KENNETH GREEN & DUSHUN MOSLEY | 7:30 PM EST
MARA ROSENBLOOM | 8:00 PM EST
Jason Kao HWang's HUMAN RITES TRIO | 8:30 PM EST
Friday, February 19TH
These performances are made possible with generous support from Luis Torregrosa and Alan Feller
Edgefest 24’s 5th virtual installment brings a triple bill that kicks off with the duo of Detroit-based Kenneth Green on piano and Chicago-based Dushun Mosley on Percussion. In the second set, Wisconsin-born Mara Rosenbloom, fulfills her description from All About Jazz as “a whole-hearted poet of the piano” with her own set. Rounding out the evening are the national artists that comprise the Human Rites Trio – Hwang and his longtime bandmates, Ken Filiano and Andrew Drury – who converse freely and eloquently in a musical language created together over years of collaboration.
In a time when most artists mirror others in both repertoire and style, Kenneth Green stands out as one of the most inspired and original pianist/composer on the contemporary music scene. With a career spanning more than 30 years, in his dedication to sonic improvisation and excellent karma, he has performed nationally and internationally with some of the stellar improvisational giants of the 21st century: Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Dr. Salim Washington, Douglas Ewart, Dr. Morris Lawrence, James Carter, Rod Hicks, Malachi Favors, Donald Washington, Fred Anderson, Don Moye, Faruq Z. Bey, Allan Barnes, Rafael Garrett, Edward Wilkerson, Harrison Bankhead and many others. Nominated “Outstanding Jazz Pianist” in the Detroit Metro Music awards, Kenneth was a founding member of the Creative Arts Collective. He now serves as the principal composer for the visual and ethereal Vizitors. In addition, he continues as executive and artistic director for the Cosmic Music Community. A regional collective of Afro Futurist Jazz musicians, whose focus and directive moves past that of entertainment to a mission of nourishment. Presenting resonant frequencies and vibratory rates conducive for sustaining life, healing, well-being and respect for all species. “To musically provide an engagement in the principles of community restoration, self-worth, healthy living and unity, is the objective of The Cosmic Music Community. Utilizing this high gift of music for effective and excellent living” states Green.
Pianist, composer, & bandleader Mara Rosenbloom has been called “a whole-hearted poet of the piano,” – she is a builder & a synthesist; a fiercely lyrical composer & improviser (All About Jazz).
Originally from Wisconsin, Rosenbloom has spent the past decade in New York City, creating a distinctive body of work and establishing herself as a vibrant and respected part of the city’s diverse network of jazz & improvised music communities. Following the release of Prairie Burn (Fresh Sound/New Talent), Rosenbloom’s debut trio release with bassist Sean Conly & drummer Chad Taylor, The New York Times cast a spotlight on Rosenbloom, heralding Prairie Burn as a “…a trio recording of bristling provocation and full-bore group improvising…her strongest statement as a bandleader and her most dauntless effort as a pianist.” The album received a rare 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine, earning it a spot on the Magazine’s Best Albums of 2017 list. New York Music Daily praised the album as “[Rosenbloom’s] quantum leap into greatness. An absolutely feral, largely improvisational suite…unbridled ferocity and a remarkable chemistry.” The following May, the trio made their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut, performing to a sold out house at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca-Cola. The following January, the group made a splash at New York City’s Winter Jazzfest, performing to a packed house, and receiving critical acclaim from Nate Chinen at WBGO, and The New York City Jazz Record.
This past year, Rosenbloom has been debuting a new ensemble, Flyways, featuring 2019 Van Lier Fellowship winner Anais Maviel (voice & surdo drum) & acclaimed bassist Rashaan Carter (Wallace Roney, Marc Carey, Cindy Blackman). The group’s premier work, “I know what I dreamed” sets the text of one of Adrienne Rich’s 21 Love Poems to melody, and extends it into a set length work, balancing composed narrative within a dynamic level of improvisation.
Prior to her work with both trios, Rosenbloom lead her long-running quartet with alto saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Nick Anderson – embarking on two US tours, performing monthly in New York, and releasing two albums to critical acclaim. Currently, in addition to her own projects, Rosenbloom recently recorded the music of William Parker on a new album of his compositions to be released Spring, 2019 & performed his tribute Blue Lime Light for Cecil Taylor, at Taylor’s Memorial Concert in 2018. Rosenbloom is also a member of Iconoclast American Jazz Drummer William Hooker’s Quartet MOON (feat: Jon Irabagon), Dawn Drake’s global funk ensemble ZapOte, which just returned from a 10 day International US Embassy Tour of Belize (performing workshops for children with special needs, community concerts, and outreach & exchange with local musicians), and continues to perform with a variety of musicians across genres, including Cooper-Moore, William Parker, Nioka Workman, Sam Newsome, Michael Wimberly, Vinny Golia, Ken Filiano, Ava Mendoza, Rosa Avila, Gerald Cleaver, Ras Moshe, Omar Tamez, Jeff Davis, Billy Mintz, Daniel Carter, and Anais Maviel. Her mentors at the piano include the incomparable Cooper-Moore, and the late great Connie Crothers.
Check out Mara’s music here: mararosenbloom.com/audio
The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent releases, Conjure, his duo with Karl Berger, and Blood, performed by Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments, have received critical acclaim. In 2019, 2018, 2013 and 2012, the El Intruso International Critics Poll voted him #1 for Violin/Viola. In 2017 Downbeat Magazine named his quintet Sing House as one of the best of the year. His 2015 CD Voice, which features vocalists Deanna Relyea and Tom Buckner received critical acclaim. Zilzal, his duets with Ayman Fanous, was named one of the Top CDs of 2014 by All About Jazz/ Italy. The 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll voted Mr. Hwang as Rising Star for Violin. The first Burning Bridge was one of the top CDs of 2012 by Jazziz and the Jazz Times. In 2011 he released Symphony of Souls performed by his improvising string orchestra, Spontaneous River. In 2010, the New York Jazz Record selected Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983 from a collective that was Mr. Hwang’s first band, as one the 2010 Reissued Recordings of the Year. His quartet EDGE released, EDGE (2006), Stories Before Within (2008), and Crossroads Unseen (2011), all of which appeared on many top ten of the year lists. His chamber opera The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was one of the Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005 by Opera News. As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NY Community Trust, NJSCA, NYSCA, US Artists International and others. As violinist, he has worked with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, Tomeka Reid, Patrick Brennan, Will Connell, Jr., Zen Matsuura, Oliver Lake, Adam Rudolph, Jerome Cooper and others.