AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: April 22, 2017 from 8pm to 10pm
Street: 4614 Liberty Ave, Bloomfield
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15201
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Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Apr 6, 2017
Sat Apr 22 8 pm $15 at the door all ages welcome
Palanzo's (2nd Floor) 4614 Liberty Ave. Bloomfield
with special guests
Caleb Gamble & Joel Kennedy
(of Homing & Lungs Face Feet)
Avram Fefer is an American saxophonist, composer, teacher, and bandleader. He has recorded eleven albums as a leader and many more as a sideman. He has performed in clubs and festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East and plays regularly in New York City.
Avram enjoys collaborations of all sorts, including with poets, dancers, painters, filmmakers, theater directors, and digital sound designers. He is the creator and sole performer of the Resonant Sculpture Project, an international series of solo musical interactions with the large-scale works of iconic sculptor Richard Serra.
He is actively involved in ensembles comprised of anywhere from two to thirty musicians, playing music that ranges from classic jazz to original and avant-garde composition, free improvisation, conducted orchestral music, and a variety of North and West African music.
Avram also maintains a presence in the world of jazz fusion, dance, afro-beat, funk, and hip-hop, including collaborations with DJ's and members of the house music scene. As a bandleader, he is at the helm of two electric groups --- Big Picture Holiday, Rivers on Mars; and several acoustic groups ---the Avram Fefer Trio, the Fefer-Keiper Connection, and the Nuju 4tet. He is also a long-term member of Greg Tate's Burnt Sugar Arkestra, and Adam Rudolph's Go:Organic Orchestra.
Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty five recordings in his discography. Twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, and ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp.
Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most
virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes :"The physicality of Mr. Bisio's bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the
avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;..."
As a composer Michael has been awarded nine grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship. Collaborators include Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo
Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen.
"Like Shipp, bassist Bisio projected a larger-than-life sound that nonetheless conveyed a dark tonal beauty. His bowed solos, particularly one that quoted "My One and Only Love," suggested a burnished lyricism one sooner associates with the cello." Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"His distinctive approach features an enormous sound, warm and woody; impeccable classical bowing technique; a soulful, moody feel for the blues and swing; and a bevy of extended techniques."
Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times