15 / 03 / 19
Opening act : 7pm
Concert : 8pm
Donny McCaslin has long been one of the music’s most striking voices, with long-running collaborations that include innovators like Dave Douglas, Dave Binney, Gary Burton, and Maria Schneider. McCaslin’s performance on Maria Schneider’s 2004 album Concert In The Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.”
His own solo work has been marked by a restless exploration that is only accelerated with his latest release, Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf Music, 2012). Couching his trademark gift for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica- inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock power, McCaslin has crafted a game-changer of an album, fusing a wealth of forward-looking influences into one wholly new modern jazz sound.
Musicians : Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Scott Colley (doublebass), Jonathan Blake (drum)
15 / 03 / 21
“Quiet Pride” a four movement work for large jazz ensemble, inspired by the sculptures of the artist, Elizabeth Catlett, was performed in 2012 at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, in Baton Rouge, LA. This special event had Elizabeth’s gorgeous artwork in residence during this time. Rufus composed a fifth movement, “Tapestry In The Sky,” to complete “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project.” This music was recorded and released by Motéma Music in Feb, 2014, “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project.” This large ensemble, conducted by Dennis Mackrel was released to rave reviews. Rufus continues to present this music in Universities with Catlett’s work on view. He also presents this professional large ensemble whenever possible, as at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in November of 2014.
15 / 03 / 26
Concert : 8pm
Opening act 7pm
The blues, Scarlatti, a song by Gershwin, one of his “mediterranean” originals. When performing in piano solo Pieranunzi challenges stereotypes by mixing different musical “languages”. His personal, unique pianism is in fact without boundaries and under his hands jazz and classical music sound surprisingly close, like two parallel lines that eventually and happily meet. This comes surely from his background where you can find Parker, Konitz or Chet Baker along with Bach and Chopin. Yet the key of this magic is Pieranunzi’s imagination, that makes his playing a charming, very special world of his own.Unlimited.
Music by Gershwin, Scarlatti, Pieranunzi
Musician : Enrico Pieranunzi (piano), Fraser Hollins (doublebasse), Richard Irwin (drums)
15 / 03 / 28
Michel Cusson – Solo
Concert : 8pm
For several years, renowned music composer Michel Cusson (Cavalia, Omerta, Unité 9, Seraphin, Uzeb) has been exploring ways to present live music from a different angle. This new project, to be revealed on March 28th, is a unique fusion of his cinematic language and his jazz improvisation background. This original creation is inspired by real events that he witnessed. For his long awaited comeback to the stage, Cusson will be performing a live soundtrack by himself, building a highly emotive score that embraces the story’s narrative and imagery
Musician : Michel Cusson (guitar)