Thursday, February 18, 2010

Improvised music, CD release party at BloomBars on Sunday

If you're looking for something cultural this weekend, check out art space BloomBars at 3222 11th Street NW (next to Wonderland). They're having an improvisational performance by Artist-in-Bloom Resident Fellow guitarist Gary Prince and with visiting soprano saxophonist Kate Olson, in honor of their recent release "Improvised Duets." Here's the group's site, and more on the album and the event:
Recorded over three days in May 2008, all of the music on the album was created without any predetermined musical qualities, moods, or goals. To quote from the liner notes by flugelhornist and educator Ed Sarath: ?Transcending instrumental roles?where the saxophone sometimes upholds a rhythmic function and the guitar becomes a timbral vehicle ?the music at once embodies inward, contemplative qualities while not shying away from highly energetic excursions? Not often are artists able to sustain creative vitality while moving through diverse stylistic and structural regions?. Active members of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), Gary and Kate have led their own ensembles at both the 2008 and 2009 events in Denver and Santa Cruz respectively.

Kiernan McMullan will be opening, and several other BloomBars artists may perform as well. Artist Dion Jacob will be present as well improvising a painting along to the music.

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