CREATIVE DIFFERENCES presents
Iain Ballamy - saxophones / electronics
Thomas Strønen - drums / percussion/ electronics / video
SUNDAY JANUARY 25 @ 5PM.
THE WINDUP SPACE
12 W.North Ave,Baltimore MD 21201
$15/10 students w.ID
doors at 4.30pm.
Do not miss this unique duo.Combing Jazz,improvisation and state of the art electronics and visuals.
“Contemporary music through and through, driven by a rhythmic urgency and mix of acoustic and electronic sound that could only be happening now” - The GuardianUK
Since its first concert in 1998 this groundbreaking group has toured internationally making thought provoking improvised music of great depth, texture and beauty and have defined a new kind of lyrical electro-acoustic improvisation. Iain Ballamy (saxophones/electronics) and Norwegian Thomas Strønen (drums/percussion/electronics) use sound, space, and contrast to produce ever-changing moods. By combining acoustic elements including bells, blocks, gongs and lyrical saxophone, the music is enhanced and tempered with live sampling and drums generating atmospheres ranging from minimalist to turbulent.
Lately, Food has worked with artists such as trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz and Indian sitar/vocalist Prakash Sontakke. Food is touring in support of their 8th album out later this year on ECM.
Saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy is internationally recognised as an original, freethinking and uncompromising musician.His work is eclectic, contemporary and un-encumbered by formality and tradition.
Transcending musical genres and forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, notably Scandinavia, Iain has worked with many of the cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.
The group Food which he co-formed with drummer, composer and electronics wizard Thomas Stronen is now signed to ECM records. They celebrated their seventh release in November 2012, featuring Christian Fennesz, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset and Prakash Sontakke.
Ballamy leads the Anorak quartet featuring Gareth Williams on piano and continues to tour and record with the virtuoso Norwegian button accordionist Stian Carstensen as a duo known as The Little Radio.
The trio Quercus, which Ballamy co-leads with pianist Huw Warren, features the legendary folk singer June Tabor. Quercus will release their first CD for ECM in March 2013.
Highlights of a career spanning nearly 30 years include working with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka college of percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Guy Chambers, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth, and many more.
Ballamy is a consultant tutor at The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Thomas Strønen was born in Bergen (Dec. 7th, 1972) but grew up in the small village Åsgårdstrand, most known for where Edvard Munch painted Scream. He started playing drums at the age of 5 and got into jazz and improvisation once he turned 12.He has studied jazz and composition at the University and Conservatory (NTNU) of Trondheim for six years and has worked professionally since 1999.
Known for more then sixty-five record- releases on prestigious labels like ECM and Rune Grammofon, Strønen has recorded and toured the world with musicians such as John Taylor, Nils Petter Molvær, Christian Fennesz, Sidsel Endresen, Jim O ́Rourke, Bobo Stenson and Koichi Makigami.
Thomas Strønen has composed for film, theatre, dance and performances for The Norwegian National Opera, NRK, and BBC among others. In 2012 he was commissioned to compose the signatures for Norway’s new concert hall Kilden in Kristiansand.
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