Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 8:00p -
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge St-Inman Sq
Cambridge, MA - Massachusetts 02139
Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts
The Creative Music Series presents from New York on tour
at the Lilypad Inman Sq., Cambridge
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 8:00PM
The Tom Rainey Trio
Tom Rainey, Drums, Mary Halvorson (Native of Boston), Guitar, Ingrid Laubrock, Saxophones
Adventurous, Intimate, Cohesive…An Abstract Truth
Over more than 20 years, Rainey has quietly become a prolific musician, playing on about 75 recordings and gigging constantly. This Trio, Together, they make a refreshing new and not so sentimental kind evocative of beautiful music: momentum, nuances and dynamic ranges.
While Rainey's, time-morphing and occasionally implosive drumming plays a central role in the musical materiality here, his trio is very much an integrated ensemble. The commanding component parts are critical to the vibe and behavioral manner and conversational of the whole. Laubrock is a saxophonist of unusual textural sensitivity and intellectual savvy, who can summon up proper deposits of abandon, knowing restraint and sly references to jazz' past in the midst of her purely improvisational explorations. Halvorson, one of the important "avant-jazz" guitarists of her generation, takes the abstracting and deconstructionist influence of, say, Derek Bailey into account in her playing, but has come up with her own way of melding that free-styling painterliness with shards of line and sonics - including tasteful deployment of effects units, a well-placed vibrato effect, ring modulation or distortion blast adding to the range and contemporary relevance of what she does. He released his own first album, Pool School (Clean Feed), in 2010.
Tom Rainey, born 1957 in Santa Barbara, California. After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has played with luminaries such as Tim Berne, and also with Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and so many more. A prolific session musician, he has appeared on close to eighty recordings over a career spanning over 25 years.
“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility and when he plays the smell of invention is in the air”
Joseph Woodard, L.A Times
One of improvised music’s most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, growing up in Brookline, MA., following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. After three years of study with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson became an active member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet. To date, she appears on six of Mr. Braxton’s recordings. Ms. Halvorson has also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot, in his bands Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians, and with the bassist Trevor Dunn in his Trio-Convulsant. Over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, and Mike Reed.
As a bandleader and composer, one of Ms. Halvorson’s primary outlets is her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith and quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon to the trio. Most recently she has added two additional band members—tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trombonist Jacob Garchik. Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a longstanding chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper.
“One of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise” (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal)
The Philadelphia City Paper‘s Shaun Brady adds, “Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style.”
“Captivating music from this hugely inventive bandleader, a genuinely exciting face in the creative music scene…the writing has great range and originality, and Halvorson’s precise, hardscrabble guitar playing is just plain bad-ass.”
-John Corbett, DownBeat Magazine
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK. She has 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 and many others.
Ingrid's main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Septet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include Paradoxical Frog and Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo. 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. Ingrid 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 and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for jazz quintet and dancers (2006), Nonet music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011 and "Vogelfrei", a piece for chamber orchestra (ACO/Tricentric Foundation).
“Nice to hear I made it into the 2015 Downbeat Annual Critics Poll - #1 in the Rising Star category for soprano and #4 for tenor saxophone”.
Ingrid 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.
…confirms Laubrock as a weighty new presence in creative jazz.
The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from Out-of-State, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area. My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished and even unknown musicians to Boston. CMS has now also begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.