Tuesday 8 May 2018, 7.30pm
Ingrid Laubrock / tenor and soprano saxophones
Mary Halvorson / guitar
Kris Davis / piano
Tom Rainey / drums
Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House 4 consists of New York City-based musicians who have all made a huge impact as composers, performers and improvisers in their own right. It’s a cast of innovative performers who are specialized in experimental music and constantly look for fresh avenues to create truly new music.
The group's quicksilver-like and imaginative blend of strong individual voices with Laubrock's compositions makes for a thrilling listening experience. The compositions straddle the boundaries of improvisation, new music and avant- jazz. Between them, the musicians have performed with Anthony Braxton, Jason Moran, Craig Taborn, Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and many others.
“The quicksilver mixture of composition and improvisation, range of approaches, textures, densities, and, movement heard across the album, and, indeed,within each single piece, is one of the most satisfying qualities of Laubrock’s music. Her sponge-like imagination seems boundless. An absorbing trip through an aural hall of mirrors.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
“A cascade of gritty beauty.” – All About Jazz
Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds.
Her main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Ubatuba, and Serpentines. She has been part of several Anthony Braxton projects, including Falling River Quartet, Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet; and was one of the soloists in his latest opera Trillium J. Awards include Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. She won best Soprano saxophonist in the 'Downbeat Annual Critics Poll in 2015.
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts) and “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet and her most recent group Code Girl.
Kris Davis s a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers by the New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions.
Tom Rainey s one of the most sought after creative drummers in NYC. He has performed and/or recorded with: John Abercrombie, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Albert Mangelsdorff, Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, and many others. Current projects as a leader include the Tom Rainey Trio and the quintet Obbligato.