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Piano Trio: Jil Christensen, David Menestres, Will Redman and solo set by The Paul Swest

March 19th, 2023 7pm – 9pm | Tickets: $15


About the composers:Will Redman is a composer, percussionist, and educator based in Baltimore, MD. His acoustic compositions employ confounding extensions and extrapolations of traditional music notation in order to elicit radical interpretation by the performers. His electronic compositions navigate the lines between acoustic instruments, analog electronics and computers. Will’s music has appeared in books on modern music, such as Notations 21 (cover image), Music After the Fall, and A Semiotic Approach to Open Notations, as well as music and poetry journals, doctoral theses, and grade school arts textbooks in Brazil and Lithuania. Will spent a fair amount of time in music school studying composition with the likes of Stuart Saunders Smith and Michael Finnissy. These days he plays in Microkingdom, The Compositions, and Umbilicus, and corrupts young musical minds while teaching music technology and composition at Towson University. www.willredman.comStephen Paul Motian (March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later was a regular in pianist Keith Jarrett’s band for about a decade (c. 1967–1976). Motian began his career as a bandleader in the early 1970s. Perhaps his two most notable groups were a longstanding trio of guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, and the Electric Bebop Band where he worked mostly with younger musicians on interpretations of bebop standards.Piano Trio will be performing pieces from his song book.

About the performers:Jil Christensen is an improvisational pianist, synthesist, composer and performer, with deep roots planted in the grounds of organic and synthesized sound.Raised in Massachusetts and Vermont, higher educated at Bard, studied with the magic minds of composition and electronic music such as Richard Teitelbaum, DIck Higgins, Wadada Leo Smith, German Diez, and Joan Tower. By approaching music as sound first rather than immediately categorizing it into stylistic quadrants, Christensen has developed a magnificent flexibility that has led to working with an extraordinarily varied list of cohorts including Big Freedia, Polyorchard, and Dougie Bowne, and performances at Moogfest, Big Ears, Hopscotch, {Re}HAPPENING, Red Bull Music Academy, American Dance Festival, NADA, and Fruit Farm Film Festival.

Jil is also the founder and president of Day One Relief, a North Carolina based relief organization that provides logistics and supply chain to BIPOC communities with a focus on the hardest to reach. By building capacity within pre-existing community networks, in areas that are prone to disaster, more resiliency is built into these networks to respond before, during and after a storm rather than have to rely on and wait for larger agencies.

https://jilchristensen.bandcamp.com/David Menestres is a double bassist, improvisor, composer, radio host, and writer. For the last ten years he’s been the leader of Polyorchard. For the last twenty-three he’s been collaborating with Eugene Chadbourne. His bass playing has been described as “seductive” (The Wire) and his music as “something akin to staring an abyss in the face – and taking the plunge – full on, head first into annihilation” (FreeJazzBlog).

https://davidmenestres.com/The Paul Swest is a musical project created by artist/musician Charles Chace. He produces multi-instrumental improvised works with the use of multi-track recording. His solo sets consist of improvised guitar based on his composed works.