|SPONTANEOUS CONSTRUCTION: Reid Anderson / Andy Milne / Tyshawn Sorey
Spontaneous Construction Presented by Search & Restore is a series based on jazz's most important and distinctive element: improvisation. For each Friday night at 12:30am, ensembles are created from a pool of musicians ranging from up-and-coming to legendary, hand-picked to perform as a group for the first time. No rules or boundaries exist - the artists are free to create music on the spot as they see fit. After 30 years as one of the finest jazz club's in the world, the Spontaneous Construction Series brings back the feel of the old Blue Note Late Night Jam Sessions, but with a new and forward-thinking concept.
Reid Anderson, bass
Andy Milne, piano/keyboards
Matt Mitchell, fender rhodes
Tyshawn Sorey, drums
TONIGHT'S SPONTANEOUS CONSTRUCTION WILL FEATURE:
Reid Anderson is a bassist and composer originally from Minnesota. Anderson is best known for his work in The Bad Plus with pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. In 1998, Anderson and his trio (consisting of Iverson, Jorge Rossy, and Mark Turner) released the album Dirty Show Tunes to widespread critical and popular acclaim from the jazz community. A second album, Abolish Bad Architecture, was released a year later with Jeff Ballard replacing Rossy on drums. This album generated even more attention, and Ballard and Turner would eventually continue to create Fly, their own successful trio alongside The Bad Plus. In 2000, Anderson and a brand new group featuring Andrew D'Angelo, Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, and Marlon Browden released the album The Vastness of Space. This album was a departure from Anderson's earlier efforts in that it focused more on composition and less on improvisation. The album's simple, melodic tunes begin to foreshadow the genre-bending that would drive the underlying philosophy of The Bad Plus. Indeed, two tunes off The Vastness of Space would eventually become Bad Plus favorites: “Prehensile Dream” and “Silence Is the Question.” The musicians of The Bad Plus have played together since 1989; however, in 2003 Columbia Records released their major label debut These Are the Vistas, and the band has been gaining momentum ever since.
Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. A recipient of the New Works commission and the French-America Jazz Exchange grants from Chamber Music America in 2006, and voted “Rising Star Keyboardist” by Down Beat Magazine in 2004, Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. His highly recognizable group Dapp Theory blends funk, hip-hop and jazz with seamless precision. Their current release, Layers of Chance [ObliqSound/Contrology - 2008], features fresh compositions by Milne that blend various instrumental textures, infectious grooves, layered with lush harmonies and poignant lyrics. Milne’s latest collaboration, Crystal Magnets, pairs him with long-time friend, French pianist Benoît Delbecq. Their debut CD Where is Pannonica? [Songlines - 2009] uses the sonic landscape of the 5.0 surround sound format for inspiration.
Tyshawn Sorey (b. Newark, N.J., 1980) is an active composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. As a percussionist, trombonist, and pianist, Tyshawn has performed and/or recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Michele Rosewoman, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, and Billy Bang, among many others. His recent music has focused on concepts derived from the music of Morton Feldman and Zen Buddhism; using these models for interpreting determinate music that act as principal generators for the discovery of ideas. Sorey received his B.M. (2004) in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University. He has received commissions from Van Lier Fellowship and Roulette Intermedium, most recently for a multi-chapter work in progress entitled “Wu-Wei,” recently premiered in its' entirety at The Stone in New York City, where he served as curator-in-residence, in August 2009.
ABOUT SEARCH & RESTORE:
Search & Restore is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and developing the audience for new jazz music. Founded by Adam Schatz in 2007, S&R does anything and everything to spread the incredible music being made in New York City at this very moment, driven by creative melodic approach and incredible improvisers, through concert presentation (including the Winter Jazzfest & Undead Jazzfest) and web development (SearchAndRestore.com). In December, they successfully raised $75,000 through Kickstarter to spend 2011 filming over 200 concerts throughout the city and building artist pages for every musician filmed, creating the first content-based site to focus on new jazz, and a true point of discovery for new and current fans alike. So….get ready for that.