Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun
Warming Up the EdgeAt the UMMA
This is a free event.
- Mark Kirschenmann, trumpet/electric trumpet
- Stephen Rush, keyboards
- Patrick Booth, tenor/soprano saxophones
- Tim Flood, electric bass
- Jeremy Edwards, drums
- Dan Piccolo, percussion
- Jonathan Edwards, electric guitar
Mark Kirschenmann's Big Fun plays the electric music of Miles Davis, including material from In A Silent Way, Big Fun, On the Corner, Get Up With It, and Tutu.
This performance is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation in honor of Maurice and Linda Binkow on the occasion of her 80th birthday and their 60th wedding anniversary.
This concert is a part of the Warming Up The Edge series leading up to Kerrytown Concert House's Edgefest festival of creative music in celebration of the festival's 20th anniversary.
Mark Kirschenmann, PhD, whose pioneering live electric trumpet performances are internationally acclaimed, is a composer, performer and scholar of creative improvisation. He is also the creative force behind the band E3Q (blockmrecords.org), an eclectic jazz-influenced trio with his wife, cellist Katri Ervamaa and percussionist Michael Gould. Most recently, he released the solo album entitled This Electric Trumpet (sonikmannrecords.com), recorded with the Nashville-based electronica duo Sub-ID (BFF, 1320records.com), and appeared with pianist Thollem McDonas, bassist Henry Grimes, flutist Nicole Mitchell, cornetist Rob Mazurek’s Sao Paulo Underground, saxophonists Oliver Lake and Arthur Blythe, and pianist Iiro Rantala of Trio Töykeät.
As a composer and writer, Mark explores the confluence of composition and improvisation. He has published articles on Messiaen’s use of improvisation as a compositional technique, and on new approaches to melodic jazz improvisation. He is on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he shares his time between the School of Music (Jazz) and the Residential College, a liberal arts living-learning community. He also directs UM’s Creative Arts Orchestra, an innovative, creative improvisation ensemble, and the Michigan Youth Jazz Ensemble. Mark holds Ph.D. degrees in composition and music theory from the University of Michigan, and lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife and their three children.
Stephen Rush is a professor at the University of Michigan, where he has taught for 28 years. He earned a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music and studied with third-stream pioneer Gunther Schuller, David Liptak and Samuel Adler. He teaches courses in Music Composition, Theory, Technology, Jazz, and Dance. He also directs the highly successful experiential course called Creative Process, UARTS 250/550, annually offered to 80 all-campus undergraduate students, with faculty from Architecture, Engineering, Art and Design, and Music/Dance. Rush’s extensive compositional output includes five operas, chamber music (some of which is standard repertory), orchestra work and over 150 scores for dancers. His compositions have been recorded and performed worldwide by the Warsaw and Detroit Symphonies and members of the New York and Cleveland Philharmonics, and recently, classical ensembles in Spain, Korea, and Switzerland. As a performer, Rush has presented his multi-media work in Japan, Europe (Florence, Berlin, and Budapest, etc.), Latin America, and India. He has over 30 CD’s to his credit ranging from electronic experimental music, orchestra performances, chamber music, and jazz. Rush is the director of the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) at the University of Michigan. With DME, Rush has premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass, and LaMonte Young, and has recorded with Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros and “Blue” Gene Tyranny. DME is widely known for its site-specific work, “Gypsy Pond Music”, which is performed annually at the University of Michigan and elsewhere. Stephen Rush works frequently as a jazz musician, performing with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, the late Peter Kowald, and his own New York-based-trio Yuganaut, with Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann. His new book, Better Get It In Your Soul, discusses radical approaches to church liturgy, and is under contract with RogueArts in Paris, to complete and collaborate with Jazz legend Ornette Coleman on their theories of improvisation and social justice. He has studied South Indian Classical vocal music for twenty years with Sharada Kumar (Ann Arbor), Sashi Kumar (Varanasi, India) and Kamala Rajalakshmi (Mysore, India). For the last seven years he has taken a dozen students to India for one month in the summer to study Classical Indian Dance and Music, as well as Yoga, Philosophy and Sociology. His work in this area is recognized internationally, including frequent requests to speak about Indian Music and Culture in the U.S. and in India, with an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the International Peace Conference in Mysore, India, 2011. He also has an interesting side-career, having publicly interviewed such varied luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Ravi Shankar, LaMonte Young, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ornette Coleman, the Kronos Quartet, and revered Swami Chinmayananda.
Patrick Booth is a young saxophonist, composer, and educator currently living in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, after graduating from the University of Michigan. He regularly performs around the Midwest in different configurations of musicians while co-leading groups based in Grand Rapids (MOODS) Toronto (Sonic Perfume) Washington DC (StraightHORN) and New York City (Gumshoe) while also performing in Big Fun, an exploration into the electric period of Miles Davis, and Kirsten Carey's Ulysses Project. Some of his mentors and teachers include David Liebman, Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Bishop, and Ellen Rowe. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, while also leading a strong recording schedule. He has two records out as a leader, many as a sideman, and several scheduled releases for 2016.
Tim Flood is a bassist and composer based in Ann Arbor, MI. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with artists such as Uri Caine, Frank Lowe, Hank Roberts, Roswell Rudd and many others. His original electronic compositions and mixed-media installations have been shown at venues such as The Detroit Institute of the Arts, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Space, and the Sync '05 Digital Art Festival. Tim recently completed a Masters Degree in Media Arts from the University of Michigan.
Jeremy Edwards is a drummer/percussionist, recording engineer, composer and educator working in a variety of musical genres. He received a bachelors degree in music technology and percussion and a masters degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan. Jeremy has actively toured the United States and Canada performing original music and continues to perform locally with rock, jazz and experimental music groups. Jeremy works for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance as a music and multimedia computer specialist.
Dan Piccolo is a drummer, percussionist and composer. He has performed, taught, and studied internationally during his twenty-year professional career. Dan holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and during his Master's studies in U of M's Jazz Department he focused on improvisation. He has studied concert percussion with Michael Udow, Salvatore Rabbio, Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, among others, and his drum set and jazz teachers have included Michael Gould, Steve Curry, and Geri Allen. Dan is also skilled in several types of hand percussion, having studied frame drumming with Jamey Haddad and tabla with Pandit Kuber Nath Mishra in multiple visits to Varanasi, India. A grant from the University of Michigan’s International Institute funded the first of these visits, and he returned to Varanasi in the winter of 2015 thanks to an award from the Presser Foundation. An additional award from U of M’s International Institute made it possible for Dan to begin formal studies of West African music in Ghana in the summer of 2014. Dan’s performance credits include a wide range of musical settings. He has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, and others, and as a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States. His active performance schedule has earned him invitations to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the annual conference of the International Society for Improvised Music. For six years Dan was the drummer with Nomo, with whom he toured internationally and recorded three albums for Ubiquity Records. Dan has also toured as a member of Cloud Nine Music, His Name is Alive, Saturday Looks Good to Me, and others. Locally, Dan performs regularly with symphony orchestras, rock bands, Indian classical music ensembles, jazz combos and big bands. He is currently a member of the Mark Stone Trio, a group that draws on diverse influences including American jazz, African mbira and marimba music, the classical traditions of North and South India, and European concert music. Dan is also active as a composer, writing and arranging music for and featuring percussion instruments. In April 2010 the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble premiered Dan’s first major work for Percussion Ensemble, “PTA,” which features tabla, drum set, and optional electronics soloists. Dan has a number of works for percussion soloists as well as ensembles of varying sizes and configurations. In addition to his busy professional schedule, Dr. Piccolo is an active educator, teaching all percussion instruments in private and classroom settings. He has presented workshops and masterclasses at universities throughout the United States, and has twice been selected as a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dan spent six years as the coordinator of the percussion program at Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School, during which time the school was twice named a Grammy Signature School. In 2015 Dr. Piccolo was appointed a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin's College of Fine Arts.
Jonathan Edwards attended Indiana University's School of Music for classical guitar performance, where he studied with internationally acclaimed guitarist and EMI recording artist Ernesto Bitetti, and Yugoslavian guitarist Petar Jankovic. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2011, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Performance from EMU. Jonathan has studied guitar for 22 years, performing in groups ranging from jazz ensembles to touring rock bands. He recorded two albums with the Detroit rock band The Silent Years, voted Spin Magazine’s “Underground Artist of the Year”. While a member of this band he co-wrote several songs that appeared on major network television shows on the ABC and MTV networks. He has since written and recorded two albums with the Ann Arbor based band Skeleton Birds and more recently completed an album of solo music under the name Keeper of the Peace. He currently is teaching at Eastern Michigan University in the guitar department, Siena Heights University and privately.