Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Focus on New York » Ben Goldberg

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.

Premiere performance, ever, in the history of the world: Ben Goldberg (San Francisco), clarinets; Jeff Parker (Chicago), electric guitar; and Ches Smith (New York), drums, playing Goldberg's new compositions. He has been composing up a storm, both for his new group Ben Goldberg School, and getting ready for the world premiere of his Orphic Machine, based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman – commissioned by Chamber Music America

Ben Goldberg

Clarinetist / Composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. In addition to composing for and playing in his new band Ben Goldberg School, he performs in the following groups: Go Home with Charlie Hunter, Ellery Eskelin, Ron Miles, and Scott Amendola, “A searching ensemble that welcomes lyrical improvisation while embracing the groove.” (The New Yorker); Tin Hat; plays Monk; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; Clarinet Thing; and Afterlife Music Radio, an electro-acoustic quartet. Ben’s group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ben was named #1 Rising Star Clarinet in the 2011 Downbeat Critics’ Poll. Recent awards include a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission, and commissions from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the French American Cultural Exchange, the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Jeff Parker

JEFF PARKER (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, 4/4/67) is a guitarist, composer, educator, and sculptor of sonic textures. Since 1990, he has focused on being adaptable in musical environments that are constantly changing; he is an improvising musician. Recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists, his music is characterized by ideas of angularity and logic. He works in a variety of mediums, from Jazz to contemporary music, using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental music. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract. His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 35 years of playing the guitar.

A longtime member of the band Tortoise, he is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground. A look at his work as a sideman offers a glimpse into Mr. Parker’s diversity. This list includes but is not limited to: Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Charles Earland, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Douglas, Fred Anderson, Nels Cline, Ken Vandermark, Matana Roberts, Bill Dixon, Nicole Mitchell, Tom Zé, Taylor Ho Bynum, George Lewis, Meshell Ndegeocello and Brian Blade. Currently he has been focusing on solitary work and solo performance – to cultivate and establish an idiosyncratic relationship between electronic and acoustic compositional properties in music. http://www.jeffparkersounds.com/

"Jeff Parker is arguably the most exciting and thoughtful jazz guitarist of the past two decades, a masterful free improviser who's also fluent in everything from postbop to postrock." -- Chicago Reader

"Guitarist Jeff Parker’s performance sounded like a collision of Grant Green’s crisp tone and James Blood Ulmer’s vocabulary. But Parker, probably best known as a member of the post-rock band Tortoise, has absorbed so many styles and worked in so many situations that he really comes across as an individual with vast roots." -- Jazz Times Magazine

Ches Smith

Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer/educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant’s first “assignments” for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (wtih Nels Cline Singers’ Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Xiu Xiu, Tim Berne's Los Totopos and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Jandek, Terry Riley, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Nels Cline. He also leads a quartet called These Arches (with Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, and Andrea Parkins), and a solo percussion project called Congs for Brums. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.