Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Spring 2014 » Ned Rothenberg & Marty Ehrlich

FRESH SOUND in partnership with UCSD

The Loft
Price Center East, 4th Floor
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0077
La Jolla, CA 92093-0077
$15.00 / $10.00 students
7:30PM - Google Map - UCSD Walking Map to The Loft

Ned Rothenberg, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and shakuhachi New York
Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute New York

Two long time musical colleagues are joining forces for an evening of solo and duo music for woodwinds. A master of solo woodwind music presented internationally for over 30 years, Ned Rothenberg will present pieces for alto saxophone, clarinet, and the 5 holed Japanese bamboo flute known as shakuhachi. Marty Ehrlich will play "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" for clarinet, a solo work based on themes by Bob Dylan. Ehrlich and Rothenberg are each writing new duo works for for this rare shared performance. Expectations are for a sonic world both reflective and vigorous from these two celebrated woodwind artists.

Ned Rothenberg

Ned Rothenberg composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music which he has presented for over 30 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan. He has lead the ensembles Double Band, Power Lines and Sync (his current assemblage with Jerome Harris, acoustic guitar & acoustic bass guitar and Samir Chaterjee, tabla). Current and past cooperative partners include Evan Parker, Tony Buck, Sainkho Namtchylak, Masahiko Sato, Samm Bennett, Kazu Uchihashi and Paul Dresher. His playing has been featured in works by John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Steve Nieve (his opera ‘Welcome to the Voice’ alongside Sting and Elvis Costello), Marty Ehrlich and Bobby Previte. He's lived and worked in New York City since 1978.

"Ned Rothenberg's compendium of finely crafted pieces (Intervals) - one album devoted to alto saxophone and the other to clarinets and shakuhachi...spring from 20 years of practiced discipline and control of solo reed performance. Rothenberg pushes sonic and spatial barriers in these essays for winds, as he explores combinations of vacillating intervals and knotty melodic kernels, and balances evolving patterns with ripe arpeggios and colorful harmonics. These tautly structured pieces seem more stories than studies and the sounds he attains are fascinating to behold.
" - Fred Bouchard, Downbeat (****)

Marty Ehrlich

Marty Ehrlich is celebrating 30 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He began his musical career in St. Louis, Mo. while in high school, performing and recording with the Human Arts Ensemble. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with honors in 1977, where his teachers included George Russell, Jaki Byard, Joseph Allard, and Gunther Schuller. Since that time, he has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra. These groups include his Emergency Peace Ensemble, Traveler’s Tales Group, Rites Quartet, and the Marty Ehrlich Sextet. He has recorded a CD length work for 26 musicians entitled “The Long View”, and has two acclaimed recordings in Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series. As a multi-instrumentalist, passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has performed with a who’s who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Michael Formanek, Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Wayne Horvitz, Leroy Jenkins, Myra Melford, James Newton, Bobby Previte, Leo Smith, and John Zorn. He appears on over 100 recordings with these and other composers. Ehrlich has performed with the Chicago Symphony, The BBC Symphony, the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Chamber Society, and other classical ensembles. He is currently presenting a concert program for 12 musicians entitled “Julius Hemphill: A Composer Portrait.” His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, composition grants from Chamber Music America and NYFA, Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association, and a Distinguished Alumni award from NEC. He is currently Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.
The Village Voice has called Ehrlich “one of the most formidable multi-instrumentalists since Eric Dolphy… the dream jazz musician,”