Cancelled: CJ Boyd + Jessica Pavone & friends

CANCELED: Unfortunately New England is under a Blizzard Warning for Friday-Saturday, Lowell will call a “snow emergency”. I hope that can reschedule this event in the not-to-distant future …
Friday February 8 8pm, donations greatly appreciated 8^)

An evening of solos and other combinations featuring –

CJ Boyd – electric bass guitar
Jessica Pavone – violin
Kit Demos – upright bass, electronics
Luther Gray – drums, percussion
Steve Norton – reeds, celesta, electronics
Walter Wright – electronics, drums

CJ Boyd‘s bass playing melts glaciers, creating a sea of low, flowing rhythms, while also supplying melodies that soar over the ocean to melt the sun itself. Waves of bass loops are garnished with harmonica drones and constant improvisational exploration. This is deep-sea-diving for the hungry and alone. While certainly following in the footstep of great bassists like Mingus and Meyer, Boyd’s aesthetic sensibility also seeks to wed the minimalism of Reich and Glass with what might be called the maximalism of Beethoven chamber music. But all this is further complicated by the presence of Boyd’s improvisational prowess. Not funky, not a bassplayer’s bassplayer exactly, but something refreshing and impressive-improvising with fingers that only know how to dance to the deepest tunes. One thinks Nietzsche might have had CJ in mind when he said, “Maturity consists in regaining the seriousness one had as a child at play.”

Jessica Pavone, string instrumentalist, has led her own bands; Army of Strangers and The Pavones, has performed in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, Matana Roberts, Aaron Siegel, Henry Threadgill, and Matthew Welch, as well as such collective groups as the Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone Duo, Normal Love, and The Thirteenth Assembly. As a composer, Pavone has earned grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, The Kitchen, MATA, The Jerome Foundation, and the group, Till By Turning, which recently presented the European premiere of her piece “Quotidian” at Klangbad Festival in Germany. Jessica’s music has been released by the Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Skirl and Porter record labels.

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