[members-announce] Mark Whitecage's BushWacked on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Cornelia St. Cafe

Rozanne Levine rozmark at bellatlantic.net
Fri Nov 9 11:36:16 EST 2007


Dear Friends,

I wanted to invite those of you in the NYC area to come to a special event
at the Cornelia Street Cafe on Thursday, November 15th.  Golda Solomon, the
Medicine Woman of Jazz, is presenting Mark Whitecage's spoken opera,
BushWacked.

As music critic Robert Iannapollo said about our "BushWacked" project,

"Even after five years of Bush and his cronies' systematic dismantling of
our governmental system, there's been little overt protest music within the
field of creative jazz. Along comes saxophonist Mark Whitecage with a
healthy dose of indignation. The music runs the gamut from freebop to
collective improv to straight ahead swing, and every player gets a moment to
shine. When the dust has settled and these mad times are just a bad memory,
'BushWacked' will still be standing tall."  - Robert Iannapollo, Signal to
Noise 

Here's all the information on the performance:

GOLDA SOLOMON "The Medicine Woman of Jazz" with PO'JAZZ

presents 

BUSHWACKED - A SPOKEN OPERA

Written and Conceived by Mark Whitecage

"The 'jazz-and-much-more' raging authority unleashed by Whitecage [and
company] will curl up your toes:  a show-stopping virtuosity does not waste
an ounce of the pulsating conceptual energy of the group, whose components
encapsulate hundreds of different artistic experiences with sardonic smiles
and thoroughly irreverent musicianship. Archie Shepp and ragtime, Frank
Zappa and off-Broadway, anarchy and democracy: it's all here for your mental
and auditive pleasure." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes


Downstairs at The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,
www.corneliastreetcafe.com

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2007, 6 - 8 PM
$15 ($10 students/seniors) includes one drink

with

ROZANNE LEVINE alto and Bb clarinets, bamboo flute
MARK WHITECAGE alto sax, clarinet, libretto
ROSI HERTLEIN violin, voice
GOLDA SOLOMON words

ROZANNE LEVINE:  "Crystal Clarinets is a model of taste, restraint, and
intelligence...Rozanne plays with just a hint of vibrato; she's a lyrical
soloist and a deliberate player who pays close attention to texture and
dynamics and supports her band mates with refinement and empathy." - Chris
Kelsey, Jazz Now 

MARK WHITECAGE:  "The man is an absolute master of the alto saxophone and
clarinet (not to mention a dab hand at electronics), and one of the finest
and most original jazz composers in the world, and has been for years." -
Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic, Signal to Noise

ROSI HERTLEIN:  "Hertlein is a player of very resilient technique. Her
phrases and articulation recall Leroy Jenkins, but her tone is fuller and
more singing." - Joe Milazzo, www.onefinalnote.com

GOLDA SOLOMON:  "Poet Solomon...Think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the
Mile High City and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town."
- Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News

"PO'JAZZ at CORNELIA STREET is one big friendly party of good words, good
sounds, and good food." - Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music

The Cornelia Street Café
"a culinary as well as a cultural landmark" -- Mayoral Proclamation, City of
New York 1987

Tel: 212-989-9319  /  Fax: 212-243-4207  /  Web: www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Streets, Greenwich Village
by subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street - Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F
& V to West 4th St.

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BushWacked, begun in 1990 from Mr. Whitecage¹s composition of the same name
with lyrics by Jeanne Lee, is an evolving oral critique of the political
climate of the USA as culled by the artists from print and internet media,
news headlines, interviews and reports, i.e., all aspects of media create
the centerpiece and original jazz frees the words from the page to craft a
spoken opera. 

Here is what critics are saying about BushWacked - A Spoken Opera on the
Acoustics label (released 2005 November):

"The 'jazz-and-much-more' raging authority unleashed by Whitecage [and
company] will curl up your toes:  a show-stopping virtuosity does not waste
an ounce of the pulsating conceptual energy of the group, whose components
encapsulate hundreds of different artistic experiences with sardonic smiles
and thoroughly irreverent musicianship. Archie Shepp and ragtime, Frank
Zappa and off-Broadway, anarchy and democracy: it's all here for your mental
and auditive pleasure." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

"Mark Whitecage and The Bi-Coastal Orchestra step up to the podium and
deliver the statement of sanity many have been waiting on for five years.
Whitecage's broad stylistic background is well represented by his ensemble,
creating a lively listenable soundtrack equal to the seething passion in the
composer's text." 
- Rex Butters, All About Jazz - LA
[link for complete review --
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=20558]

"Even after five years of Bush and his cronies' systematic dismantling of
our governmental system, there's been little overt protest music within the
field of creative jazz. Along comes saxophonist Mark Whitecage with a
healthy dose of indignation. The music runs the gamut from freebop to
collective improv to straight ahead swing, and every player gets a moment to
shine. When the dust has settled and these mad times are just a bad memory,
'BushWacked' will still be standing tall."  - Robert Iannapollo, Signal to
Noise 

One of the Top Ten Releases of 2005 - Rex Butters, All About Jazz - LA

"What a splendid and healing joy to listen to this CD! I just can't put it
down, it's terrific and explosive stuff." - Sandile Ngidi, freelance
journalist and independent producer, South Africa

PICK HIT!
"When I requested this, Rozanne Levine wrote back, "judging by your blog I
think you will dig this CD."  Sure, I'm a soft touch when it comes to Bush
bashing.  But what impresses me isn't the quality of analysis -- but the
music.  The music is wide-ranging, discordant, tough.  But the words do too
add something to this fresh, compelling music.  [A-] " -  Tom Hull, "Jazz
Consumer Guide", The Village Voice

"BushWacked' is an impressive, bold and timely work from alto sax wiz, Mark
Whitecage, and his new crew." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Newsletter
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More information:

Mark Whitecage's web site -- his biography, discography, projects, photos
and performance highlights:
http://www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage.htm

Rozanne Levine's web page --  http://www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage/projects.htm

BushWacked - A Spoken Opera sound sample and review excerpts:
http://www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage/bushwacked.htm

BushWacked - A Spoken Opera - sound samples from all tracks:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/whitecage

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Hope to see you there!

Love,
Rozanne




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