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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
http://www.johnnybrendas.com
Price: $5 General Admission
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 8:00pm

Shot x Shot performs the music of Bloodcount

Composer Portrait: Tim Berne

Dan Capecchi, drums
Matt Engle, bass
Bryan Rogers, tenor saxophone
Dan Scofield, alto saxophone

Bloodcount stands as one of the highlights of saxophonist Tim Berne's multifaceted musical career. The band was one of Berne's principal creative outlets during the 1990s - resurrected again during the new millennium - and a fertile ground for his unique compositional and improvisational approaches. For much of the '90s, Bloodcount retained the stable lineup of alto and baritone saxophonist Berne, bassist Michael Formanek, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, and drummer Jim Black, and the foursome's high level of musical empathy during those years was characteristic of the best long-term working ensembles. Bloodcount served as an outlet for Berne's growing interest in extended-form pieces blending composed and improvised passages. He had expressed dislike for the interruptions in the mood of live performances that result from inserting breaks between short tunes, and his compositions for Bloodcount - some in the 40- to 50-minute range - indeed have remarkable continuity and maintain an almost cinematic narrative flow. For this very special performance, Philadelphia ensemble Shot x Shot will perform a number of compositions from the Bloodcount songbook, possibly with some surprises.

Shot x Shot is a Philadelphia quartet that has forged a distinctive sound through their over five years of steady collaboration. Their work is based in collective improvisational compositions that run the gamut from delicate to ruthless. Shot × Shot has performed alongside Peter Brötzmann, Jeb Bishop, Chicago Luzern Exchange, Peter Evans, Jack Wright and Pete Robbins among others. In 2007, the band showcased at South by Southwest. Shot × Shot’s self-titled live debut (High Two, 2006) was heralded in the pages of Downbeat, The Wire, Signal to Noise, All About Jazz, and other publications. The Village Voice and All About Jazz listed the album among the top debuts of 2006. Shot × Shot’s second album "Let Nature Square", their first studio recording, was released by High Two in May 2008.

We'll also be selling ticket packages for the December 11 + 12 Composer Portrait: Tim Berne performances for $20 - that's $10 off the ticket price! (This discount is limited to the first twenty purchasers, so come early!)

A rare screening of "Eyenoises...the Paris Movie 1994"
Directed by Susanna Schonberg, 1994, 51:20

This evening will also include a special screening of the documentary by Susanna Schonberg entitled "Eyenoises...The Paris Movie 1994", featuring abstract soundcheck and performance footage of Tim Berne's Bloodcount (including guitarist Marc Ducret) and featuring the 51-plus-minute "Eye Contact" from Bloodcount's Memory Select recording as the soundtrack.

A special appearance from Tim Berne
Tim Berne , alto saxophone

That's right. Tim Berne will be there.

Bird Fly Yellow performs Julius Hemphill's "Flat Out Jump Suite"
Joe Moffett, trumpet
Dan Blacksberg, trombone
Bridget Kearney, bass
Dave Flaherty, drums

Bird Fly Yellow’s work is the sound of jazz test-flying and test-crashing itself. BFY's members met while attending the New England Conservatory, and have since performed with a number of artists and bands such as Joe Morris, Ben Monder, Kenny Wolleson, Don Byron, Anthony Braxton, Ruth Lepson, Cuddle Magic, Lake Street Dive, and Festival Youth Orchestra. For this special appearance, BFY will perform World Saxophone Quartet founder Julius Hemphill's Flat Out Jump Suite, originally released in 1980 on Black Saint Records.