Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Feb 17 2017 8:00 PM


Ian Carey, trumpet
Kasey Knudsen, alto sax
Adam Shulman, piano
Fred Randolph, bass
Hamir Atwal, drums
Steven Lugerner, bass clarinet & bari sax

The music of the Ian Carey Quintet+1 is a fresh blend of swinging straight ahead jazz deeply influenced by the contrapuntal textures of modern chamber music. It aims to blur the lines between improvised and composed material in order to create an atmosphere of unpredictability and surprise, as well as to blend the spontaneity and swing of modern jazz with the dense harmony and counterpoint of Carey's favorite chamber composers, such as Hindemith and Stravinsky.

They'll be performing original works from their acclaimed CDs, including 2013's Roads & Codes (4-1/2 stars -Downbeat Magazine) and last year's Interview Music, featuring Carey's four-part suite commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

This line up includes two special guests: Hamir Atwal, who has performed with tUnEyArDs, Michael Formanek, Ben Goldberg, Joe Lovano, and Greg Osby , and multiple-woodwind specialist Steven Lugerner, who has performed with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Albert "Tootie" Heath, and whom the New York Times called "an impeccably trained multireedist."

Ian Carey is a trumpeter and composer who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz), and who has performed and recorded with a wide variety of ensembles in New York and the Bay Area including the Nathan Clevenger Group, Matt Small's Crushing Spiral Ensemble, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. An avid composer, he has led and written for his own Quintet+1 since 2003.
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