7 pm: Igor Lumpert & Forma Viva;
Igor Lumpert- saxophones, accordion, Chris Dingman- vibes, Chris Tordini- double bass, Jose Davila- tuba, drums-TBA
Igor Lumpert is a Slovenian saxophonist and composer, currently living and working in NYC. His name is one of the most well-known/frequently alluded to names in the countries of Tito’s Ex Yugoslavia, now home to a thriving jazz scene, unfortunately badly known in the rest of the world. He returns to Happy Lucky no.1 with a new ambitious project "Forma Viva".
What makes Igor’s music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like
Jane Ira Bloom, Saxophonist/composer/Grammy winner
9PM: Jessica Pavone & Ava Mendoza
Jessica Pavone - viola, effects, Ava Mendoza - e-guitar
Ava Mendoza is a guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. She plays in many different rock and avant jazz settings, and in any context tries to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music.
She has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Nels Cline, To Live and Shave in LA, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Butch Morris, Weasel Walter, ROVA Sax Quartet, and more.
Jessica Pavona, (composer, viola, violin, el.bass) has performed in countless improvisation, avant jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to NYC in 2000.
As a composer, The Wire magazine praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special,” and The New York Times described her music as "distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear."
Pavone has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in venues ranging from international music festivals, universities, and art galleries, to community centers and basements. Her music has premiered in venues in New York City such as, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany. In 2011 she was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.” She has received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, New Music USA for her collaboration with choreographer, Anna Sperber, The Kitchen, MATA, The Jerome Foundation, The Tri-Centric Foundation, Experiments in Opera, and the chamber music collective, Till By Turning.
Pavone’s recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.
Ava Mendoza & Jessica Pavone