Avram Fefer, by Peter Gannushkin
Avram Fefer / Michael Bisio Duo
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $5 Student
- Avram Fefer, reeds
- Michael Bisio, bass
Bassist Michael Bisio and reed player Avram Fefer have been playing together off and on for 25 years, including numerous tours and recordings. Their musical rapport is unmistakable and readily apparent from the moment they take the stage together. They have a rare combination of deep traditional jazz roots, expressive facility in free improvisation, and well-developed, powerful voices on their respective instruments. They bring all of this to the stage every time they play, but it is especially evident when they meet in the intimacy of a duo setting. Joy, adventure, and soulful intelligence are in abundance as they join forces to create sophisticated, swinging, and lyrical versions of both standard and original repertoire.
Avram Fefer is a New York-based composer, improviser, bandleader and player of multiple woodwinds. He has appeared on eleven albums as a leader, many more as a sideman, and has performed in clubs and festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East. He has many long-term musical associations, including with Bobby Few, Chad Taylor, Eric Revis, Michael Bisio, Greg Tate, and the bands Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Big Picture Holiday, and Rivers on Mars. He enjoys making music in almost any setting that focuses on interaction and creativity, resulting in a wide variety of genre-crossing collaboration --- including with painters, poets, dancers, and sound designers, as well as film, television, and theater productions. In 2012 he initiated the Resonant Sculpture Project, a long-term international series of solo musical interactions with the large-scale works of iconic sculptor Richard Serra.
Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty five recordings in his discography, twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes : "The physicality of Mr. Bisio's bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;..."
As a composer Michael has been awarded nine grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship Collaborators include Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen.
"Like Shipp, bassist Bisio projected a larger-than-life sound that nonetheless conveyed a dark tonal beauty. His bowed solos, particularly one that quoted "My One and Only Love," suggested a burnished lyricism one sooner associates with the cello." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“Listen to how contrabassist Michael Bisio interacts with it all. He adds so much in a monsterously good way. The deeply flushed tone, the unexpected or reconfirming note choices, the way he can walk or be that "second horn", the impeccable touch and in-the-moment thrust, all that is here in a fantastic way." - gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com
"His distinctive approach features an enormous sound, warm and woody; impeccable classical bowing technique; a soulful, moody feel for the blues and swing; and a bevy of extended techniques." - Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times
"The fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect Bisio ends the piece with an absolutely jaw-dropping solo." - Bill Tilland, BBC Review
"The interplay was uncanny with bassist Michael Bisio fine-tuned to every move, and delivering the first-set highlight, a resonant and thumping solo that ended as a bowed bass elegy themed on Coltrane’s “Naima”. " Mike Hobart, Financial Times