Magic Triangle Jazz Series: BassDrumBone
February 11, 2018
UMass Amherst Campus
"The fused nature of the three words is much more than a syntactical gimmick,” writes Raul da Gama. "It represents a true melding of ideas, often a molten mix of lyricism, spritely elegance and vociferous invention that showcases not only individual virtuosity but a truly meaningful coming together for change."
Mark Helias has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in jazz, including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor and Uri Caine. A prolific composer, Helias has written music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band. His orchestra piece “Stochasm” was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in June of 2011. Twelve recordings of his music have been released since 1984, his latest being The Signal Maker (Intakt). He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and SIM (School for Improvisational Music) in Brookyn, NY.
Gerry Hemingway has led a number of ensembles since the mid 1980’s, and has been a member of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, as well as duo projects with John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin and Marilyn Crispell. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as his innovative work as a solo performer. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009.
Ray Anderson has shown remarkable musical range on the slide trombone since his emergence in the 1970’s. Having won numerous Down Beat Critics Polls, he has reawakened interest in the instrument’s expressive possibilities and sonic scope. He has led or co-led and composed for tradition-minded ensembles, experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra and countless others. A Guggenheim Fellow, Anderson is a gifted teacher and has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Stony Brook University since 2003.
"The story keeps unfolding for this fabled trio that released its first outing in 1978” writes Glenn Astarita. “With rest stops along the way, the musicians' synergy remains as a source of amazement, coupled with their perpetual creative sparks that sculpt a route embedded with fresh concepts and supreme musicianship."