art Union Humanscape (Ayako Kato, Tim Barnes, Michiyo Yagi), and co-leads the brutal post-drone trio Overova (Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Adasiewicz). Roebke is also very active in the world of jazz. He is a member of the Jeb Bishop Trio, Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio, Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things, and Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective.

Frank currently resides in Chicago where he has been involved in the improvised music scene since 2001. He has become an active member in many groups including Chicago Luzern Exchange, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, Fred Lomberg-Holm's Valentine Trio, Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, The Thread Quintet, Indoor/Outdoor, Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet and his own octet, Kite, as well as other projects such as Rolldown, Wealthsource, Fast Citizens, The Ingebrigt Haker-Flatten Quintet, Matt Schneider's Straight 6, Princess, The Jeff Parker Quartet featuring JP, Nels Cline and Nate McBride, the Nick Broste Quintet, Matt Ulery Quintet, Softbeater! (one of Frank's solo drumming project) and others. He has also been performing with some of Chicago's best musicians such as Jim Baker, Matt Lux, Kent Kessler, Tim Daisy, Guillermo Gregorio, Jeff Parker, David Boykin, Niki Mitchell, Keefe Jackson, Aram Shelton, Josh Berman, Bill Brimfield, Josh Abrams, Anton Hatwich, Jason Ajemian, Nate McBride as well as New York musicians like Steve Swell, Anthony Coleman, Alan Licht, Dominic Lalli and Matana Roberts, as well as Wilco's Nels Cline.