Claudia Quintet (feat. Matt Mitchell)

Presented by Inside the Whale

Claudia Quintet (feat. Matt Mitchell)

Theo Bleckmann, Håkon Kornstad

Thu, March 31, 2011

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

$10 in advance, $12 at the door *** Show starts at 8:30PM sharp!

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Claudia Quintet (feat. Matt Mitchell)
Claudia Quintet (feat. Matt Mitchell)
" of the most characterful small jazz groups of recent times." – The Guardian

"The references span from surf rock, to chamber jazz to hyperarticulate “acoustica” club beats, all rendered with exquisite precision and heedless abandon...there are too many moments of brilliance to list here..." – JazzTimes

"...a chamber band that has tickled the ears of adventurous listeners for a decade with its deft blend of improvised jazz solos, run-on, minimalist figures that gradually shift shape and color, and unusual instrumentation." – Downbeat

2010 saw the the long-awaited fifth release, Royal Toast, by this wonderful and undefinable ensemble. Led by twice Grammy-nominated drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, who The Village Voice called, "...superb, technically ingenious... passionate and serious, but also playful and funny...", the band features four other versatile and acclaimed players: Drew Gress (bass), Matt Moran (vibes), Red Wieranga (accordion) and Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), all of whom are bandleaders in their own right in addition to their work with Claudia.

For this show at Littlefield, Claudia Quintet will be joined by Matt Mitchell on piano.
Theo Bleckmann
Theo Bleckmann
A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, GRAMMY NOMINATED and ECHO award recipient Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (AllAboutJazz), “limitless” (Citypaper, Philadelphia) “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine).

Bleckmann has released a series of gorgeous and irreverent albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, of Berlin Kabarett, and of popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda), a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody), and his new acoustic Solos for Voice “I dwell in possibility”.

Bleckmann has additionally collaborated with musicians and composers, including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for fifteen years.

He has recently been interview by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Letterman show with Laurie Anderson.
Håkon Kornstad
Håkon Kornstad
Saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has enjoyed critical praise not only for his performance technique and emotional intelligence, but also for his willingness to experiment in a wide range of different expressive moods. Combining soundscapes and percussive beats and layers with a melodic sensibility, there's always been a sense of awe when listening to his recordings. In his newest offering, Dwell Time (Jazzland, 2009), we are again presented with his well-honed musicality, but this time the performances are all his own, in a scaled-down setting. It is a solo effort in every sense of the word.....

In eight pieces we are offered a variety of expressions. From Still One, which seems to convey a reflective solitude, to the cool hipness of Oslo and the aptly titled Noir, Kornstad astounds us with his ability to masterfully grasp a spectrum of emotional output through his tenor sax, bass sax, flutonette, flute, in addition to his live looping. Recorded in the Sofienberg Church in Oslo, the album is produced by Kornstad as well.....

"When I recorded Single Engine in 2007, I was eager to show variety," Kornstad states. "With Dwell Time it's different. I simply wanted to get into one mood, dwell on it, and hit the record button. Insert the expression 'free improvisation' here if you like: the music was created there and then, and without overdubbing or serious editing. The Sofienberg Church in Oslo provides some excellent and inspiring acoustics, and this album is the result of a couple of nights there in January, followed by a serious cull of many of the little darlings. Enjoy the survived ones here.

".... Known also for his critically-praised work with such concepts and other artists as Wibutee, Bugge Wesseltoft, Sidsel Endresen, Eivind Aarset, Havard Wiik, Ingebrigt Haker flaten and Anja Garbarek, his numerous recordings have consistently been recognized for his masterful musicianship. Dwell Time follows up 2007's first solo effort of Single Engine (Jazzland), and after that album's warm reception he now sets upon a new path in a more measured musical landscape.....

Atmospheric and at times romantically haunting, Dwell Time requires the listener to enter an almost meditative state in which Kornstad's tonalities begin to paint their own dimension. It is a step into contemplation, where the aggressiveness of past musical ventures has been tempered with a solid maturity. Spend some time with Kornstad's music, and you'll understand why.