CREATIVE DIFFERENCES presents
MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO
Matthew Shipp - piano,Michael Bisio - bass,Whit Dickey - drums
2640 St Paul St,Baltimore MD 21201
$12 - doors
The Matthew Shipp Trio is one of the most compelling jazz trios around. Iconoclast Henry Rollins writes about longtime friend Shipp “It is listening to Matthew Shipp’s work that has always been a reminder to me that real jazz music, no matter how refined or complex it can be, relies primarily on guts.”
DownBeat hailed the trio’s Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear, 2011) as “a monumental work that befits a musician who deserves a place of choice in the jazz piano pantheon.”
Matthew Shipp has played piano since he was 5 years old. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with saxophonist Joe Maneri and cut his teeth working with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware and bassist William Parker. Shipp holds two enduring label relationships with Hatology and Thirsty Ear, where he also serves as curator and director of the label’s Blue Series.
Michael Bisio invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. As a recording artist, he appears on over 60 CDs. As a composer, he has been recognized with nine project grants from various arts organizations; in 2003, he was awarded a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.
Whit Dickey is a uniquely gifted drummer, perhaps best known for his collaborations with David S. Ware and Shipp. A composer as well as a drummer, Dickey has reached new heights in his music with a recent coterie of great musicians, including alto saxophonist Rob Brown. He has performed with Shipp since 1991 and continues to play and record with Roy Campbell Jr., Mat Maneri, Chris Lightcap and many others
SUNDAY 12 MAY
SECRET KEEPER: Stephan Crump - acoustic bass & Mary Halvorson - guitar
Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar & Dave Ballou - trumpet
@ CREATIVE ALLIANCE at The Patterson Theater
3134 Eastern Avenue,Baltimore, MD
$15/10 students and members - doors
Secret Keeper is a duo project co-led by instrumentalists/composers Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson. The performances feature both previously-composed pieces as well as spontaneous compositions.
Two leading figures in Baltimore's fertile creative music community, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and Dave Ballou on trumpet, will open the evening with an improvised duo performance.
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew, Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Marc Ribot, Tom Rainey and Matthew Welch among others.
Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (NY Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his six critically acclaimed albums as leader, the latest of which, Reclamation, by his all-string Rosetta Trio, has been lauded by The New Yorker for its “ingenious originals”, named one of the year’s best by NPR and declared “a low-key marvel” by JazzTimes. Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released two recordings documenting his duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney.
“A laboratory for two of the most inventive string players working today…luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with architectural savvy…” – Jim Macnie