November 2006

Penn: Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennet Hall34th & Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 Students + Seniors / $15 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Andrea Centazzo / Perry Robinson / Nobu Stowe

Perry Robinson, clarinet
Nobu Stowe, piano
Andrea Centazzo, acoustic + digital percussion

Labeled as "The Creative Label for Creative Music" ICTUS Records was one of the leading independent labels during the late 1970's and early 1980’s. Founded in 1976 the company focused mostly on improvised music, contemporary music and avant-garde jazz with much critical acclaim. The label documented seminal collaboration of the innovative composer-percussionist A.C. with the greatest improvisers of the day, including Steve Lacy, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Pierre Favre, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and many more. In 1984, ICTUS regrettably stopped. Now, exactly 30 years after its birth, ICTUS is back with a special new edition box set of 12 CDs including brand new as well as old recordings and also a great new catalogue. To mark this renaissance of ICTUS, A.C. has formed this trio with the clarinet legend Perry Robinson and the up-and-coming pianist Nobu Stowe. The trio challenges the boundary between composition and improvisation, and proclaims a holistic path to jazz, classical music, rock, avant-garde, world-music, electronica, and beyond. ICTUS Records’ 30th Anniversary “Renaissance” Tour is one of firsts of the new ICTUS era and will be released as a double CD in the beginning of 2007.

In an artistic career that spans over 35 years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000 concerts all over the world. Centazzo has recorded over 100 LPs and CDs, and has authored 350 published compositions (ranging from solo percussion to symphonic works and opera) and eight musicology books. Centazzo has received a number of prestigious awards (Premio Critica Discografica Italiana, Downbeat Poll, International Video Festival Tokyo, Prix Arcanal of French Culture, etc.). In the early years, Centazzo performed with Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, Giorgio Gaslini, John Zorn, Sylvano Bussotti, Albert Mangellsdorf, Enrico Rava, Lester Bowie, Henry Kaiser and the likes. Since 1986, Centazzo had dedicated himself to composing, orchestra conducting and creating solo multi-media experiences. His latest project MANDALA has been highly acclaimed. Now he's back in the jazz/improvised music world with this new trio and other collaborations.

Perry Robinson is truly a musical icon, with a performing and recording career spanning over 45 years, across all manner of genres, styles, and categories. Born in 1938 in New York City, he grew up in a musical family including Earl Robinson (his father), a well-known composer/protégé of Aaron Copland. Throughout his career Robinson has traveled far and wide to play with the most important musicians of his time, and in the process has become a living legend of the jazz clarinet. His discography reveals works with, among others, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Haden, Henry Grimes, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, Gunter Hampel, Paul Motian, and Archie Shepp.

Nobu Stowe was born in Maebashi, Gumma, Japan. He started taking piano lessons at age 3 and composition at age 6. He moved to the US to study music and psychology at UC Berkeley. Then, he moved to Chicago to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago. After receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology, he moved to Baltimore to work as a drug researcher for the NIH. Since this relocation, Stowe is leading the post-fusion unit TRIO RICOCHET ( and, in less than a year, has already appeared at some of the top venues in the East Coast including Blue Note N.Y., The 55 Bar, The Knitting Factory, Twins Jazz and An die Musik. His fist recordings will soon be available from Konnex Records (Germany) and Soul Note (Italy).