Kirsten Carey’s Uruboros Sextet





Kirsten Carey’s Uruboros Sextet



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  • Kirsten Carey, guitar
  • Andrew Bishop, saxophone
  • Molly Jones, saxophone
  • Ben Willis, bass
  • Jonathan Taylor, percussion

Event Details

Times and dates of performances are subject to change.

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Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Kirsten Carey

Kirsten Carey is a guitarist, composer, and performer. She was raised in Chicago, IL and, after two years in Los Angeles, presently resides in Detroit, MI. Her primary projects include the angular no-wave duo Throwaway, the classical-rock-improv Uruboros Sextet, solodoom project Shima, metal / avant-garde classical hybrid Motherfish, and the Ulysses Project - a suite based on James Joyce's novel that combines free jazz, rock, and theater. Carey's work plays with the boundary between music and the more theatrical and presentational aspects of performance, and constantly tampers with the idea of "genre."

Carey was a resident artist at the 2018 Co-Incidence Festival in Boston, MA, attended the 2018 Banff Jazz & Creative Music Workshop, and has been a featured performer at the International Society of Improvised Music Conference. Her composition "Sasquatch / Happening" is featured on Clean Feed Record's solo guitar compilation I Never Meta Guitar III, curated by celebrated guitarist Elliott Sharp. Carey's projects have opened for Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson / Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara), and she has shared the stage with Elliott Sharp, Andrew Bishop, Wadada Leo Smith, Thollem McDonas, James Ilgenfritz, and Karl Berger, among others. Her energetic performance with Roman Stolyar, Weasel Walter, and Dominique Duval was acclaimed by the New York Jazz Record.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop is a versatile saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. Dave Lynch of All Media Guide wrote, “A composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber music, Bishop combines a jazzman’s fire and flow with a rigorous compositional sensibility, resulting in a potent and highly satisfying blend.” He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an associate professor and chair of University of Michigan Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He studied jazz and improvised music with David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Fowler, Dave Liebman, Craig Owens, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Reggie Workman; saxophone with Jean Lansing and Donald Sinta; and composition with William Albright, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Walter Mays. Bishop earned five degrees in music, including a DMA in music composition from U-M; two MM degrees in music composition and improvisation from U-M; and two BM in theory-composition and saxophone performance from Wichita State University. He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.

Molly Jones

Molly Jones has played with musicians including Saul Williams, Nicole Mitchell, Robert Ashley, Jaribu Shahid, Tyshawn Sorey, Ed Sarath, Kei Akagi, Paul de Jong, Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Bishop, Douglas Ewart, Joo Won Park, Elliott Sharp, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Marion Hayden, Verdant Vibes ensemble, and many friends in Detroit and Cleveland.

Her septet album Microliths was nominated for Debut Album 2017 in NPR's Jazz Critics' Poll. She is currently working on a duo album with bassist Betsy Soukup, a multi-city sound installation using stickers, and an opera-ballet with her new performance company Untoward Co. She belongs to Polyfold musical arts collective, Rhyta Musik Balkan brass band, Gabriel Brass Band, Hotline Strings contradance band, Jon Taylor's Mover, Darrin James' funk band Disaster Relief, Neal Anderson Quintet, Kirsten Carey's Uruberos Sextet, and electronic trio ParkJonesKoi.

Ben Willis

Ben Willis is a bassist, improviser, and composer. His omnivorous approach to music has led him to perform alongside members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Wolf Eyes, and the Violent Femmes. An avid collaborator, he has often worked with movement and multimedia artists in experiential performances. He is currently working as a composer/performer with Detroit-based immersive theater troupe Nerve. In the past, he has developed original work for Madison, WI’s Cycropia and Li Chiao-Ping dance companies, and collaborated on a video piece with legendary dancer Sally Gross and video artist Doug Rosenberg. Over the past several years, he has distilled hours of bass improvisations into a set of solo double bass pieces. In 2015, he self-released these pieces as the album Egret/Flatlander, and presented them at the International Society of Bassists New Music Summit, curated by Mark Dresser. Though the summer and fall of 2016, he was an Artist in Residence through Spread Art @detroit contemporary, where he focused on developing new solo and ensemble works.

He is a member of the Wisconsin-based band Lovely Socialite, and the Detroit-based band Saajtak, as well as working, recording, and performing as a sideman and collaborator with dozens of artists. He was an Artist in Residence at Ann Arbor's University Musical Society for the 2015-2016 season, and has presented his original work at the International Society of Improvised Music, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Electronic Music Midwest, and as a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. He earned his BM from University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied bass with Richard Davis, and his MM from University of Michigan, where he studied bass and chamber music with Diana Gannett and Robert Hurst, Improvisation with Ed Sarath and Mark Kirschenmann, and composition with Andrew Bishop. 

Jonathan Taylor

Jon Taylor is a Detroit-based drummer, Percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator. He is a Founding member of Polyfold, a musical arts collective, and regular collaborator in Detroit’s creative arts community. He participates in some dozen original projects, including the Avant-Rock quartet Saajtak, the multi-media sound and movement ensemble Legs, the electro-acoustic duo Says Things, and the improvised trio Lanula, featuring Detroit stalwarts Marcus Elliot and Betsy Soukup, which uses nature-based contemplative practices to enrich its acoustic improvisations. He has performed with luminaries of creative music, including Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Michael Formanek, and Jaribu Shahid and been featured at Edgefest, The DC Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery in New York, ArtPrize, and Indy Fringefest. He studied at the 2013 Banff International Jazz Workshop, led by pianist Vijay Iyer, and represented the Univserity of Michigan at the 2014 International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Jon Maintains a rigorous practice in Indian Classical Music, specifically on Tabla, having made several trips to varanasi, india to study with Sri Souma kanti Mukerjee, disciple of chhote lal Misra, the late master of benares gharana. He earned his BFA from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Sean Dobbins, and Evan Chambers.