March 2008

Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 8:00pm

Wolter Wierbos and guests

Wolter Wierbos, trombone
Evan Lipson, double-bass
Katt Hernandez, violin
Toshi Makihara, drums

Wolter Wierbos is considered one of the world's leading trombone players. He has played throughout Europe, Canada, USA and Asia. Wierbos has many awards to his name, including the Podiumprijs for Jazz and Improvised music and the most important Dutch jazz award, the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize. Described as "a phenomenon, both a humorous importer of every style into his template-free, fat-backed sound, and a tireless spy in the house of brass", he is equally at home using the classic trombone vocabulary or enthusiastically giving a round-trip tour of his horn, from buzzing mute mutations and grizzly blurts to purring multiphonics.

Since 1979 he has played with numerous music ensembles: Cumulus (with Ab Baars and Harry de Wit), JC Tans & Rockets, Theo Loevendie Quintet, Guus Janssen Septet, Loos (Peter van Bergen), Maarten Altena Ensemble and Podiumtrio. He led his own band, Celebration of Difference, and has been involved in theater, dance, television and film projects. He has been invited to play with the EX, Sonic Youth, Gruppo Sportivo and the Nieuw Ensemble (led by Ed Spanjaard).

He has also played with Henry Threadgill, The Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (led by Alexander von Schlippenbach), the European Big Band (led by Cecil Taylor), the John Carter Project, Mingus Big Band (Epitaph, directed by Gunther Schuller). He is currently active with Misha Mengelberg's ICP (Downbeat Poll winner 2002, Talent Deserving Wider Recognition), Gerry Hemingway Quintet, Franky Douglas' Sunchild, Bik Bent Braam, Albrecht Maurer Trio Works, Nocando, Carl Ludwig Hübsch's Longrun Development of the Universe, Frank Gratkowski Quartet, Available Jelly and Sean Bergin's MOB. Wierbos also maintains a solo career. He has a running project under the name Wollo's World, where he brings together different artistic combinations, ranging from duos with tap-dancer Marije Nie and bassist Wilbert de Joode to a quartet with Misha Mengelberg, Mats Gustafsson and Wilbert de Joode. In the future Wollos' World hopes to feature such interesting musicians as Simon Nabatov, Hamid Drake and Jim Black.

Okkyung Lee-Peter Evans-Steve Beresford Trio
Okkyung Lee, cello
Peter Evans, trumpet
Steve Beresford, piano

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional and pop music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music. She has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Lotte Anker, Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Carla Bozulich, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Fred Frith, Carlos Giffoni, Vijay Iyer, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Jim ORrourke, Evan Parker, Marina Rosenfeld, Keith Rowe, Wadada Leo Smith, C Spencer Yeh, and John Zorn, to name a few.

Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music and composition. As a performer, Evans has been working to broaden the expressive range of his chosen instrument and enjoys playing with steady configurations of players and composers.

Improviser, composer, arranger, producer, vocal stylist and bon vivant, Steve Beresford is one of Europe's most charming and versatile musical minds. Beresford has played punk and pop (in the Slits, the Flying Lizards, the Frank Chickens), dub reggae (with Prince Far-I, African Head Charge), improvisation (with John Zorn and many others) and is perhaps best known for his lounge/MOR/TV-theme homage/parody project, The Melody Four. He has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink. For the past decade he has concentrated most of his compositional efforts on tracks for independent British film and television.