[members-announce] The New Reed Quartet at 55 Bar, NYC, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Rozanne Levine rozmark at bellatlantic.net
Tue Jun 29 21:12:02 EDT 2004


PERRY ROBINSON ­ Clarinet, Eb Sopranino Clarinet

MARK WHITECAGE ­ Alto saxophone, Clarinet

ROZANNE LEVINE ­ Alto clarinet, Clarinet, Bamboo flute

MATT SNYDER ­ Bass clarinet, Clarinet

When:  Sunday, August 1, 2004

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

Time:  9:30PM

Admission:  $10 cover charge

Information:   telephone - 212-929-9883, website ­ http://www.55bar.com

The 55 Bar welcomes back The New Reed Quartet for a summer concert on August
1st.   The group is warming up before they return to the studio to finish up
their debut CD.  They are eager to get together again -- clarinetist Perry
Robinson is just back from his annual artist residency at the Freiburg
Festival in Germany and saxophonist/clarinetist Mark Whitecage and
clarinetist Rozanne Levine just returned from their RoMarkable appearances
in Portland, Oregon.  Clarinetist Matt Snyder has been writing and recording
and the group is primed and ready to showcase their blend of originals,
arrangements of Monk tunes, and telepathic improvisations.

All four musicians bring to the project a wealth of musical and personal
experiences.  The New Reed Quartet is evolving and freewheeling.  Their
music is danceable with no need for a rhythm section, and they can mesmerize
with their warm, intimate musical conversations.  Past appearances include
The Uptown in Kingston, NY; Witches Brew in Long Island, NY; and the 55 Bar
and CBGB¹s Lounge in New York City.

For over four decades, Perry Robinson has been a leading force in
revitalizing the jazz clarinet and is an acknowledged master of the
instrument in jazz, folk and creative improvised music idioms.  With a
distinctive sound and a unique vision, Mr. Robinson has traveled the globe
bringing his fresh and provocative music to millions of listeners.  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, released its fourth CD,
Still Travelling, on West Wind records.  Perry was twice nominated by the
Jazz Journalists Association as Clarinetist of the Year.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Mark Whitecage is internationally known as a
dynamic, ceaselessly inventive instrumentalist and composer in jazz and
improvised music.  He leads a number of acoustic and acousto/electronic
ensembles and performs 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.   Drimala Records recently released his duo with
acclaimed bassist Dominic Duval, Rules of Engagement, Vol. 1.  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

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


Press and booking contact for further information, interviews and photos:
Rozanne Levine
525 Main Street, Fl. 2
Landing, NJ 07850-1017
Tel/Fax:  973-347-5552
E-Mail:  rozmark at bellatlantic.net

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