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Venue:
Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall (UPenn)34th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Monday, June 11, 2007 - 8:00pm

Big Four

Max Nagl, alto saxophone
Steven Bernstein, trumpet
Noël Akchoté, guitar
Brad Jones, double-bass

Austrian saxophonist and composer Max Nagl has written works for theatre, dance, radio plays and chamber ensembles. In June 2004 his childrens opera "Felix oder die Geschichte von einem, der auszog, das Gruseln zu lernen" premiered at the Volksoper Wien, and in April 2005 his operetta "Der 7. Himmel in Vierteln" was performed at Museumsquartier Wien. Nagl has recorded with Franz Hautzinger, Lol Coxhill, Otto Lechner, Burkhard Stangl, Tom Cora and Thomas Chapin. He was awarded the Hans Koller Prize for "musician of the year" in Austria.

Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who lives outside of musical convention. He has recently released three critically acclaimed CDs - Diaspora Soul, Diaspora Blues (featuring the Sam Rivers Trio), and his most recent, Diaspora Hollywood. All three are on John Zorn's Tzadik label. His band Sex Mob has been together since 1995 touring the world, has won numerous awards, and had their music featured on MTV, Saturday Night Live and NPR. Sexotica, recorded for Thirsty Ear's Blue serie, and produced by Good and Evil is their most recent release. Their previous recording, Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope), features legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd. His nine-piece ensemble, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, recently released their debut recording, MTO Vol. 1 on Sunnyside Records. Bernstein also arranged and co-produced Baby Loves Jazz, featuring vocalists Sharon Jones and Babi Floyd, along with keyboard master John Medeski. The CD is available on Verve Records. He was the musical director for I'm Your Man, a documentary on Leonard Cohen that focuses on a tribute concert held at the Sydney Opera house, which will be released by Lions Gate films in spring 2006.

Since November 2004 Bernstein has been a member of the Levon Helm band, playing at the Midnight Rambles in Levon's home in Woodstock. Bernstein wrote the horn arrangments for Bill Frisell's Grammy winning 2004 recording Unspeakable, as well as for artists including Lou Reed, Jessie Harris, Shivaree, Elton John, and Marvin Pontiac. He was also the musical director for the touring version of the Kansas City band, which included David "Fathead" Newman, Don Byron, James Carter, Christian McBride, and Nicholas Payton. During his 10 years as a member of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards he arranged the music for Get Shorty, Clay Pigeons, Fishing With John and many more film, television and commercial projects with Mr. Lurie. For composer/Foetus mastermind Jim Thirwell, Bernstein arranged Steroid Maximus to be performed live by a 19 piece ensemble. Bernstein has played trumpet with a diverse group of artists including Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, David Murray, David Berger, Digable Planets, Sting, Medeski Martin and Wood, Courtney Love, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Don Byron and Mocean Worker.

The Paris-born guitarist Noel Akchoté perfomed and studied with Tal Farlow, Barney Wilen, Chet Baker, Philip Catherine and John Abercrombie. Beginning in the early 1990s, he played in the bands of Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Jacques Thollot, Sam Rivers but also with Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Tim Berne and George Lewis. He is currently performing his solo series entitled "Joseph" and collaborating with David Grubbs, Luc Ferrari, David Sylvian, Jim G. Thirlwell, Max Nagl, Andrew Sharpley or Earth´s Dylan Carson.