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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 8:00pm

Sleepthief

Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones
Liam Noble, piano
Tom Rainey, drums

"[Sleepthief] makes for demanding listening [and is] a declaration of the abiding value of collective, spontaneous music making." -Nic Jones, All About Jazz

Ars Nova Workshop is excited to present Sleepthief, a trio consisting of German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, UK pianist Liam Noble, and US percussionist Tom Rainey.  The trio has performed together extensively, and in 2008 released their self-titled debut on Intakt Records.

Ingrid Laubrock was born in Germany and began taking music lessons at an early age, playing classical piano and singing in local choirs before she turned 10.  She relocated to London in 1989 and began playing alto saxophone, soon after studying with Jean Touissant (who played with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in the mid-1980s).  She soon after started playing soprano and tenor saxophones, and became a founding member of the Brazilian quartet NOIS4, as well as Monica Vasconcelos' 9-piece ensemble NOIS.  In the late-1990s, she studied in the US with David Liebman, and in 1999 completed post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, working further with Toussaint, and also Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzman, and Billy Cobham.  In 2004 she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation, and two years later the Fellowship for Jazz Composition from the Arts Foundation.  In addition to her work in traditional and avant garde jazz idioms, she also works with the contemporary classical Continuum Ensemble and with several theater groups and choreographers.  She has released over 15 records with various groups, and has recorded and/or performed with Evan Parker, Jazz Jamaica Allstars, Norma Winstone, Veryan Weston, David Axelrod, Sharon Wrey's Jazz Xchange, Sometimes, Forensic, Gente, and many others.  One of her many current projects is her new quartet with Mary Halvorson, John Herbert, and Tom Rainey, which debuted in January of this year.  They have a new album that will be released soon on Intakt Records.

Pianist Liam Noble studied music at Oxford and Guildhall, and soon after began working in groups with Stan Stulzman, Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett, Tim Whitehead, and John Stevens.  His first solo piano album, 1996's Close Your Eyes, featured interpretations of works by Annette Peacock, Richard Rodgers, and Ornette Coleman.  Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with the Bobby Wellins Quartet, the Christine Tobin Band, the Randy Brecker English Sextet, Drew Gress, Okkyung Lee, and Tom Rainey.  His most recent releases include a duo recording with Ingrid Laubrock titled Let's Call This, Romance Among The Fishes (with Phil Robson, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey), In The Meantime by the Liam Noble Group (with Stan Sulzmann, Chris Biscoe, Mick Hutton, and Paul Clarvis), Sleepthief, and Brubeck by the Liam Noble Trio (with Dave Wickins and David Whitford).

California-born drummer Tom Rainey got his start playing drums in a top 40 cover band that performed hits by Santana, Steely Dan, and Chicago.  He soon after began studying jazz drumming, and cites Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis as his earliest influences.  He studied music in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, and eventually relocated to New York City in 1979.  He has since appeared on over 75 recordings, and has performed and/or recorded with Herb Robertson, Bill Frissell, Craig Taborn, Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee, Angelica Sanchez, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Drew Gress, and Marc Ducret.  His most remarkable work so far has been with Tim Berne's various projects, namely Paraphrase, Science Friction, Hard Cell, Prezens, and Big Satan.  Tom Rainey's first recording as a group leader, Pool School by the Tom Rainey Trio (featuring Mary Halvorson and Laubrock), was released earlier this year by Clean Feed.