Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Improvisations" Series at RAW

Stephen Haynes, he of the expressive cornet and trumpet, and Joe Morris, guitarist, bassist and now author (see below), are the catalyst behind the fine "Improvisations" series held on a regular basis (monthly) at Real Art Ways, 55 Arbor Street in Hartford.

On Saturday September 15, the new "season" begins with the dynamic bassist Mark Dresser joining Mrs. Haynes and Morris for an evening of musical explorations.  The program opens at 7 p.m. with a solo set by Dresser, who has been a mainstay of the international creative music scene for 3 decades.  He's worked with Professor Anthony Braxton, saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Dave Douglas and has co-leads several ensembles including Trio M (with Myra Melford and Matt Wilson) and Mauger (with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Gerry Hemingway.)  Dresser has issued a number of CDs as a leader, has composed scores for dance and digital artists and is known for his fearless sonic experimentation.

After intermission, Haynes and Morris will join Dresser in a freely improvised set.  For more information, go to or call 860-232-1006.

As stated above, Joe Morris is now an author.  "Perpetual Frontiers: The Properties of Free Music" (self-published) blends Morris's approach to creating "new" music with observations from a good number of musicians including Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark and others. Yet, it's not a book just for musicians - a close reading of should help listeners better understand how musicians "create" (and, for that fact, how musicians listen.)

For more information, go to - you can order the book or just read more about it.

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