Sunday, February 5, 2012
Places to Be on 2/18/12
On any given night, there is great music being created and played in and around big cities - for those of us in the Northeast US, just check out the offerings in New York City and Brooklyn.
Here's an interesting conundrum for the creative music fan in Connecticut. On February 18 of this year, you have to choose among 4 excellent shows.
Pictured on top of the post is the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (photo courtesy of Nuno Martins.) The 18-member ensemble is coming to the Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College for an 8 p.m. concert in the school's "Parallels Series." The music that composer/drummer Hollenbeck creates and/or arranges for his group ranges from hard-hitting, sprawling, pieces (often featuring voices moving in and around the instruments) to quieter, hypnotic works that suggest contemporary classical music. Vocalist Theo Bleckmann will be with the group for the concert and he brings such a wondrous quality to the music, whether it's a heartfelt ballad to wordless sounds in counterpoint to the horns and reeds. Clink on the link to a concert that the JHLE played last year at the rain-swept Newport Jazz Festival - www.npr.org/2011/08/08/139066457/newport-jazz-2011-john-hollenbeck-large-ensemble-live-in-concert - and you'll get a taste for just how great this music can be. For ticket information, go to events.amherst.edu/2012/02/18/4085/ or call 413-542-2195.
uncertaintymusic.com. To hear a sample of the duo's new CD, go to soundcloud.com/thirsty-ear-recordings/sets/mary-halvorson-jessica-pavone.
www.artscenterkillingworth.org/jazz2012.shtml to find out more. For more information about Eddie Allen, go to www.eddieallen.net. You can find out more about Alma Macbride by going to almamacbride.com.
www.buttonwood.org. To learn more about the work of Avery Sharpe, go to www.averysharpe.com - for Charles Neville, go to www.charlesnevillesite.com.