AMN Interviews: Brian Drye

P7136087Since leaving his native Rhode Island, Brian Drye become a scene-maker in Brooklyn, as a frequent sideman and bandleader for Bizingas and co-leader of The Four Bags. In 2008, Brian created Ibeam Brooklyn, as a teaching, performance and rehearsal space for professional musicians and students located in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. The place has been the germination spot for many projects, large and small, from ECM to Clean Feed and Sunnyside that you’ve seen cross your desk in the past 5 years.

Starting a musical venue takes perseverance and guts. Tell us what led to you launching the Ibeam Brooklyn.

Originally I opened it as a teaching space but due to a lack of spaces to play in the city, we started having some informal concerts at the space. Once we graduated to a concert grand piano, the whole game changed and suddenly we could be taken seriously as a potential venue.

The Ibeam is at the center of the New York creative music ecosystem, both geographically and musically. What is it like to be a keystone of such a scene? Do you feel like you are taking part in something special?

The musicians make Ibeam what it is and the location is convenient to where so many jazz musicians live. The size of Ibeam makes it an ideal performance space for a music which doesn’t always have a large audience. Ibeam supports the musicians playing there because there is no pressure to bring a certain # of guests or sell a certain # of tickets. There is great comraderie among the musicians who are members at Ibeam and perform there regularly. The musicians who perform and rehearse there make it special and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

How is the overall health of the venue? What kind of general turnout do you get?

It really depends on the artist, how much it’s promoted and who else is playing. It could be as many as 50 or as few as 5. Even a concert with 5 guests is something special and intimate. I think that my favorite audience is about 20-25. The place is quite full but it’s not so much pressure as large audiences.

Is running the venue the complete focus of your life, or do you get a chance to take a breath from time to time?

Aside from running Ibeam, I teach privately, work as a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall and perform as a professional Trombonist and Pianist. I spend most of my time composing and performing with my original groups such as Bizingas and The Four Bags.

Aside from live shows, what other functions is the Ibeam used for?

Ibeam has a membership which gives people access to the space for rehearsals. Occasionally I rent it to non-members and it’s sometimes used for live recordings.

The Ibeam hosts quite a number of shows that are jazz centered and leaning toward the avant side. Are your own efforts with Bizingas also in that same camp?

Bizingas is definitely similar to most of the groups that perform at Ibeam. It’s sometimes difficult to say exactly what type of music beyond Jazz and Avant that Ibeam hosts, since everything is so varied.

In addition to upcoming shows, what events are coming to the Ibeam that we should know about? Any big plans for the future?

At the moment I am focusing on presenting residencies. which are 3 days long and feature one artist for all three nights. They currently happen once or twice a month. I think that the residency model is strong and has always been a vital element to musicians development. It’s something that’s been missing from the venues that present Jazz and creative music for a long time. In the future I would like to find funding to make more residencies happen on a bigger level. So that musicians can present their work over several nights and develop their work in the way that’s only possible from playing many nights in a row

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OOYH Baltimore Five Year Anniversary on March 4

From Baltimore’s Out Of Your Head:

SET ONE:
Andrew Delclos-bassoon
Peter Formanek-saxophone
Colin Renick-saxophone
Blake Cramer-vibraphone

SET TWO:
Derrick Michaels-saxophone
Brent Madsen-trumpet
Chris Pumphrey-rhodes
Matt Frazao-guitar
Adam Hopkins-bass
Mike Kuhl-drums

SET THREE:
Eric Trudel-saxophone
Ben Frock-trumpet
Alex Weber-bass
Brian Brunsman-bass
Alan Munshower-drums

The show is previewed by the Baltimore City Paper.

The Other Minds music festival is a magnet for the avant-garde

The Other Minds festival, which starts tonight near San Francisco, is previewed:

Executive Director Charles Amirkhanian in his ...
Charles Amirkhanian

When Charles Amirkhanian was 5 years old, he received a John Cage record as a gift from his father. It was a mistake — the elder Amirkhanian had taken it to be an album of traditional Armenian music, their cultural heritage. Instead, young Charles was introduced to a sound that was anything but traditional, and in that music for prepared piano, he found a life’s calling. Some 60-odd years later, the director of the Other Minds festival — the West Coast’s premiere experimental music event, now in its 19th incarnation — points to that accident as a fairly fortuitous one.

March at Roulette

From New York’s Roulette:

Alvin Lucier
Cover of Alvin Lucier

MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Shayna Dulberger Quartet / Featuring Yoni Kretzmer, Chris Welcome & Mike Pride Jazz that digs deep into the heart of 60s Jazz, Post Punk & Extended Technique Improvisations

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
David First’s the Western Enisphere Meets the Ashcan Orchestra An evening of immersive sonic cooperation & porous media interaction between two ensembles

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Darius Jones Presents The Oversoul Manual // Featuring The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit A large scale a capella sci-fi project in the ongoing epic that blends fiction, myth, and autobiography

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
HIRSCH/MENESES/PRIDE Creative vocalist Shelley Hirsch is joined by Jim Meneses and Mike Pride, two percussionists, in a unique trio performance that combines Hirsch’s emotive vocalizations with unusual percussive sounds. …

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Shoko Nagai’s tAKE’N sHADOWS (KAGEFUMI) A new ensemble project that explores the mystery and the wonder of what lies at the essence of contemporary music

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[EAR HEART MUSIC] Aventa Ensemble – Strange News The NY premiere of Rolf Wallin’s multimedia commentary on child soldiers, Strange News & US premiere of Michael Osterle‘s Le Contrat Social

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Elliott Sharp’s SysOrk The NYC and USA premiere of Elliott Sharp’s SysOrk

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Elliott Sharp’s SysOrk The NYC and USA premiere of Elliott Sharp’s SysOrk

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Leslie Ross and Katherine Liberovskaya Leslie Ross and Katherine Liberovskaya have again teamed up for a program of collaborative pieces for bassoon and electronics.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[INTERPRETATIONS] Thomas Buckner with Bradyworks Performing works by Australian composers Eric Griswold, John Encarnacao, Tim Brady & Annea Lockwood.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Skeletons // Greg Fox // American Academy of Achievement Skeletons perform material from their newly-recorded album as part of their Jerome Foundation residency.

MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Intersections: An Evening with Build, itsnotyouitsme, Emyprean Atlas, and Special Guests Four ensembles come together for a mini-fest of music at the intersection of composition and a band aesthetic.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Huebner & Mandel premieres Gosfield, Haber, Hoffman and Waller plus masterworks by Feldman and Bryars FLUX Quartet violist Max Mandel and New York Philharmonic pianist Eric Huebner join forces to give a recital of premieres by New York avant-garde composers…

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Ostrava Days in New York: Celebrating Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday A concert celebrating Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday featuring works by Christian Wolff, Petr Kotik, Gyorgy Ligeti, Martin Smolka, Petr Cígler, and Iannis Xenakis…

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
String Theories: The String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs works by Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, and Doron Sadja On Thursday March 27th at 8:00pm, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs the World Premiere of four new works by young composers at the forefront of composition and improvisation…

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
THE MUSIC OF ALVIN LUCIER with the Callithumpian Consort The Callithumpian Consort, cellist Charles Curtis and pianist Stephen Drury celebrate the unique musical vision of the pioneering composer Alvin Lucier in two evenings devoted to his music, placing it in an international context. …

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
THE MUSIC OF ALVIN LUCIER with Charles Curtis and Stephen Drury The Callithumpian Consort, cellist Charles Curtis and pianist Stephen Drury celebrate the unique musical vision of the pioneering composer Alvin Lucier in two evenings devoted to his music, placing it in an international context. …

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Daniel Levin’s Coelacanth

March at Oakland’s Duende

From Duende:

Elliott Sharp
Cover of Elliott Sharp

ABC Trio with Scott Amendola, Michael Coleman and Nate Brenner 3/5/14 9PM

Gench Music Series: Illusion of Safety + Vozzt + DiMuzio 3/6/14 9PM

The John Santos | Mads Tolling | Dan Zemelman Trio 3/8/14 9:30PM

The Dewayne Oakley / Christopher Lowell Clarke Duo 3/9/14 9PM

Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: GANGSA | Darren Johnston | Electro-Magnetic TP Orchestra 3/10/14 9PM

Phillip Greenlief / Scott Amendola Duo 3/12/14 9PM

Pheeroan akLaff Trio with Jun Miyake and Todd Sickafoose 3/14/14 9:30PM

Pheeroan akLaff Mixed Erato Spirit of Klavier 3/15/14 9:30PM

Elliott Sharp – Night 1 3/16/14 9PM

Elliott Sharp – Night 2 3/17/14 9PM

ABC Trio with Scott Amendola, Michael Coleman and Nate Brenner 3/19/14 9PM

Michael Coleman’s Sleepover + Aram Shelton’s Marches 3/20/14 7PM – 10PM

Ila Cantor / Rob Reich Quartet 3/21/14 9:30PM

The Stone in March

From New York’s Stone:

Chris Speed
Cover of Chris Speed

3/1 Saturday (DDT)
8 pm
Trio: Ben Goldberg, Craig Taborn, Ches Smith
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Craig Taborn (piano) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Unfold Ordinary Mind featuring Craig Taborn
Rob Sudduth (tenor sax) Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) Craig Taborn (wurlitzer) Ben Goldberg (contra alto clarinet) Ches Smith (drums)

3/2 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Dialogue
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Trio: Ben Goldberg, Devin Hoff, Ches Smith
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Devin Hoff (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

3/4 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Peter Evans (trumpet) Cory Smythe (piano)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone: Divide Its White Laughter Into Two
Rebekah Heller (bassoon) Ryan Muncy (sax) Morgan Krauss (composer)

3/5 Wednesday (RJP)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Bridget Kibbey (harp) James Austin Smith (oboe)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone

3/6 Thursday (BK)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone: Hushed Tones
Kyle Armbrust (viola) Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone: The Lowest Sound
Dan Peck (tuba)

3/7 Friday (SC)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Claire Chase (flute) Joshua Rubin (clarinet)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Peter Tantsits (tenor) Phyllis Chen (piano/toy piano)

3/8 Saturday (SK)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone: World Premiere with exclusiveOR
David Byrd-Marrow (horn) Gareth Flowers (trumpet) Peter Evans (trumpet) Dan Peck
(tuba) Nathan Davis (percussion) Jeff Synder (electronics) Sam Pluta
(electronics)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Ross Karre (percussion) Jacob Greenberg (piano)

3/9 Sunday (BS)
8 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Jennifer Curtis (violin) David Bowlin (violin) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
ICEstorm at the Stone
Dan Lippel (guitar)

3/11 Tuesday (RJP)
8 and 10 pm
Chris Speed Trio
Chris Tordini (bass) Dave King (drums) Chris Speed (reeds)
Record release!

3/12 Wednesday (BLG)
8 and 10 pm
Chris Speed Trio
Chris Tordini (bass) Dave King (drums) Chris Speed (reeds)
Record release!

3/13 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Human Feel with special guest Mary Halvorson
Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed (reeds) Jim Black (drums) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

10 pm
yeah NO
Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Chris Speed (reeds)

3/14 Friday (ICS)
8 pm
The Clarinets
Oscar Noriega (clarinets) Anthony Burr (bass clarinet) Chris Speed (clarinet)
Record release!

10 pm
Pachora with special guest Chris Tordini
Brad Shepik (strings) Jim Black (drums) Chris Tordini (bass) Chris Speed (clarinet)

3/15 Saturday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Endangered Blood
Michael Formanek (bass) Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed (reeds) Jim Black (drums)

3/16 Sunday (JA)
8 pm
Chris Speed Duo
Chris Speed (reeds) tba (drums)
Record release for Skirl 025!

10 pm
Chris Speed Trio
Chris Speed (reeds) Mat Maneri (viola) tba (drums)

3/20 Thursday (SC)
8 pm
Imi Rep La Vor
Andrew D’Angelo (sax) Aaron Dugan (guitar) Keith Witty (bass) Tim Keiper (drums, percussion)
High energy radical improvisation.

10 pm
Tim Keiper Solo
Tim Keiper (percussion, et cetera)

3/21 Friday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Banquet of the Spirits

3/22 Saturday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Tim Keiper’s Eclipticalia
John Lee (guitar) Chris Dingman (vibes) Edward Perez (bass) Cyro Baptista (percussion, voice) Tim Keiper (drums, hunters harp, voice)

3/23 Sunday (ICS)
8 pm
Mary Halvorson and Tim Keiper Duo
Mary Halvorson (guitar) Tim Keiper (percussion)

10 pm
Motions
Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes, taiko) Chris Dingman (vibes) Tim Keiper (hunters harp, percussion) Matt Kilmer (percussion)

3/25 Tuesday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Not Bloodcount
Tim Berne (reeds) Chris Speed (reeds) Mike Formanek (bass) Jim Black (drums)

3/26 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Ben Monder Trio ’97
Ben Monder (guitar) Ben Street (bass) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Ches Smith/Jim Black Duo
Ches Smith, Jim Black (percussion)

3/27 Thursday (MJC)
8 pm
Jim Black presents Sam Pluta’s Peter Evans solo
Peter Evans (trumpet) Sam Pluta (electronics, live processing) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
CO3
Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) Simon Jermyn (e bass) Jim Black (drums, sampler)

3/28 Friday (ICS)
8 pm
Jim Black Trio
Teddy Klausner (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Jim Black Trio plus special guest
Teddy Klausner (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums) special guest (?)

3/29 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Jim Black Trio
Teddy Klausner (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Jim Black Trio plus special guest
Teddy Klausner (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums) special guest (?)

3/30 Sunday (SK)
8 pm
H-Alpha
Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Ikue Mori (laptop) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
The Music of Paul Motian
Chris Speed (reeds) Oscar Noriega (reeds) Brad Shepik (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Jim Black (drums)