EDGEFEST 26: BREATHING FREE
Thursday, october 20th, 2022
At Kerrytown Concert House
COVID-19 Policy for Edgefest 2022
- Masks are required indoors, except when actively consuming a beverage.
- Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
7 PM | Kenji Lee's fortune Teller Trio
Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and bassist Kenji Lee was born in Tokyo and raised in California, where he studied for many years with bassist and educator Roger Shew and after high school attended the University of Michigan Jazz Studies department. Having graduated, at age 24 Lee has begun to carve a distinct lane for himself as a composer-improviser “beyond his years” (Orange County Register). Currently a resident of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Kenji performs frequently in different contexts, leading Sakura – a creative music ensemble featuring string quartet, with Juarez-Lee-Alvarez – a chordless trio, and with Pauljams – a hip/hop electronic duo. Kenji has also worked as a sideman in many groups including Davy Lazar’s Antigoat, with soul musicians, and has performed with Wayne Horvitz, Robert Hurst, Marion Hayden, Andrew Bishop, Jeff Pedraz, and Roger Shew, among others. Lee’s latest ensemble, The Fortune Teller Trio, described as a “power trio” (SEMJA), synthesizes material from varying idioms to provide the groundwork for creative expression. The group’s debut recording, Kyūdō, is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
8 PM | William Hooker Trio
Drummer, composer, and poet William Hooker has created works that range from jazz and “new” music to experimental genres. Originally from Connecticut, he moved to San Francisco, where he transitioned from playing standard jazz to free forms. He has released over 60 CDs as a leader. Hooker’s work is frequently grounded in a narrative context; whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. He has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, as well as colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia, and many more. Among the myriad musicians he has played with, one could mention Billy Bang, David S. Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, and Jason Kao Hwang.
9 PM | Double Duo: Ken Filiano, bass and Jay Clayton, singer
Double Duo’s performance is generously sponsored by Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project.
Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project was created to honor the life and legacy of the great improvising pianist Connie Crothers. A virtuosic improviser and composer with a truly original sound, powerfully committed to honest self-expression, her importance in the world of improvised music cannot be overstated. Connie forged her own path, living her life just as she played the piano: intensely, fearlessly, lovingly. A true artist, she was never l, ss than completely present, and those who were fortunate enough to perform with her, to study with her, to share music, food, and conversation with her were inspired to extend the limits of their own creativity. “Deep Friendship,” the title of one of her compositions and of a Connie Crothers Quartet recording, is an apt expression of her approach to life and music. “When we create music, it’s always from love” (Connie Crothers).
Ken Filiano is a bassist, composer, improviser, and teacher who performs around the world, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless imagination. A “creative virtuoso” (JazzValley), Ken has performed and recorded with a veritable Who’s Who in multiple genres, from Anthony Braxton to Pablo Ziegler. In addition to being an integral member of groups led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Kao Hwang, Fay Victor, Vinny Golia, Diane Moser, Roswell Rudd, Connie Crothers, Karl Berger, and others, he leads two quartets: Quantum Entanglements and Baudolino’s Dilemma and is also co-leader of The Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo and numerous other ensembles. His extensive discography includes the solo CD, Subvenire and Quantum Entanglements’ Dreams from a Clown Car. Ken teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, has a private bass studio, and is a Guiding Artist and Advisor at Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY.
10 PM | MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO
This performance is generously sponsored by Frank Rubolino.
Pianist Matthew Shipp has carved out a versatile career as one of the most innovative stylists on his instrument in contemporary music. He first came to prominence as a member of tenor saxophonist William S. Ware’s highly regarded quartet, beginning in 1989, with which he toured the world for seventeen years. Shipp has thrived in closely interactive contexts, most often in duos and trios, with many longstanding relationships, most significantly with tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, with whom he has released almost forty duo recordings since 1996. While always forward-looking, he has a keen knowledge of jazz history and sometimes reimagines the past, most recently restructuring the classic piano trio (and their first recording 30 years ago) on the just released Village Mothership, a collaboration with William Parker and Whit Dickey, and on Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1, which came out last month, with Parker and Francisco Mela. At the same time, he has developed his own take on the solo piano recital, one that reveals a style that is both emotionally exuberant and cerebral at the same time, laced with intellectual rigor, high energy, romanticism, and sly humor. Unabashedly modern and open to all kinds of music, he has studied and absorbed much of the pianistic jazz tradition – what he refers to as vibration — while managing to sound like no one else.