Epistrophy Arts and Astral Spirits present
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (Chicago)
Mike Reed (drums), Josh Abrams (bass), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Tomeka Reid (cello), Greg Ward (alto sax)
Wednesday Oct. 1 8PM
Museum of Human Achievement (Springdale and Lyons)
(Lyons and Springdale) MAP
epistrophyarts (at) gmail (dot) com
$10 all ages admission, tickets available at the door.
Epistrophy Arts and Astral Spirits join forces to present a rare and intimate concert with one of the most exciting bands of the fertile Chicago underground jazz scene.
Called “one of Chicago’s most sublime Jazz outfits” by Time Out Chicago, Loose Assembly features alto saxophonist Greg Ward, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, cellist Tomeka Reid and bassist Josh Abrams.
Mike Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. He has performed regularly with local luminaries such as Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, and Rob Mazurek, as well as Chicago Jazz legends Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester and Art Hoyle. As a performer he tours extensively in Europe and South America. While performing in a variety of projects locally, nationally and internationally, Reed also leads two widely acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. Reed was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the 57th annualDownbeat critics poll was distinguished as “Rising Jazz Star”. (People, Places & Things also named as “Rising Jazz Group”.) Reed has also established himself as a leading producer of musical performances and advocate for the performing arts. He is one of the main organizers for Umbrella Music, a five member team presenting weekly Jazz and Improvised music at various Chicago venues (approximating 280 sets of music per year as well as an accompanying festival). A fresh addition to the historical collective known as the AACM, Reed was named Vice Chairman in the spring of 2009.
"Alto, vibes, cello and bass makes up the contingent, but there's nothing loose about these assemblages; It's tight as a wheelnut." — Brian Morton, The Wire
"…features Reed joined by four of Chicago's most impressive young musicians. Adasiewicz's shimmering vibes and Reid's sonorous cello lend an effervescent aura to the session's stately air, while Ward alternates pugnacious intervals with keening lyricism. Abrams' sinewy, rooted bass and the leader's carefree, yet nuanced polyrhythms provide an elastic undercurrent that veers from painterly rubato accents to intricate time signatures. An exceptional percussionist, Reed provides unwavering forward momentum even while engaged in pithy call-and-response with soloists." — Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com
Since the 1980's, merely paying tribute to history has become one of the worst blemishes on jazz recording; you could tile your bathroom with dreary, uninspired records that aim to honor Miles…Coltrane…Monk… and so on, which nail the notes but miss the spirit by a country mile. Chicago drummer Mike Reed leads two bands that deal with the past and get it right. Not only have he and his cohorts done their homework by learning the idioms and ideas… they've worked to reconcile what they've learned with their knowledge of contemporary ways. These ensembles don't simply re-create; they create.” — Bill Meyer,DownBeat
"The group's performance is impressive - like the source material, it communicates a stark political edge without words - but the choice in repertory is impeccable. "Garvey's Ghost," from Roach's 1961 album Percussion Bitter Sweet, is the kind of underused gem that's neither standard nor overtly obscure - a dead-on pick by a genuine musical bon vivant." — Evan Haga, NPR
"Despite its unusual lineup, Loose Assembly is one of Reed's more regular outlets and, accordingly, has a bubbling, organic chemistry. On its second album, the Assembly breezes through music as diverse as a cover of Ethiopian vibraphonist Mulata Astatqe (airy and light, with a chugging Afro-Asian groove) and vaguely blues-drenched meditations, such as Reed's 'Picking Up Greta.'" — Matthew Lurie, Time Out Chicago
"…a well-designed collection of hook-filled tunes and atmospheric interludes… a few more recordings like Last Year's Ghost and Mike Reed will be in the first rank of living American bandleaders." — Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure
"…a wonderfully unique debut from one of Chicago's great young scenesters. Anyone with an interest in Chicago's vibrant creative music community should not hesitate…" — Jay Collins, Cadence
"Alternating between short, mostly improvised pieces focused on texture and gestural interplay and fully realized tunes—from elegant ballads with long, lilting melodies to blistering free bop that recalls Chicago's soulful jazz past - it's a collection of raw beginnings and satisfying conclusions. Reed and bassist Josh Abrams lay down propulsive grooves, over which vibist Jason Adasiewicz floats spiky harmonic patterns; this gives alto saxophonist Greg Ward and cellist Tomeka Reid plenty to work with once they break out of their unison melodic lines and turn to improvising. Ward in particular sounds terrific, balancing gorgeous lyric shapes with tightly coiled multiphonic screams." — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader Critic's Choice
"… a perfect balance between unfettered creativity and formal aesthetics… merges the austere reverence of chamber music with the scalding intensity of Chicago's historically ebullient free jazz, making a case for the re-evaluation of commonly held geographic prejudices. Although conventional wisdom dictates New York as the center of the jazz world, documents like this beg to differ." — Troy Collins, All About Jazz
"… Loose Assembly hits the mark. This Chicago group, celebrating the release of its fine new album, makes delicately crafted, subtle jazz that serves as a refreshing alternative to the Chicago skronking norm." — Time Out Chicago
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com
About Epistrophy Arts:
Epistrophy Arts is a grass-roots cultural organization dedicated to presenting the finest in adventurous and improvised music in Austin, Texas. Since January of 1998 we have presented over 70 concerts with living legends, unsung heroes and rising talents in the field
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$10 all ages admission. tickets available at the door
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through
the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division
believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
About Epistrophy Arts:
Epistrophy Arts is a grass-roots cultural organization dedicated to
presenting the finest in adventurous and improvised music in Austin, Texas.
Since January of 1998 we have presented over 70 concerts with living
legends, unsung heroes and rising talents in the field of adventurous music.