https://www.creativemusicseries.com/ Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts 02472
Innovation, Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts
The Creative Music Series is pleased to present
Forbes Graham, trumpet, lap top
Yedidyah Syd Smart, drums, percussion – our special guest now from NY
Jacob William, bass
The New Sounds of Trumpet", NPR August, 2010: "There are hidden secrets in the horn and a host of musical linguists uncovering new languages...FORBES GRAHAM doesn't ignore it. He embraces the blue note and turns it "magenta haze." The Boston-area improviser sputters and attacks the trumpet with shark-attack notes before letting out a haunting whistled horn like a meditative Don Cherry, or a gruffled stutter like a duck being strangled".
“For more than 50 years, Syd Smart has been a hidden gem in the Boston music scene; hidden, that is, unless you know where to look. Smart is a master percussionist who has carved out his own unique niche teaching and playing improvisational music that could be labeled free jazz or world music”. The Arts Fuse.
“… bassist Jacob William is the revelation of the album, Secondary Deviations, since no matter how good his frontline is, his open rhythmic pulse drives them on, slows them down, sets the tone and scene, like a solid and supple backbone that keeps the music focused and coherent”. Transientones.com
Forbes Graham is a composer, musician, sound artist, and visual artist whose work explores themes of simultaneity, perceptibility, transformation and collage. His work "Encounters I" for trumpet, electronics, and voices premiered at Roulette in 2019. He performed with Michael Pisaro at (the) co-incidence festival in 2017 and has appeared at other music festivals including High Zero, Vision, and The Thing InThe Spring. He was commissioned to write a piece for the Festival of New Trumpet, and has created work for the avant-rock ensemble Normal Love.
Graham is the creator and producer of "Beyond/Apex", a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to showcasing contemporary and experimental music. To date, this show has featured the works of over 100 composers and creatives, ranging from emerging artists such as Cecilia López and Claire Rousay to more established artists like George Lewis.