Friday, November 30th, 2012

Crossovers » Michael Dessen Trio

Space 4 Art
325 15th between J and K
San Diego
$15.00 and $10.00 students
Parking is easy - on the street and at $3.00 parking lots very nearby.

Michael Dessen, trombone;
Dan Weiss, drums
Chris Tordini, Bass.

Featuring Michael Dessen on trombone and live electronics along with renowned NYC-based musicians Chris Tordini (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums), this unique ensemble blends polyrhythmic flow and intricate compositions with adventurous improvisation and spacious soundscapes. For this concert, the trio will premiere a new work, Resonating Abstractions, that was commissioned by Chamber Music America's "New Jazz Works" program, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Resonating Abstractions is based on work by seven contemporary visual artists as well as on broader questions surrounding the nature and practice of abstraction.

"[Forget The Pixel] is the trio's second album, and it sounds like the work of a gigging band.... These guys don't just play together-they're playing. This playfulness, as much as their fluid negotiations of Dessen's jagged rhythms and elaborate melodies, is the spoonful of sugar that make these rigorous improvisations go down easy."
- DOWNBEAT, Bill Meyer

"It's fascinating work by an exceptional group of musicians, at times combining the cheery openness of song with a sense of underlying tectonic mystery."

"Dessen's music is so fresh and innovative that there are few precedents with which to compare it.... The enthusiastic audience erupted with supportive whistles, shouts and sustained applause. A stunning example of creative, adventurous music, utterly devoid of cliché, stretching even the frontiers of free jazz beyond recognition."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Robert Bush

Michael Dessen

Michael Dessen is a composer-improviser who performs on the slide trombone and computer. His music has received critical acclaim in numerous jazz and contemporary music publications, and recorded on labels such as Clean Feed, Cuneiform, and Circumvention. Active in a variety of ensembles as leader or collaborator, he creates music for improvisers and engages new technologies of telepresence and digital networking. Based in California, Dessen has collaborated with Mark Dresser, Myra Melford, Joshua White, Cosmologic and many others, and has also released two albums of original compositions with his New York-based trio that features Dan Weiss and Chris Tordini. His teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he has also been schooled through extensive freelance experiences ranging from salsa bands to avant-garde new music ensembles. In 2006, he joined the music faculty of the University of California, Irvine, where he recently co-founded a new MFA emphasis in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT).

Dan Weiss

Praised by the New York Times as one of "five drummers to watch," drummer and composer Dan Weiss has received extensive critical acclaim for his innovative contributions to contemporary jazz, including his unique integration of practices from Indian music traditions. A mainstay on the international jazz touring circuit, Weiss has performed with Rudresh Mahanthappa, David Binney, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Chris Potter, and numerous other renowned artists. He is also active as a composer, and has produced five recordings under his own name, including the recent releases Jhaptal Drumset Solo (Chhandayan, 2011) and his trio album, Timshel (Sunnyside Records, 2010). Weiss has performed at the world's top jazz festivals, and in addition to the drumset, he is a student of the tabla, which he studies with his guru Samir Chatterjee. He holds a degree in jazz percussion and classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music, and has taught at the Banff Centre, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, the Manhattan School of Music, and many others.

Christopher Tordini

Christopher Tordini is an in-demand bassist in the NYC music scene. He can currently be seen playing with the Becca Stevens Band, Andy Milne's "Dapp Theory", Tyshawn Sorey's "Oblique", the Michael Dessen trio, and Ilusha Tsinadze's "Mother Tongue". His own band, named "Tiger Blood", can be seen playing at various venues around New York. Christopher also co-leads the I.E. trio with Michael Pinto and Tommy Crane.
He is also a collaborator in projects with Tyshawn Sorey and Michael Dessen. A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Tordini forged strong professional relationships with several faculty members there, including Rory Stuart and George Garzone, with whom he continues to collaborate. Recently, Tordini has performed and recorded with prominent bandleaders such as Steve Lehman, Okkyung Lee, Jo-Yu Chen, Mike Pinto, Andrew D'Angelo, Jim Black, and Yaron Herman. He has played at New York City's most prestigious jazz venues, including the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, the Jazz Gallery and the Stone, among many others