Creative Music in DC

Events at Union Arts DC
Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, October 3 @ 8pm
In the Sea w/Tristan Honsinger :: Noah Getz/Bobby Muncy Duo
Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming, as well as an introduction to some of this city’s finest players today, some born after his departure in the seventies. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Josh Zubot, Isaiah Ceccarelli, and Nicolas Caloia don’t merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. A superb encounter.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE

Sunday, October 11 @ 7:30pm
Igmar Thomas & The Cypher :: Donvonte McCoy & the 3rd Floor
Igmar Thomas & the Cypher, featuring DJ Raydar Ellis and vocalist Chris Turner is one of the most exciting bands around today, with a masterful blend of hip-hop and jazz that is all its own. Igmar Thomas has played with some of the biggest names in jazz and hip-hop, and he’s currently overseas on a tour with Ms. Lauryn Hill. He’ll get back to the States just in time to bring his stew of big band jazz and hip-hop aesthetics to D.C. Fans of acts like The Roots might just lose it upon exposure to the intense power of the Cypher, a seven-piece group that carefully gels Golden Era hip-hop and contemporary jazz into a neo-jazz sound that’s entirely of the present moment.
THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Located next to the Southern Ave metro stop on the Green Line

Sunday, October 11 @ 7pm
Lucien Ban & Matt Maneri Duo
New York-resident Romanian pianist Lucian Ban and American violinist and viola-player Mat Maneri offer a compelling union of sounds and approach. Maneri’s melancholy sound and imaginative phrasing have been guided by the philosophies of his microtonalist sax-playing father Joe, Ornette Coleman‘s free-jazz, 12-tone and baroque music – though he retains a clear affection for old-school jazz-violin swing. Ban suggests Keith Jarrett, Monk and early Abdullah Ibrahim with 20th-century classical infusions.
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Located on the corner of 11th and U Streets NW

Thursday, October 15 @ 8pm
Audrey Chen/Flandrew Fleisenber :: Garrett/Scheible/Stewart/Tucker
AUDREY CHEN (voice/cello)
FLANDREW FLEISENBERG (percussion)
Fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of “mundane things”. These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture around Chen’s internally driven sonic language. Her own deeply personal yet unconventional uses of the voice and cello, in combination with Fleisenberg’s material conjuring, creates a wordless discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.
LAYNE GARRETT (electro-acoustic objects)
NATE SCHEIBLE (percussion/tapes)
LUKE STEWART (bass/electronics)
JENNY TUCKER (sax/objects)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday – Sunday, October 16 – 18 @ 8pm
Pharoah Sanders
Bohemian Caverns Legends of Jazz Series
Pharoah Sanders was born into a musical family. Sanders’ early favorites included Harold Land, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane. In 1961, Sanders moved to New York. Unable to make a living with his music, Sanders took to pawning his horn, working non-musical jobs, and sometimes sleeping on the subway. During this period he played with a number of free jazz luminaries, including Sun Ra, Don Cherry, and Billy Higgins. In 1964, Coltrane asked Sanders to sit in with his band. The following year, Sanders was playing regularly with the Coltrane group. Coltrane’s ensembles with Sanders were some of the most controversial and groundbreaking in the history of jazz. Their music represents a near total desertion of traditional jazz concepts, in favor of a teeming, irregularly structured, organic mixture of sound for sound’s sake. Strength was a necessity in that band, and as Coltrane realized, Sanders had it in abundance. Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. As a result, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Located on the corner of 11th and U Streets NW