An evening of experimental sounds and textures with Peter Wetzler, Chris Anderson and Brian Farmer
MFM member Peter Wetzler is an award winning composer-musician-music director scoring for film, theatre and television with a uniquely diverse musical background. While classically trained in piano Peter was guest soloist with symphonies at an early age and studied conducting and composition at Princeton and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
From Europe he moved into jazz and non-western music having played in gamelan and avante garde ensembles and writing music for post- modern choreographers such as Bill T Jones, David Dorfman and Susan Marshall and touring Europe and North America with Laura Dean. The strong rhythmic drive of his music blended with the raw experimental influence of the “downtown” New York City music scene has made his style much sought after for unique film and television scoring ranging from animation and films featured at MOMA and PBS Great Performances to National Geographic’s permanent multimedia installation in Washington DC.
Later highlights include conducting the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a live performance of his score to Anezka Sebek’s film “Landfill” at the Hudson Valley Film Festival (along with Brian Farmer!) and Isabel Barton’s film “Julie of the Spirits” at the Woodstock Film Festival.
Peter scored his first feature film “The Warboy” in Toronto in 1984 and performed at the Music Gallery, Gladstone Hotel and Arraymusic while living in Toronto. His ensemble “The Repeatos” opened the 2007 Baltimore Jazz Festival and played in Toronto’s “Ambient Ping” series.
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Wetzler has been active in the burgeoning new music scene in Kingston pioneered by Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening Space” and his own church buildings that housed “The Center for Arts and Technology”. As the first recipient of Kingston’s “Distinguished Artist Award”
Peter has curated the MAD (Midtown Arts District) Summer Festival of the Arts and first met Chris Anderson when he joined the Catskill Mountain Gamelan in 2013 and wrote “First Love” for gamelan and accordion in honor of Pauline Oliveros. Wetzler and Anderson recently performed on Anderson’s homemade instruments @ The Hudson Basilica Ambient Series.
Brian Farmer is a musician and composer with a 40 year history in a diverse array of artistic and musical contexts including working and studying with roots Apala master Bisiriyu Atunrase in Ikorodu Nigeria, Musical Director for Arm of the Sea Theater, Co-Founder of world beat group FutuFutu, Drummer and percussionist with Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Ensemble and Co-founder of Big Sky Ensemble. Since 2008 he has shifted his work to more solo and duo work with ambient and nature based music making, often combining found sound recordings, the sounds of his home farm, random electronics and a deeply detuned telecaster. He has released released multiple records on his Bodhi Bridge Music label. www.bodhibridgemusic.bandcamp.com
Chris Andersen is a musician, musical instrument maker and designer. He currently is building marimbas, various percussion instruments and experimental pieces in Kingston New York. Recently he has been working on glass instruments inspired by the work of Ernst Chladni and the French Baschet brothers. Chris also introduced the steel pan to Bali 15 years ago. He created the company Bali steel pan, which now sell their hand pan instruments internationally. www.balisteelpan.com
Tenor saxophonist Ray Blue enjoys his WORK, creating a straight-ahead jazz set filled with warm melodies.
A Well-Balanced Program Of Originals, Standards And Tunes By Nat Adderley, Jimmy Smith And George Coleman
The New York based tenor saxophonist and MFM member Ray Blue, who has a deep tone and a melodic style, is featured on WORK, a set of accessible yet quietly creative music. The program mixes together three of his originals with surprising versions of standards and lesser known but superior jazz songs. He and Randy Klein, head of Jazzheads Music Group, worked diligently to achieve the appealing Old School feel and sound that Blue’s listeners want to hear.
Blue teams up with three pianists (Sharp Radway, Kirk Lightsey and Benito Gonzalez), guitarist Jeff Barone, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, drummer Steve Johns and, on three songs apiece, the rambunctious trombonist Ron Wilkins and percussionist Neil Clark. Starting with the exuberant “Work,” the program includes such surprises as an uptempo transformation of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” two versions of “That’s All” (including a duet with pianist Lightsey), a playful rendition of “Don’t Know Why,” and a cooking “Everything Happens To Me” which is normally taken as a slow ballad. Blue, displaying a large tone that almost sounds like a baritone in spots, is heard at his best on his original ballad “My Friend And I Took A Walk” and “Our Day Will Come” which benefits from a shuffle rhythm. Trombonist Wilkins is quite boisterous on Nat Adderley’s soulful “Sweet Emma,” the Jimmy Smith minor blues “Mellow Mood,” and George Coleman’s “Amsterdam After Dark.” Another highpoint is Blue’s “Attitude” which, after an energized and surprising melody, becomes a hot swinger that features the composer.
Ray Blue has been an important saxophonist for the past 20 years, leading his own CDs on a regular basis since 2001. Among those who he has worked with through the years have been John Gilmore, Art Davis, Ted Curson, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Harold Mabern, Kirk Lightsey and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The saxophonist, who has appeared at many international jazz festivals, has also been an influential educator and is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a non-profit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance and education.
WORK is one of Ray Blue’s most enjoyable outings to date, a melodic set that will appeal to a large audience, especially those who enjoy the Old School swinging jazz style and sound.
RAY BLUE QUINTET:
Ray Blue – Saxophone
Sharp Radway – Piano
Santi DiBriano – Bass
Alvester Garnett – Drums
Neil Clarke – Percussion