Junebug Festival at happylucky no.1 May 2 - 4, 2018
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May 2, 2018
This concert represents a coming together of three outstanding proponents of creative music. These are artists who also know each other’s playing intimately, but are playing as a trio for the first time.
Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph met as teens in a Chicago drum shop. For the past forty years, their love for rhythms and international music has taken them around the world, performing together with Fred Anderson, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, and others.
In 1974 Rudolph and Ned Rothenberg met at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Since then both have worked in Rudolph’s Moving Pictures ensemble and with other artists. It was not until 2016, with an invitation in Lodz Poland, that they performed as a duo. This was captured by the Polish Luchaj label in the album Full Circle. By adding Adam Rudolph, the title FULL CIRCLE is even more apt.
From left: Hamid Drake, Ned Rothenberg, and Adam Rudolph
Amirtha Kidambi - Elder Ones
Amirtha Kidambi: Vocals, harmonium, synthesizer, compositions; Matt Nelson: Soprano saxophone; Nick Dunston: Bass; Max Jaffe: Drums and sensory percussion
As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times, “the aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of gauge for how strong and flexible the scene of young musicians in New York’s improvised and experimental music world can be. At the center of it are drones and phonemes. The group’s leader, the composer and singer Amirtha Kidambi, holds forth behind a harmonium, the small keyboard instrument with hand-pumped bellows; it’s commonly used in bhajan, the Indian devotional-singing tradition that was central to her musical experience while growing up in a South Indian family.”
Amirtha Kidambi trained in classical music while singing works by avant-gardists like Nono and Stockhausen, but free jazz drew her toward a different path. The influence of Alice and John Coltrane is especially apparent on the new album, as is her work with composer and saxophonist Darius Jones, and her study of Carnatic music.
While in Darius Jones’s a cappella group, Kidambi developed a language for wordless vocals, a technique she uses throughout the album Holy Science. The music is anchored by bass-lines and the harmonium, often doubled on the bass by Nick Dunston. Matt Nelson on the saxophone evokes the sound of the Indian nadhaswaram. The playing of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders blends with her voice and the harmonium. Drummer Max Jaffe’s ability to pivot between complex grooves and explorative free-playing completes the equation.
The first piece composed in the suite was “Dvapara Yuga” began as a meditation on the death of Eric Garner, and recent compositions include lyrics to express themes of political resistance. The album title comes from a text by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, which explains the yugas, or eons of cosmic time in Hinduism. The four movements explore themes of creation, destruction, and rebirth, with the final movement pivoting to the Vishnu Sahasranam Vedic chant, and ending with the reset of the time cycle.
May 3, 2018
Jessica Pavone has performed in countless improvisation, avant-jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to New York in 2000. Pavone has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her music has premiered at Roulette and The Kitchen in New York City, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany.
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 is interested in the physicality of performing her instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, guitarist and composer Liberty Ellman has performed and recorded with a host of stand out creative artists including: Wadada Leo Smith, Butch Morris, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Myra Melford, Marty Ehrlich, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Amir ElSaafar, Nels Cline, Somi, Matana Roberts, Ledisi, JD Allen, Michele Rosewoman, Jason Moran and Mary Halverson.
Ellman is best known for his long tenure in Henry Threadgill's groundbreaking ensemble, Zooid. The group has recorded several albums, and their recent recording In For A Penny, In For A Pound earned a Pulitzer prize. Ellman has also released four of his own critically acclaimed albums: Orthodoxy, Tactiles, Ophiuchus Butterfly, and Radiate.
May 4, 2018
Igor Lumpert Quartet
Igor Lumpert: Saxophone and compositions; Rez Abassi: Guitar; Sean Conly: Bass; Drums: Jeff Davis
Born in 1975 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Igor Lumpert began his training at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. During this period, he was a member of the band Sidewinders. After completing his studies, Lumpert was invited by bassist Reggie Workman to study at the New School in New York, NY. He moved to New York in 2000.
He returns to happylucky no.1 with "Resistance of the Earth”. In 2011 Igor was commissioned to create a piece for a closure of the European Capital of Culture. With multimedia artist Zeljka Blaksic he created “Resistance of the Earth” which combines several artistic genres; from video, performance, 16 mm film to live music. The theme of the project covers the world of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Reggie Workman, Redi Fernández, and Ikue Mori Trio
Reggie Workman: Bass; Ikue Mori: Live electronics; Flute: Redi Fernández
Reggie Workman is a legendary bassist and has been playing since the 1950s. He was a member of the John Coltrane Quartet in 1961, and after this, Reggie became a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He also played with Yusef Late and Thelonious Monk. He is currently a part of a group called Trio 3 with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille. Workman is also an educator who has taught at institutions like the New School, University of Michigan, International academies with dance in Slovenia, workshops in Italy and Canada. He educates young pupils at MADLOM in Montclair, NJ. Reggie's former students are world renowned.
Ikue Mori is a percussionist, electronic musician and composer, and moved to New York in 1977. Mori formed the band DNA, and as a part of the early ‘80s New York scene, she worked with a number of artists and musicians. Presently, Mori uses her computer as her instrument of choice. Other current projects for Mori include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, and more.
Redi Fernández Acosta is a Cuban jazz flautist and composer currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. He has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, Jane Bunnett and Yasek Manzano. Since age 10, Fernández has been playing the flute, and in 2001 he developed an interest in jazz. He has since played with pianist Ramon Valle, the Obbdara jazz group, and Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis at Mella Theater in Havana.