Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Davis / Gruner / Letman-Burtinovic at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA (with a slightly updated lineup):

Start: 2/18/09 – 9:30pm
End: 2/18/09 – 11:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Davis / Gruner / Letman-Burtinovic
Wednesday, February 18 @ 9 30PM
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10

Demian Richardson (trumpet)
Daniel Carter (reeds)
Andrew Jordan (reeds and percussion) –
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
Gunter Gruner (drums)
Floyd Davis (poetry)

Over the past three decades Daniel Carter has performed with such musical luminaries as Sun Ra, William Parker, Thurston Moore, MMW (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Vernon Reid, Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, D.J. Logic, Butch Morris, TEST, One World Ensemble, Saturnalia String Trio, and many others. As a staunch advocate of musical democracy he has been an inspiration for many young musicians. Of his musical collaborations, Carter states, “Most of the groups I’m in are collectives. Sometimes they’ve started out otherwise, and I’ve fought for them to be under a collective name, because that name… some name that would be inspirational or aspirational for the whole group.”

Drummer and composer Gunter Gruner has studied music at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, the City College of New York and privately with drumming legend, Andrew Cyrille. Since moving to New York in 2005, he has performed with William Parker, Emilio Teubal, Matt Lavelle, Christoph Auer, Shanir Blumenkranz, Andrew Jordan, Daniel Carter, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, David Moss, Joerg Hochapfel, Salim Washington, Bato the Gypsy, Yusuke Yamamoto, Rodney Gardiner, Lakecia Benjamin, Kirk Knuffke, Tom Zlabinger, Floyd Davis, Ras Moshe and others. His project “The Invisible Landscape” connects Jazz, free improvisation, contemporary composition and various traditional music from around the world. He received a Mark Brunswick Award for composition in 2005 and was nominated for a Van Lier Fellowship for composition in 2007.
Percussionist and reedman Andrew Jordan has studied and performed in China, Ghana, and Egypt, and brings traditions from each to his music. His studies of world music have led him to the dynamic music of New York free improvisationists, who artfully mix any and all sprititual influences. “This language is one of immense importance to me, and I just try and get to it’s many meanings by keeping these people, and these sounds in my body as long as possible, then letting them seep out into the basement venues to which I’ve been partitioned.”

Demian Richardson is a dynamic trumpeter, the likes of which will blow you out of this place. Calling on all sectors of imagination and tradition, jazz evaporates and only Demian remains. He has performed with Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Chris Welcome, Ed Schuller, John Blum, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Allen Ginsberg.

Nicolas LETMAN-BURTINOVIC attended Paris Beaux Arts until 1994 and work as a professional artist in Europe, when he switched to studying bass for 6 month at the classical conservatory in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. In 1998, Nicolas moved to New York. During the same time, he started traveling to parts of New England and Philadelphia to play with such musicians as legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp, drummers Jay Alan Jackson, Philadelphia-based drummer Bill Roye, Philadelphia-based saxophonist Odean Pope, drummer Alan Nelson and bassist Avery Sharpe. In 2004 he recorded with drummer Matt Wilson on NBJ’s CD. Nicolas’s original compositions, performed by Bomb X and Haleoscene are based on the odd meter and polymeter system developed by Jymie Merritt. The band is a strong trio, bringing in guests which vary the band’s sound and energy. In 2005 he was musical director and bass player for Knewness, a double quintet recording including Archie Shepp, Avery Sharp, Spaceman, Colmore Duncan, Butch Campbel… He is curently active with the New York creative music scene.

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