Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ACMS Presents the Bennewitz Quartet Thursday (2/25/16)

Bennewitz Quartet
photo by Pavel Ovsík 
The Auburn Chamber Music Society (Facebook page) will host the Bennewitz Quartet ( Thursday night (2/25) at 7:30 at AU's Goodwin Hall. My friend and the Society's co-president, Virginia Transue, is crazy about this group and says it will be amazing.

Click here for the event page on the AU Music Calendar, but the ACMS Facebook page will have more info.

From the Opelika-Auburn News: Bennewitz Quartet to perform in Auburn by Tonya Ponds.

The bio excerpt below is from the group's website.


The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions – Osaka in 2005 and Prémio Paolo Borciani, Italy in 2008, but also by the acclaim of the critics. As early as 2006, the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: "... the music was remarkable not just for its clarity of structure, but for the beautiful tonal palette and purity of intonation in its execution. Only very rarely does one experience such skilfully crafted and powerful harmonies... Great art."

The quartet currently performs at major venues both in the Czech Republic and abroad (Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, The Frick Collection New York, Seoul Art Center, Rudolfinum and others), and is regularly invited to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Luzerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, and the Prague Spring. Read more.

Sundilla Presents Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie 3/4/16

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Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie
A pair of Sundilla favorites will take the stage together when Cliff Eberhardt and his special guest Louise Mosrie come to town on Friday, March 4. Showtime at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is 7:30; admission at the door will be $18, but advance tickets are just $15 and can be found at Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at Free coffee, tea and water will be available, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

Eberhardt has run the musical gamut from being a founding member of the Fast Folk Music Cooperative of New York City in the 1980s to writing and performing Shakespeare. His contemporary compositions are deep, honest and sung with rich emotional vocals and appeal to a wide audience. His music is a rich mélange of pop, rock and folk styles...

...Louise Mosrie grew up in the small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings – riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she “borrowed” her brother’s Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs. The early material was mostly acoustic pop as she tried to channel her English roots while listening to Everything But the Girl and The Sundays. Read more.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Interview: New Orleans Improvising Trombonist Jeff Albert

My previous post tells about the improvised music events I'm involved in this week. At right is the short version (4:50) of my interview with Jeff Albert for more about what he and drummer Dave Capello will be doing, and about what they'll be doing with Cullars Improvisational Rotation (Cullars's SoundCloud feed).

>>> Here is the link to the full interview (34:26). <<<

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Orleans Improvisors To Visit Auburn and Columbus, 2/11 and 2/12/2016

Photo credit goes to Ujan
Mukhopadhyay (left 3) and Zack
 (right 2). Poster design by
Brennen Reece.
My last post, "Improvised Post about Improvised Music Events, 2/11-2/12/2016," gave you all the facts about the upcoming improvised music events in Auburn and Columbus, but I'll organize them here. My next post, "Interview: New Orleans Improvising Trombonist Jeff Albert," includes an interview of one of the New Orleans players involved in these events. You'll come out because you like improvised music, you like free or adventurous jazz*, or you want to (or are willing to) witness me and some other Auburn players taking some risks. We could use your support.

February 11, 2016
noon-1:00 pm CT // A Little Lunch Music // Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art // trombonist Jeff Albert with drummer Dave Capello // free concert // event page // Jeff's website // Jeff & Dave's CD

5-8 pm CT // Jazz! Food! Art! // Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art // Jeff Albert and Dave Capello with Cullars Improvisational Rotation // no cover // event page // Cullars's Soundcloud page

February 12, 2016
7-9 pm ET // Jazz at the Loft // The Loft (Columbus, GA) // Jeff Albert and Dave Capello with Cullars Improvisational Rotation // no cover // event page on The Loft's website not yet live as of this post

The Visiting New Orleans Improvisors

Jeff Albert
Photo by Zack Smith.
Jeff Albert is a musician, music technologist, and educator. He was named a Rising Star Trombonist in the Downbeat Critics Polls each year from 2011-2015, and performs regularly in the New Orleans area, and throughout the US and Europe. In 2013, the Paris-based record label Rogue Art released his CD, The Tree on the Mound, which features Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, and Joshua Abrams.

In addition to leading the Jeff Albert Quartet, Jeff is a member of Hamid Drake’s Bindu-Reggaeology band, and co-led the Lucky 7s with fellow trombonist Jeb Bishop. Jeff has performed with many great improvisers, including Georg Graewe, Tobias Delius, Dave Rempis, Jeff Parker, and many others. He has been a member of the bands of New Orleans greats George Porter and Wardell Querzergue, backed artists like Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt, and performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Orleans Opera.

He is an Assistant Professor of Music Industry Technology at Loyola University New Orleans, and in May of 2013, he became the first graduate of the PhD program in Experimental Music and Digital Media at Louisiana State University. Jeff’s areas of research include the intersections of improvisation and technology, performance paradigms for live computer music, and audio pedagogy. Jeff is the founder and chief instigator of the Open Ears Music Series, and writes the blog Scratch My Brain.

Dave Capello
Photo by Zack Smith.
Dave Cappello moved to New Orleans from New York in the early 1990s, and has been an integral part of the creative music scene ever since, working with some of the city’s most adventurous musicians, including Jonathan Freilich, Rob Cambre, Jimbo Walsh and Helen Gillet.

Before coming to New Orleans, Dave was a member of the Bern Nix Trio with William Parker, and worked with some of the greats in the New York scene, like Steven Bernstein and Steve Swell. Dave is also an active writer, with a new book forthcoming from the University of Louisiana Lafayette Press.

*I shy away from calling modern improvised music free jazz, but it comes from that lineage, and most of these guys have a jazz background that will no doubt make itself known during the shows.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Improvised Post about Improvised Music Events, 2/11-2/12/2016

I'm posting this post stream of consciousness. To make a point. That we will be performing improvised music on February 11th and 12 and Auburn Alabama and Columbus Georgia. When I say we I mean the group that I am in cullars improvisational rotation. Return can I return? Know. As I speak into my phone this post, I see I don't know a command for carriage return on the screen. But it's not only the group that I'm in cullars improvisational rotation, it is also to improvising musicians from New Orleans, Louisiana. Their names? Jeff Albert and Dave Capello. On February 11th we will play with them on not on but at the jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 5 to 8. Now, I don't know if that will be 3 hours of improvised music, but there will be improvised music, and there will be the sounds of our trio mama and combined and this will be combined with the sounds of Jeff and Dave. Then, on February 12th we will be at the loft in Columbus Georgia. That show will be 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The Auburn show will, of course, be Central Time. But wait there's more. Even before the first collaborative show that I mentioned kama Jeff and Dave will be performing as a duo for a little lunch music at the museum on Thursday February 11th from noon to 1 o'clock p.m. That is again central time, and the concert is free. They will perform in the auditorium. The two of them have made a new album of strictly improvised music on the breakfast4dinner label. And they have also just released another album with a bassist, whose name I don't remember right now standing in a playground outside my child elementary school making this post.  I have played with Jeff, though it has been a very long time. We were in college at Loyola University studying together. We played mostly jazz, and rock and roll gigs around town. Jeff has gone on to do great things in the improvised music world, & I mean worldwide players like, Hamid Drake and many others. My group, colors spelled wrong there but should be spelled cullars improvisational rotation has improvisational tendencies and will occasionally improvise outside of normal jazz improvisational solos, but this will be new for us and we are looking forward to the experience and how it might affect the way that we continue to make music together. I want include any links or anything in this post just to keep it relatively pure, though I did have to make an edit or earlier just for accuracy sake. The next post in on this blog will be a link or an embedded video of me interviewing Jeff about improvise music and about his visit. I will also put more information in there these are the links to good information about to these people are White are coming up here and what we'll be doing. Did you happen to be white but the word White popped up there in my voice recognition interface, and is not relevant to the events discussed here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sundilla Presents Celtic Band RUNA Friday (2/5/16)

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We don’t get to use terms like “super-group” as much as we’re able, but February’s offering changes that. RUNA ( is quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, and they’ll be showing us why when they appear at Sundilla on Friday, February 5. Showtime at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is 7:30; admission at the door will be $15, advance tickets are just $12 and can be found at Spicer’s Music, Blooming Colors, and online at

RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song. Read more...