Dafnis Prieto and his new book A World of Rhythmic Possibilities are featured in the November issue of Down Beat. Next summer, the 2011 MacArthur Fellow will launch his most ambitious undertaking yet, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, with his longstanding sextet at the core plus select A-list New York musicians. He started a fundraising campaign for the Big Band’s debut recording, to be entitled Tribute, which will also feature prominent special guests, including some of his early mentors (formal announcement forthcoming.)
Edward Simon’s new trio release Latin American Songbook was praised by NPR and Down Beat. His new CMA commissioned work, House of Numbers, for jazz quartet and chamber ensemble, was premiered in September by Afinidad and Imani Winds at the Brubeck Institute and Western Michigan University.
Liberty Ellman, voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in Down Beat’s 2016 Critics Poll, was lauded by The New York Times for his band Supercell’s performance at the BRIC Jazz Festival in Brooklyn last weekend.
Myra Melford was invited by Wynton Marsalis to join the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to perform her composition The Strawberry, arranged by orchestra Ted Nash, in New York and Oakland last month. Her quintet Snowy Egret (with Liberty Ellman) will tour in Europe in the coming weeks and perform at the Frankfurt and Berlin Jazz Festivals. On November 19, she will present her multi-media project Language of Dreams at Cal Performances/UC Berkeley where she is a music professor.
Rotem Sivan, the incredibly gifted Israeli-born guitarist and songwriter, just finalized his newest, 4th, album, Antidote. To be released in early 2017, it features his trio with bassist Haggai Milo Cohen and drummer Colin Stranahan on 10 original compositions, plus special guest vocalist Gracie Terzian on a fresh and unique arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The trio’s next New York performance is on October 28 at Rockwood Music Hall.
On the heels of a Mid-West tour, the young brass quartet The Westerlies celebrates the release of its sophomore album on October 18 at Roulette in Brooklyn. The 17-track double-CD features original music from each member of the ensemble captured in vivid sonic detail by Grammy-winning producer Jesse Lewis (Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Brooklyn Rider, LA Phil). It has already garnered praise from NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Reader. The Westerlies perform without sheet music, allowing a direct connection to the audience that is all too rare in the chamber music world.
Yosvany Terry, the virtuoso Cuban-American saxophonist, and French pianist Baptiste Trotignon introduced their Ancestral Memories Quartet to American audiences last fall. With support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s French-American Jazz Exchange program (FAJE), the quartet, with bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Jeff Tain Watts, will tour again in the 2017/18 season. Fee subsidies through the FAJE program will be available to non-profit concert presenters in the eligible Mid Atlantic region.
2017/18 ARTIST TOURING ROSTER
Si o Si Quartet
Trio: Latin American Songbook
Afinidad & Imani Winds: House of Numbers
LIBERTY ELLMAN’S SUPERCELL
Live score for Buster Keaton’s silent classic The General (formal announcement forthcoming.)
Language of Dreams
Circuit Rider w/Bill Frisell & Brian Blade
ROTEM SIVAN TRIO
Ancestral Memories Quartet w/Baptiste Trotignon
Afro-Cuban Roots “Ye-Dé-Gbé”