February 2007

Community Education CenterTYFT
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
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Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 8:00pm


Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone
Hilmar Jensson, el. guitar
Jim Black , drums

Hilmar Jensson graduated from Iceland’s FIH School of Music in 1987 and from the Berklee College of Music in 1991. In Boston he first met and began his longstanding collaborations with many musicians who would go on to become important members of the NYC downtown and Brooklyn jazz scene, including Jim Black and Andrew D’Angelo. Back in Iceland since 1994, Jensson has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and appeared on over 40 albums, including five as a leader or co-leader. Since 1999 Jensson has been a member of Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, a critically acclaimed NYC-based quartet that records for Winter & Winter and has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. In addition, Jensson is a co-founder of the Icelandic art-collective Kitchen Motors and has performed and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Leo Smith, Kevin Drumm, Herb Robertson, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed, Eyvind Kang and Arve Henriksen among others in 25 countries.

Jim Black has been playing drums for 28 years. Born in 1967, he grew up in Seattle, WA, playing music ranging from garage rock to big band swing. In 1985 he went to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. During this time he recorded numerous albums, performed in Europe and taught summer classes at Berklee. In 1991 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, and has since become one of the most in-demand drummers in the jazz/new music scene today. In addition to co-leading and composing for the groups Pachora and Human Feel, Jim has recorded and toured extensively with diverse groups including Ellery Eskelin, Chris Speed's Yeah No, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Uri Caine's Mahler, Bach, Mozart and Berio Projects, and Laurie Anderson. Jim is currently recording and performing with his quartet AlasNoAxis and his latest CD Dogs of Great Indifference is available on Winter & Winter Recordings.

Andrew D'Angelo is a bass clarinetist, alto saxophonist, composer, electronic artist, graphic designer, light sculptor, and videographer living in Brooklyn, New York.  His trio MORTHANA (which includes Norwegian musicians Anders Hana and Morten Olsen) toured Europe in the spring of 2005.  Their new recording has just been released on Doubtmusic (Japan) and features drummer Mike Pride as a special guest. He also works and tours with the Matt Wilson Quartet, a group he has performed with for the last 10 years, touring Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, and Mexico as well as Europe. They have four CDs available on Palmetto. Last winter he was part of a Kitchen Motors art installation in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Hilmar Jensson. Other projects include a solo bass clarinet CD including works by himself, Michael Rose, Stephan Larose, and Nissim Schaul.

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio
Stephan Crump, bass
Liberty Ellman, guitar
Jamie Fox, el. guitar

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio will perform music from their new release, Rosetta, whose sound marks a departure from the more traditional ensembles of Crump’s previous outings to arrive at the rare concept of a drumless, chamber-like trio of strings. The result is a collection of intricate, narrative compositions set against a uniquely sparse, yet rich sonic landscape.  Largely composed at home on the Rhodes piano from fragments emerging during the period after September 11th, the songs are complex yet immediate, and ever-so-slightly twisted. The melodies are unforgettable, and their impact is quietly explosive.

Many discerning jazz listeners have come to know Stephan Crump from his seven-year-and-counting association with the emerging piano great Vijay Iyer, which has brought forth the albums Panoptic Modes, Blood Sutra, In What Language? and Iyer’s latest, Reimagining. Stephan has worked for nearly as long with Liberty Ellman, notably on the Pi discs Tactiles and Ophiuchus Butterfly. And together with Jamie Fox, Stephan performs and records with his wife, the radiant singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, whose recent albums Linger and Ready he also co-produced.

Liberty and Jamie were both fixtures on the scene in the San Francisco Bay area and had toured internationally before arriving in New York in the 90s. Aside from his critically-acclaimed recording career, Liberty has been featured in Henry Threadgill’s innovative group, Zooid, and has performed with other jazz visionaries like Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. An accomplished jazz composer in his own right, Jamie also brings a folk, R&B and blues perspective that has been heard with legends like Joan Baez and Brother Jack McDuff. On Rosetta, you can hear Stephan’s omnivorous outlook filtering through. Each song is its own compact universe, but the album tells a unified tale. The coherence of Stephan’s art is rare. And thanks to this rare and imaginative lineup – bass and two richly contrasting guitars – his gifts are nakedly and thrillingly apparent. Rosetta is jazz as it’s never quite sounded before.