Stephen Rush NAKED DANCE!




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Stephen Rush NAKED DANCE!

LP and DVD release concert for Dark Matters

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Stephen Rush, composer/piano
  • Jeremy Edwards, percussion
  • Andrew Bishop, saxophone/clarinet/flute

Event Details

Steve Rush and Jeremy Edwards present the culminating CD from their project Naked Dance!, with special guest Andrew Bishop.  The eponymously named "chamber jazz" genre as Rush describes it, is an often overlooked corner of the new music world developed out of the 1960's Third Stream movement.  The music of Jimmy Guiffre provided the impetus for this new project from Naked Dance!, combining clarinets (soprano and bass), piano, and drums, with a flavoring of children’s toys, courtesy of pianist Stephen Rush. The ensemble brings a classical sensibility to the language of Free Jazz

This performance is made possible in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

View a video from their record release of Naked Dance in 2011!

Stephen Rush

Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he works with students from music, dance, art, and engineering as the director of the Digital Music Ensemble.  Rush has had premieres on five continents, and has released over 20 CD’s, as well as a book on Jazz theology called Better Get It In Your Soul.

Rush has premiered and recorded his music with major orchestras and performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, his band “Yuganaut“, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and the late Peter Kowald.

Jeremy Edwards

Jeremy Edwards is a drummer/percussionist, recording engineer, composer and educator working in a variety of musical genres. He received bachelors degrees in Music Technology and Percussion performance and the Master of Music 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.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute), composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in a wide array of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bishop earned five degrees in music, including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Bishop’s two recordings as a leader, Time and Imaginary Time and the Hank Williams Project, received widespread acclaim from The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, The Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz-New York, All About Jazz-Los Angeles, and The Detroit Free Press, among others. He leads a variety of projects including a jazz trio Bishop/Cleaver/Flood, a broadminded roots chamber ensemble, Andrew Bishop’s Hank Williams Project, a mainstream jazz group the Andrew Bishop Quartet, and a global blues project called Blue Origami.

Bishop has recorded over 30 compact discs as a sideman and regularly performs as a member of Gerald Cleaver’s Violet Hour and Uncle June, the Ellen Rowe Quartet, the Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble, Phil Ogilive’s Rhythm Kings, and the contemporary concert music group Opus 21. As a composer and arranger, Bishop has received over 20 commissions from professional organizations and universities and numerous residencies. He has also received recognition and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.