We had a great pair of concerts and recording session earlier this month, and I’m so grateful to NMUSA and to everyone who came out and supported the music! My collaborators Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss brought the music to life in such incredible ways, different in each performance, and amazingly the technology (not only electronic music but also screen-displayed scores) never failed. The concert at Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares was especially meaningful for me since there were so many friends there who knew and worked with Yusef Lateef, to whom this piece is dedicated, and also because it was great to share this music with the warm community of curious listeners that my friend Glenn Siegel has built up over the years. I’ll be mixing and mastering the music this summer, and will share details about the release once I have them. Many thanks!
Somewhere in the Upstream
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Concert dates for Holyoke, MA and Brooklyn, NY
Hello friends! Here are details on my trio’s upcoming June 2016 performances in Holyoke, MA and Brooklyn, NY, which will both present my composition “Somewhere in the Upstream,” for Yusef Lateef. Hope to see you there!
Michael Dessen Trio with Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss
8pm, Sunday, June 5, 2016
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Praised as a “musician for this moment” in Downbeat Magazine, trombonist Michael Dessen’s electro-acoustic trio with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss has garnered critical acclaim for their unique and exciting performances that integrate live electronics, intricate composition and collective improvisation. In June 2015, the trio will perform a concert and workshops in the Amherst, MA area on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares series, centered around Dessen’s recent composition Somewhere In The Upstream, a work dedicated to and inspired by renowned musician Yusef Lateef, a longtime resident of the area and one of Dessen’s mentors. To extend the project into the community, the trio will do one or more workshops in local schools, sharing their approach to integrating improvisation and technology and highlighting Lateef’s work and impact. Somewhere in the Upstream takes the form of a “scorestream,”an algorithmic, networked composition that is displayed dynamically on computer screens for improvisers to interpret. Shortly after the performance,the trio will record the work in the studio for release on CD.
Start and End Dates
06/05/2016 — 06/15/2016