Date:Saturday, July 30, 2016
Venue: Fort Adams State Park
Time: 2:20 PM – 3:10 PM
Their music is absolutely rad – the ensemble explores a difficult language or is it simply a deeply strong accent?
Mary Halvorson: guitar; Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet; Jon Irabagon: alto saxophone; John Hébert: bass; Ches Smith: drums.
For a better understanding of this type of composition, I quote Taylor Ho Bynum, his composer:
“My goal, is not just to blur the lines between composition and improvisation (a long-time pursuit), but to try to upend the listeners’ expectations in other ways: circular melodies without beginnings or ends, disguised unisons and non-repetitive vamps, transitions that are simultaneously jarring and organic. Most importantly, I want to spotlight the striking individuality and virtuosity of all the players, albeit in a context where the needs of the ensemble reign supreme—a concerto for sextet, if you will.”
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet; Jim Hobbs: alto sax; Bill Lowe: bass trombone, tuba; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Ken Filiano: bass; Tomas Fujiwara: drums