Upcoming Myra Melford Performances and Releases

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A few upcoming gigs this spring — I hope to see you!

— Solo piano concert at the Presidio Sessions, San Francisco, February 24, presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

— Dave Douglas Metamorphosis at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, March 3 and 4, featuring a powerhouse ensemble.

— Snowy Egret Trio, with Stomu Takeishi and Tyshawn Sorey, at Oberlin College, March 10.

— I’ll be a guest with Jon Irabagon and the Sirius String Quartet as part of Jon’s Residency at the Stone, NYC, on March 11, 9pm set.

— Trio M will be at Dizzy’s, NYC, March 30 and at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT, on March 31.

— I’ll also be part of a special concert celebrating Firehouse 12’s, 10th anniversary in New Haven, CT, April 30.

New and upcoming releases:

Unleashed, Tiger Trio, with bassist Joelle Leandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell, on RogueArt.

A DVD of videos from my 25-year retrospective at the Stone plus a 26-minute documentary about my work and the events of that week by filmmaker Gil Corre, Firehouse 12 release (2017 date TBD).

This year I’ll be recording the second Snowy Egret record on Firehouse 12, and will let you know about plans to release it in 2018.

Edgetone Records Winter Releases

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Running From Bears – Maul of America

Running From Bears is an adventurous Phoenix-based jazz sextet. Formed in 2007, the group is committed to the composition and performance of original works, along with the occasional reworking of popular songs. Each player/composer has a different composition and improvisation voice, yielding a forward-thinking and diverse group sound.
Eric Rasmussen – alto saxophone
Adam Roberts – tenor and soprano saxophones
Keith Kelly – tenor and baritone saxophones
Jeff Libman – guitar
Ben Hedquist – bass
Ryan Anthony – drums

The Harold Trio

After meeting as part of the Washington Women in Jazz and Women in Jazz Sweden exchange, Amy K Bormet (piano/wurlitzer/voice), Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone/flute), and Tina Raymond (drumset) came together in Los Angeles in May 2016 to record their first album of both live and studio performances. All three women are international performers, working in places as diverse as India, Brazil, Uganda, and Sweden. Their music, which is truly spontaneous, defies categorization and draws from the trio’s knowledge of western art music, avant-garde jazz, and Indian classical music. What makes the Harold Trio compelling is the ease with which Amy, Biggi, and Tina merge their deep individual experiences, exhilarating musical personas, and sensitive improvised ensemble work.
Biggi Vinkeloe – alto saxophone, flute
Amy K Bormet – piano, voice
Tina Raymond – drumset

Voco – The Walcott Sessions

Voco strives to push the edges of music and the conventional expectations of the power trio. Drawing on an extensive wealth of musical and thematic influences stretching deep into the past, and far into the imagined future, VOCO puts forth 10 original compositions that contort conventional riff-based instrumental rock as they shift genre, tempo, time signature, and dynamics. Listeners will find themselves entrapped in Zappa-esqe guitar solos, beaten by Norwegian Black Metal influenced blast beats, and stimulated with sounds spanning from delicate soft passages to atmospheric re-entry.
Alex Yeung – guitar
Tim Sullivan – drums
Josh Martin- bass
Chris U – analog synthesizer
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone

Jim Ryan, Jordan Glenn – Mindless Thing

Mindless Thing is a collaboration between drummer/composer Jordan Glenn and iconoclast saxophonist/band leader/poet/artist/sage Jim Ryan. The music, composed and conducted by Glenn, takes malleable material and filters it through a unique ensemble of strings and percussion. The result is used to create a backdrop for Ryan’s surreal and haunting poetry. Poet, writer, philosopher and musician, Jim Ryan is an original member of the exploratory family of artists of the 20th century. His powerful playing style and truly original voice permeates with vibrant spirit.
Jim Ryan – voice/flute
Jordan Glenn – conducting/percussion
Michael Coleman- piano/percussion
Karl Evangelista – guitar
Damon Waitkus – hammered dulcimer
Robert Lopez – vibraphone / marimba / percussion

Fred Anderson Tribute / Art Ensemble Book Release in Chicago, March 29

English: Fred Anderson at the HotHouse in Chic...

Tatsu Aoki (bass), Edward Wilkerson (saxophone), Mai Sugimoto (saxophone), Avreeayl Ra (drums), and Coco Elysses (percussion) will perform on Wednesday, March 29th at the Jazz Showcase for a special event commemorating the birthday of Fred Anderson as well as the publication of a new book about the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Anderson, who passed away in 2010, was a beloved Chicago musician, the proprietor of the Velvet Lounge nightclub, and the namesake of Fred Anderson Park (1611-1629 S. Wabash Ave.). He was also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)—whose flagship group, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, is the subject of Paul Steinbeck’s book
Message to Our Folks, published by the University of Chicago Press.

Fred Anderson Birthday Concert and Paul Steinbeck Book Signing Featuring the Tatsu Aoki Quintet
Tatsu Aoki (bass)
Edward Wilkerson (saxophone)
Mai Sugimoto (saxophone)
Avreeayl Ra (drums)
Coco Elysses (percussion)

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60605
7:00 p.m.: Doors and Book Signing
8:00 p.m.: Concert
Seating is limited for this special event. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.jazzshowcase.com/calendar or http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/6433-jazz-