[members-announce] The New Reed Quartet to Appear at Witches Brew on March 2nd

Rozanne Levine rozmark@bellatlantic.net
Tue, 11 Feb 2003 17:33:19 -0500

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2003


PERRY ROBINSON =AD Clarinet, Sopranino clarinet, Ocarina

MARK WHITECAGE =AD Alto saxophone, Clarinet

ROZANNE LEVINE =AD Clarinet, Alto clarinet, Bamboo flute

MATT SNYDER =AD Clarinet, Bass clarinet

When:  Sunday, March 2nd
Where:  Witches Brew, 311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY
Time:  6:00PM
Suggested Donation:  $15
For further information:  telephone 516-489-WITCH
Also on the bill:  Who Knows? with Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage and Richi=

THE NEW REED QUARTET is an alliance of old friends discovering a new sound.

The group had its genesis one afternoon not long after the attack on the
World Trade Center. As shell-shocked as the rest of the city, clarinetists
and friends Perry Robinson and Matt Snyder tried that day to work out some
of their feelings in music, and an intense improvisational jam led to the
idea that they form a band together. Robinson, who had mentored Snyder for
over a decade, suggested a partnership with the duo of Mark Whitecage and
Rozanne Levine, bringing together long-standing working and personal
relationships. Perry and Mark first met in 1967 and in the ensuing years
have performed and recorded with Gunter Hampel and with each other=B9s groups=
Mark and Rozanne have been producing music together for many years, both as
a duo and in larger projects. All four musicians bring to the project a
wealth of musical and personal experiences, which are described below. As
for the group, The New Reed Quartet is young and still realizing its
freewheeling, intimate sound. It finds immense joy in its telepathic
improvisations, but is also exploring compositions by Thelonious Monk and b=
members of the quartet.

For over four decades, PERRY ROBINSON has been the sui generis master of th=
clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music.  Early in his career he was a
sideman with Tete Montoliu, and he has since worked with some of the world=B9=
best musicians, including the Brubeck Family, Gunter Hampel, Henry Grimes,
Bill Dixon, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Badal Roy, John Carter=
Anthony Braxton, Mark Whitecage, Pete Seeger and George Clinton. He has bee=
a mainstay of Burton Greene=B9s Klezmokum and of Lou Grassi=B9s Po Band, which
has recorded with Marshall Allen and Joseph Jarman on CIMP. His own trio
Raga Roni, featuring Badal Roy and Ed Schuller, released its debut disc las=
year on Geetika Records. Robinson also performed on William Parker=B9s trio
recording Bob=B9s Pink Cadillac in 2002 on Eremite. The Perry Robinson
Quartet, featuring pianist Christoph Adams, bassist Ed Schuller and drummer
Ernst Bier, has just released its fourth CD, Still Traveling, on West Wind

Saxophonist/clarinetist MARK WHITECAGE is internationally known as a
dynamic, ceaselessly inventive instrumentalist and composer in jazz and new
music.  He leads a number of acoustic and acousto/electronic ensembles as
well as performing as a soloist in Europe, Canada and the United States.
Whitecage has several award-winning recordings on CIMP and GM Recordings,
including a series of CDs release on Acoustics, the label he co-directs wit=
Rozanne Levine.  Acoustics has just released No Respect -
Duval/Rosen/Whitecage featuring his touring trio, and a solo album, Ducks o=
Acid, which highlights Mark=B9s electronic explorations.  Mark has performed
and recorded with some of the leading artists of our time, including Jeanne
Lee, Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Tomas
Ulrich, Steve Swell, Marshall Allen, Sabir Mateen and Saheb Sarbib.

ROZANNE LEVINE began performing with William and Patricia Nicholson Parker=B9=
Centering Music/Dance Ensemble during the late 1970=B9s, and was a founding
member of the Parkers=B9 New York-based Improvisers Collective in 1993. Durin=
the 1990=B9s Rozanne formed the Clarinet Choir, Crystal Clarinets, and her
present ensemble, Chakra Tuning. She has also performed with Anthony
Braxton, Jason Kao Hwang, Jackson Krall, Theo Jorgensmann, Blaise Siwula,
Chris Kelsey, Steve  Swell, and Mark Whitecage. Levine has appeared in Nick
Mathis=B9s annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz concerts and has been a staple
of various clarinet choirs.  She is working on the debut CDs of Chakra
Tuning and RoMarkable, her duo with Mark Whitecage.

Clarinetist/saxophonist MATT SNYDER has performed and recorded with Mike
Longo=B9s New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble (appearing on the band=B9s CA=
CDs Explosion and Aftermath) and co-led the quintet Type II, which produced
the CD Flexible Plan.  He also plays with The Nick Clemons Band (son of =B3Bi=
Man=B2 Clarence Clemons), the Stan Rubin Orchestra (one of the best swing
bands in New York), and New Jersey=B9s blues stalwarts, The Fins. Matt has
also performed chamber music by the composer Mary Lloyd-Butler and music by
the songwriter Adam Bernstein. He often plays at clubs, recording studios
and synagogues in Manhattan, and he studied with Ted Dunbar, David Baker,
Mike Longo, reedman Danny Bank and the clarinetists James Campbell and Perr=
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Press contact:
Rozanne Levine
311 Liberty Avenue, #2
Jersey City, New Jersey  07307-4417
Tel/Fax:  +1-201-798-2166
E-Mail:  rozmark@bellatlantic.net

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