1.23.14 ALICIA BYER + JACK / BEN WRIGHT @ Grand Star Jazz Club

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
JANUARY 23, 2014  8pm – midnight
ALICIA BYER + JACK / BEN WRIGHT
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
ALICIA BYER  [9:00pm]

ALICIA BYER clarinets

SET 2
JACK / BEN WRIGHT 
 [10:00pm]

JACK WRIGHT  saxophone
BEN WRIGHT  bass

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general cover | first come first serve | arrive early
***$5 (half-price for people who have played the series)

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012

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ALICIA BYER

Alicia Byer is an improviser and and composer based in Southern California. She originally hails from Claremont, holds a BA in music composition from Mills College and is currently pursuing an MM in theory and composition from Cal State Long Beach. Inspirations include nature, culture, and everything in-between.

http://aliciabyer.com/

JACK + BEN WRIGHT

This duo didn’t begin when Ben was in the womb, but it could have, given the close playing between father and son. Many parent musicians find their children are interested in a different music, and that was true for Ben’s teenage years. But for the last twenty years (Ben is 45) they have been on the same path of acoustic improvisation, and have been getting together as regularly as possible, given the distance between them. They recorded for Relative Pitch Records, to be released Jan. 2014: As If Anything Could Be The Same and will tour fourteen cities in the West in Jan.-Feb.

Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 71 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as guitarist Davey Williams called him. His range is from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. For more info go to www.springgardenmusic.com , for sounds https://soundcloud.com/#jackwright and writings jackiswright

Ben Wright from Taos, New Mexico plays double bass. He cut his teeth in Philadelphia punk rock, and has since been working the bass for 25 odd years bolstered by intense spats of incidental formal training. A lover of the lowest frequencies, Ben has explored many disparate forms of music through the bass, yet always returns to the wellspring of improvisation. Currently, Ben plays with “Wind Up Birds”, “Czech Megaphone,” poet John Biscello, Arctistics, Jack Wright, and assorted eclectic partners locally and nationally. “I play music for the bliss of that instant when I lose consciousness of my surroundings, my instrument, and myself… there is only music. That is the crux where spontaneous creation between performers and audience is conceived.”

http://www.springgardenmusic.com/jack-ben-wright.htm

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

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