Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend Jazz Congress at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This conference brings together musicians, artists, producers, engineers, academics, and others that have a deep connection to the music we all call jazz.
As is often the case with any conference, there was a lot of disagreement over definitions — what is swing, what is jazz, what role does the music have in the current music industry. In the end, I am not as interested in crafting an all-clad definition about what jazz is. I am much more interested exploring what is possible, and working these ideas out on the bandstand.
One of the first projects I set for myself last fall when I arrived in New York was create spaces for this type of work to take place. The Music Underground series is my first effort on this front. Each month, I am bringing together a diverse collection of musicians and like-minded audience members who are interested in exploring the possibilities of this music together.
Each evening will feature three (or more) musicians from different geographies and musical backgrounds. We will each offer a short solo performance, and then collaborate on an ensemble set. The January concert brings together musicians that span the country, and the globe. I hope to see you there!
Rockwood Music Hall (185 Orchard Street, btw E Houston & Stanton)
$15 cover (http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1804243)
Tim Peck is an American composer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY, where he has been an in-demand collaborator with artists from all genres and disciplines. As a composer, Tim explores the contemporary conversational possibilities between genres.
Adam Tinkle is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar interested in immersion, transformation and the audio-visionary. Trained in music at Wesleyan and UC San Diego (his teachers have included Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Charles Curtis, and Pauline Oliveros), he now also works in sound design, intermedia, performance, and participatory/collaborative modalities.
Young Steinway Artist, Indian pianist / composer UTSAV LAL, known as the ‘Raga Pianist’ has set a precedent with his innovative handling of Indian Classical music. Full artist details on www.utsavlal.com.