The Creative Music Series proudly welcomes
the return of Ingrid Laubrock now leading
her (new) Quartet
She’s from Brooklyn (by way of Germany/London) with all-star New York musicians including a legend to be*
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophones, composer
Brandon Seabrook, guitar Michael Formanek, bass Tom Rainey, drums*
Her music straddles the boundaries of improvisation, new music and avant-jazz. This new quartet consists of New York City-based musicians who have all made a huge impact as composers, performers and improvisers in their own right. It’s a cast of innovative performers who are specialized in experimental music and constantly look for fresh avenues to create truly new music.
Ingrid Laubrock: Downbeat (Jazz) Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Soprano Saxophone (2015). Rising Star Tenor Saxophone (2018) and Herb Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Composition 2019. Her orchestral piece “Vogelfrei” was named one of the 25 best classical tracks of 2018 by the NY Times.
“There are not many composers who are ready to accommodate, codify or even conduct free and often chaotic improvisations within their thoroughly-notated and disciplined work. And there are very few improvisers-composers who have the far-reaching and cross-border vision that enable a unique and seamless blend of composition, conduction and improvisation”
This exciting freewheeling, free-playing, ear-stretching, mind-expanding set from composer / guitarist Brandon Seabrook strives for new ground in music—a hybrid of modern classical idioms and experimental jazz. All About Jazz “Convulsionaries” release.
Seabrook Power Plant, the nuclear trio donned “a manic clusterfuck of merciless banjo torture” by the Village Voice, is Brandon’s brainchild, blending the brutal energy of punk-rock with the intricate execution of through-composed avant jazz.
Michael Formanek (b. 1958) is an acclaimed bassist, composer and band-leader, who has toured with Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard. The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York’s creative jazz scene since the ’90s when he led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne’s barnstorming quartet Bloodcount. He is currently a member of Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Formanek’s Elusion Quartet features Tony Malaby, Kris Davis and Ches Smith.
Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz: “A superlative composer and improviser, Formanek has produced his masterpiece to date with Small Places. His career is still robust so more exquisite opuses are, hopefully, yet to come.”
Tom Rainey is one of the most creative, in demand drummers in Jazz. He has recorded with: John Abercrombie, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kris Davis, and many others. Since 2010, Rainey has released six recordings as a leader, 4 with his trio featuring Laubrock and Mary Halvorson and two with his Quintet.
Thomas “Tom” Rainey (born 1957, Santa Barbara, California). After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has also played with jazz saxophonist and composer Tim Berne, and also with Nels Cline, and many more..