[members-announce] The New Reed Quartet at 55 Bar, NYC, Sunday, January 25, 2004

Rozanne Levine rozmark at bellatlantic.net
Tue Jan 6 12:04:43 EST 2004



THE NEW REED QUARTET

PERRY ROBINSON ­ Clarinet, Eb Sopranino Clarinet, Ocarina

MARK WHITECAGE ­ Alto saxophone, Clarinet

ROZANNE LEVINE ­ Clarinet, Alto clarinet, Bamboo flute

MATT SNYDER ­ Clarinet, Bass clarinet




When:  Sunday, January 25, 2004

Where:  55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street (between Waverly Place and Seventh
Avenue South), NYC

Time:  9:30PM

Admission:  $10 cover charge

Information:   telephone - 212-929-9883, websites ­
http://www.ejn.it/mus/whitecage.htm, http://www.55bar.com


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

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 evolving and still realizing its freewheeling, intimate sound.
They find immense joy in their telepathic improvisations, but are also
exploring compositions by Thelonious Monk and by members of the quartet.
Recent appearances include The Uptown in Kingston, NY; Witches Brew in Long
Island, NY; and the Avant Jazz & Other Musics series at CBGB¹s Lounge in New
York City.

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 other¹s groups.
Mark and Rozanne have been producing music together for many years, both as
a duo and in larger projects.

For over four decades, PERRY ROBINSON has been the sui generis master of the
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 world¹s
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
been a mainstay of Burton Greene¹s Klezmokum and of Lou Grassi¹s Po Band,
which has recorded with Marshall Allen, John Tchicai and Joseph Jarman on
CIMP.  His own trio Raga Roni, featuring Badal Roy and Ed Schuller, released
its debut disc last year on Geetika Records. Robinson also performed on
William Parker¹s trio recording Bob¹s 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 records.

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 CD releases on Acoustics, the label he co-directs with
Rozanne Levine.  Acoustics recemtly released No Respect -
Duval/Rosen/Whitecage featuring his touring trio, and a solo album, Ducks on
Acid, which highlights Mark¹s 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 Parker¹s
Centering Music/Dance Ensemble during the late 1970¹s, and was a founding
member of the Parkers¹ New York-based Improvisers Collective in the
mid-1990¹s. While performing with various Collective ensembles, Rozanne
formed the Clarinet Choir and Crystal Clarinets which evolved into her
present ensemble, Chakra Tuning.  She has performed with Anthony Braxton,
Jason Kao Hwang, Jackson Krall, Theo Jorgensmann, Blaise Siwula, Chris
Kelsey, Steve  Swell, and for three decades with Mark Whitecage.  Levine has
appeared in Nick Mathis¹s 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 touring duo with Mark Whitecage.

Clarinetist/saxophonist MATT SNYDER has performed and recorded with Mike
Longo¹s New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble (appearing on the band¹s CAP
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 ³Big
Man² Clarence Clemons), the Stan Rubin Orchestra (one of the best swing
bands in New York), and New Jersey¹s 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 Perry
Robinson.

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Press and booking contact for further information, interviews and photos:
[New contact information as of January 2004]
ROZANNE LEVINE
Co-Director
Acoustics
525 Main Street, Fl. 2
Landing, NJ 07850-1017
Tel/Fax:  973-347-5552
E-Mail:  rozmark at bellatlantic.net
http://www.ejn.it/mus/whitecage.htm
http://www.ejn.it/gallery/levine.htm





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