May 2007

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 8:00pm

Daniel Levin Quartet

Daniel Levin, cello
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Moran, vibraphone
Peter Bitenc, double-bass

"A major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music" -Ed Hazell

Daniel Levin was born in 1974 in Burlington, Vermont. He began playing the cello at age six, and studied classical music intensively through adolescence. During this period he attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Mannes College of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. A chance experience improvising with a dancer at the New Arts Festival in Fort Meyers, Florida in the summer of 1993 inspired him to alter his view of himself as a musician: not as an interpreter of the works of early European masters, but as a composer and improviser, who would create his own music, interpreting his experience of the world within and around him. Since then, he has had opportunities to work with many improvisers and composers in the creative music world such as Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, Joe Morris, Rob Brown, Whit Dickey, Joe & Mat Maneri, Tim Berne, J.D. Parran, Warren Smith, Satoshi Takeishi, Joe McPhee, Joe Giardullo, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bhob Rainey, Tom Rainey, Roy Campbell, Frode Gjerstad, Sabir Mateen, Billy Bang, Jason Hwang, William Parker, and many others. His recorded work includes Enter the Continent (Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble) on EMANEM, and, as a leader, Don't Go It Alone (Daniel Levin Quartet) on Riti Records and Some Trees (Daniel Levin Quartet) on HatOLOGY.

Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
Taylor Ho Bynum , cornet + flugelhorn
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Tomas Fujiwara, drums

Taylor Ho Bynum has gained renown through his many performances and recordings with Anthony Braxton, his work with other master musicians like Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, and Alan Silva, and his own recordings, such as the highly acclaimed Other Stories (Three Suites) (482 Music, 2005). However, outside of Belgium (where Bynum was Artist-in-Residence at the 2005 Antwerp Free Music Festival) and the East Coast of the US, this tour will present Bynum's European and West Coast debut as a bandleader.

The Taylor Ho Bynum Trio is a small group committed to the further exploration of the extensions of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington, Ives, the AACM, etc, with a third millennial flavor and a trickster sensibility. Led by cornettist/composer Bynum, the group also features two of New York's most outstanding young musicians: the remarkable guitarist Mary Halvorson and the masterful drummer Tomas Fujiwara. The group will be touring in support of two new recordings: The Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & Trio - The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12 Recordings, April 2007 release) and The Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Duo (482 Music, February 2007 release).

Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Boston and studied jazz at Wesleyan University and the New School. Since 2000 she has performed regularly in New York with various groups and toured Europe and the U.S. with the Anthony Braxton Quintet (Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Leo Records) and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant (Sister Phantom Owl Fish, Ipecac Recordings). Her current projects include the avant-rock band People and a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone. She also plays in ensembles led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Ted Reichman, Peter Evans, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Cady, Matthew Welch, Brian Chase and Curtis Hasselbring. Recent recordings include Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone's Prairies (Lucky Kitchen, 2005); and People's People (I & Ear, 2005).

Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of seven, inspired by Max Roach and Animal of the Muppet Show, he began playing the drums. Two years later, he embarked on 8 years of studies with the legendary Alan Dawson. In 1994, Tomas moved to New York where he has performed with a broad spectrum of artists in a wide range of styles and settings, such as his trio Unified Quest, Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts, Burnt Sugar, Steve Lehman, and many others. Since 1999, Tomas has also performed with STOMP, the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway hit. Tomas has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has several recordings to his credit, including The Calling with the Matana Roberts Quartet and a forthcoming duo recording with Taylor Ho Bynum.