Ingrid Laubrock, Stephan Crump & Cory Smythe Ingrid Laubrock, Stephan Crump & Cory Smythe

Mon

9/24/2018

8:00pm

Edge

Ingrid Laubrock, Stephan Crump & Cory Smythe

Warming Up the Edge

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  • Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones
  • Stephan Crump, bass
  • Cory Smythe, piano

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Ingrid Laubrock

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds.

She worked with: Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richards Abrams, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates’ Human Chain, The Continuum Ensemble, Wet Ink and many others.

Laubrock's main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Septet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include Paradoxical Frog, Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo and Crump/Smythe/Laubrock. She is a member of Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces and Luc Ex’ Assemblée. She was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.

Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize, the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award, Downbeat Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Soprano Sxaophone (2015) and Rising Star Tenor Saxophone (2018)

Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for Jazz Quintet and dancers (Covent Garden Opera 2006), Nonet Music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, Octet for SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011, Echo for SZOctet (A L'Arme Festival 2015) and chamber orchestra pieces Vogelfrei (ACO/Tricentric Foundation 2014) and Contemporary Chaos Practices (moers festival 2017) and Chants II (Wet Ink 2018).

Laubrock was Improviser in Residence 2012 in the German city Moers. The post is created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools.

Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, CalArts, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Baruch College, University of Michigan, University of Newcastle and many others.

Stephan Crump

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader and composer, he has released ten critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. As bassist, known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation.

Shunning barriers of genre, Crump has performed and recorded with a diverse range of musicians, from Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, to Patti Austin, Jim Campilongo, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, Sonny Fortune, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. Currently, he can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio and Sextet, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Trio, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Sextet, Secret Keeper (with Mary Halvorson), his own Rosetta Trio, as well as groups with Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe, Eric McPherson, Mat Maneri, and Okkyung Lee.

Stephan comes from a family of architects, sculptors, painters, storytellers, musicians, civic leaders, and craftsmen. He was raised in music and the arts by his Parisian mother, an amateur pianist, and his Memphian father, an architect, painter, and jazz drummer. After six years of classical piano study and two years with the alto saxophone, he got his first bass guitar at age thirteen and spent his high school years playing in rock and funk bands around Memphis. During the summers, he worked in the studio of his uncle, Stephen, a wood sculptor.

Crump received his Bachelor of Music degree from Amherst College, where he studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlin and was awarded the Sundquist Prize for performance and composition. It was at Amherst that he began his acoustic bass journey, with a focus on classical training that culminated in a year of study in Paris with Gary Karr-protégé Patrick Hardouineau. His jazz studies at Amherst included work with Max Roach, Frank Foster, and Ray Drummond.

Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released several recordings documenting his duo collaborations with alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, pianist James Carney, and guitarist Mary Halvorson. His all-string Rosetta Trio, with Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman, is working toward their fourth album, while and his Rhombal quartet, with Tyshawn Sorey, Ellery Eskelin, and Adam O’Farrill, recently released its eponymous debut.

Stephan is an enthusiastic endorser of Velvet strings, Aguilar bass amplifiers, AMT acoustic bass microphones, and David Gage Czech Ease travel bass.

Cory Smythe

Pianist Cory Smythe has worked actively with pioneering artists in new, improvisatory, and classical music, including drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey, violinist Hilary Hahn, and multidisciplinary composers from Anthony Braxton to Zosha Di Castri. He has been featured at the Newport Jazz, Wien Modern, Nordic Music Days, Approximation, Takts, and Darmstadt festivals, as well as at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, where he was recently invited to premiere new work created in collaboration with trumpeter Peter Evans and pianist Craig Taborn. He has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia, garnering praise for “the ferocity and finesse of his technique” (Washington Post).

His newest album A U T O TROPHS, called “dazzling” by the Chicago Reader, comprises original pieces for piano and electronics and features guest appearances by saxophonist Steve Lehman. Smythe’s first record Pluripotent was praised by pianist Jason Moran, who called it “hands down one of the best solo recordings I’ve ever heard”. Upcoming releases include new work with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and bassist Stephan Crump, an album of duets with Peter Evans, a recording of the piano music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and a new project of original music, made possible by a grant from the Shifting Foundation, featuring guitarist Dan Lippel and vocalist Sofia Jernberg. Alongside Ms. Hahn, Smythe was the recipient of a Grammy award for the double-disc In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores.

Smythe is a longtime member of the New York based International Contemporary Ensemble. He has contributed to and collaborated in the construction of numerous new works, including recent world premieres of solo piano music by composer John Zorn. Smythe has been a featured guest and/or soloist with the Boston-based Firebird and Radius ensembles, Milwaukee’s Present Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. He plays regularly in Tyshawn Sorey’s Alloy Trio, whose weeklong residency at the Village Vanguard was listed in a 2015 roundup of “Best U.S. Culture” in The Guardian.  

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