Sunday, February 17th, 2013 at 7:30pm
8pm - Set One: Mazz Swift - Violin Works~~~
Original compositions, improvisations and meditations for electric and acoustic violins, electronics and voice
This evening I'll be premiering a new work I'm calling "Blue Blood". I will also improvise a tribute to Butch Morris*, who recently passed away. Also included in the program will be "The Desert Can Be Lush", which was commissioned by Neues Kabarett** and enjoyed its world premiere at the Brecht Forum in October, 2012.
10pm - Set Two: HOME (Swift, Kalmanovitch and Hughes play violin, viola and cello...and sing)
HOME is a collective trio with violinist Mazz Swift (Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin, Burnt Sugar, MazzMuse), violist Tanya Kalmanovitch (Myra Melford, Turtle Island String Quartet) and cellist Marika Hughes (Charming Hostess, 2 Foot Yard). We first met as students at the Juilliard School in the early 1990s, but each followed a very different path to our reunion in New York City some 15 years later. Tonight’s performance will trace some of those pathways, while blurring old lines between chamber music, experimental music, pop and jazz. Performing original songs, works by Charles Mingus and Anthony Braxton, Art Songs, folk songs, and African American spirituals.
*Butch Morris was the father of the system of hand and baton signals and gestures known as conduction (conducted improvisation) and is the reason why I play violin the way I do today. The band I often play with, Burnt Sugar, utilizes this system and is the school of hard (and soft) knocks in which I found my voice through improvisation. I do believe if it weren't for Butch, there'd be no Burnt Sugar - and if it weren't for Burnt Sugar, there'd be no MazzMuzik quite like we know it today. My life and music are richer for having worked with him and I am eternally grateful for his massive contribution to the advancement of creative music in the world.
**Made possible by a grant from the Argosy Foundation
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