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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Map
http://www.philartalliance.org/
Price: $12 General Admission
Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 8:00pm

Steve Lehman Trio

Steve Lehman, alto saxophone
Matt Brewer, bass
Damion Reid, drums

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone (2006-2009) by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, Steve Lehman is a saxophonist and composer whose work resides on the frontiers of contemporary music. He has been recognized as one of today's truly original creative voices by The Wire, The New York Times, and Downbeat Magazine, as well as by National Public Radio and The BBC. A former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, he has performed and recorded throughout the United States and Europe with his own ensembles, and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Meshell Ndgeocello, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, and High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium.

An award-winning composer, Lehman's pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the Janacek Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, members of the Argento and Wet Ink Ensembles, and by the pianist Marilyn Nonken. His electro-acoustic music, recently showcased in Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York, has focused on the development of computer-driven models for improvisation, based in the Max/MSP programming environment. His most recent recordings as a leader include Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi 2009), with his critically acclaimed octet, On Meaning (Pi 2007), Door (Pi 2008), with the collective trio Fieldwork, Manifold (Clean Feed 2007), Demian as Posthuman (Pi 2005), featuring Tyshawn Sorey and nine-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello, and Interface (Clean Feed 2004), featuring Mark Dresser and Pheeroan akLaff.

For his only Philadelphia appearance in 2009, Steve will present a set of his cutting-edge trio music, including selected compositions from his critically acclaimed octet record, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi 2009), meticulously re-arranged for the acoustic trio format.