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More unrestricted, unrehearsed and creative music ala Free-Jazz

July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$12 – $15

Music: Free-Form Jazz, Improvisational

Re-scheduling of the 10/2018 cancelled concert:

Guests: Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano + Boston’s Damon Smith, Jeb Bishop & Forbes Graham

The Creative Music Series Presents

From New England & New York & Boston

Legends and in the making:

“The Quartet + 1”

More unrestricted, unrehearsed and creative music ala Free-Jazz, only the likes of Paul, Flaherty, Chris Corsano (associated with each other for decades) + Damon Smith + Jeb Bishop + Forbes Graham can produce…

Paul Flaherty (saxophones) Back after more than three years absence (playing with Forbes Graham then).

“…Flaherty encapsulates the history of outlaw free improvising in New England…” -David Keenan (The Wire, The Scottish Sunday Herald).  “Flaherty is an absolute monster… and a deep-rooted knowledge of jazz that can’t resist making its presence felt.” ” – Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic). 

“Flaherty and his saxophone are a subterranean legend in the kingdom of the north.  Since the ‘In the Midst of Chaos’ LP was recorded back in the mid 70’s, Paul has been a persistent roar in the distance – pervading the aura of the region’s improvisational underground whilst eschewing its spotlight”.  Byron Coley

“Flaherty is the firecracker in the mix, bubbling and burbling away over the top of Corsano’s alien rhythmic foundations. Together, this duo is more than capable of sheer transcendence.” – Chad Oliveiri, Rochester’s City Paper (May 5, 2004).

 “If the duo situation is all about communication, then Flaherty and Corsano are clearly an ideal musical partnership.” – Robert Iannapollo, Cadence Magazine. “More than thirty years after the death of Albert Ayler, Flaherty and Corsano’s music is the most compelling evidence I’ve heard in some time that music like this still needs to be played.” Charlie Wilmoth, Dusted Magazine. 

Chris Corsano (drums/percussion) Back after more than three years absence (playing with Joe McPhee! as well as Paul then)

 “The music in some ways ceases to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones”.  Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes.

“Corsano’s resume stretches from free jazz legends as sax players Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & Akira Sakata, noise masters as Bill Nace and C Spencer Yeh to avant-pop vocalist Björk. He represents the hyperactive, ecstatic pole…”  Eyal Hareuveni The Free Jazz Collective

“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” – The Wire

“Mr. Corsano is a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times (Sept. 2012); “…Chris Corsano, a young free player who already looks like becoming the most significant and syntactically advanced percussionist to come out of the free rock/jazz nexus.” – David Keenan, Scottish Sunday Herald (May 18, 2003); “At one point…Corsano even duos with himself, hurling spittle through a piece of horn while simultaneously pounding out a blurry beat…” – Marc Masters’ review of The Young Cricketer, Noiseweek (April 2006).

Damon Smith (upright bass) A Boston virtuoso helping to surface Free-Jazz from obscurity, perhaps the last time to hear him before he departs Boston, after moving to the Boston area in the fall of 2016.

“A driving force in Out-Jazz, double bassist Damon Smith, a hardcore punk rock disciple turned free improvisational titan is fully in his element, helping unleash an impossible firestorm of loud noise…”

“…Smith’s long list of collaborators is star-studded (Brötzmann, Taylor, Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, to name a few) but Balance Point Acoustics—the record label he’s launched in 2001 at the suggestion of the late great German free jazz avant-garde-ist, Peter Kowald—has served as a document of his work and evident of the valuable alliances he’s shored up…” – Bandcamp Daily.

Jeb Bishop (trombone) Raising the creative bar for the Boston area!

“… one of the best-kept secrets in American jazz …” — Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times, January 6, 2002.

“Jeb Bishop is the most inspiring player to come out of the North Side (Chicago) improvising scene associated with Ken Vandermark. In recent years, the trombonist has blossomed into a major voice on his instrument, with a big, punchy tone, an instinctive sense of melody and the wisdom not to run on too long. A veteran of multiple international tours, he’s a frequent collaborator with like?minded players…” – Chicago Sun Times.

Forbes Graham

“His greatest strength as a creator is that he is not pretentious about making music that normally comes with an air of pretension. He has the gift of creating complex sound, using human vernacular elements. It is intellectual without being academic:. –  WBUR-FM, Boston.

“Graham’s jaw-dropping mastery of extended techniques, his repertoire of textures, his rich conception of sound-in-space….I was blown away, and the album was high on my best of the year list for 2010”. – Tatsuya Nakatani & Forbes Graham – “Essences” – Kendra Steiner Editions.

The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area.  My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area.  CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.





July 20, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$12 – $15
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