Friday, October 10th, 2014
Boom Tic Boom w Allison Miller - Myra Melford - Todd Sickafoose - Kirk Knuffke - Jenny Scheinman
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Drummer/composer Allison Miller presents a special night of original music showcasing her regularly touring band, Boom Tic Boom. This leading-edge quintet’s music—featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Miller on drums—is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing. It thrives on surprises spawned from collective improvisation and projects a vast array of tonal colors, rhythmic and harmonic shape-shifts and rich emotions. Miller will be premiering new original works as well as music from her most recent release, No Morphine, No Lilies (4.5 stars/Best of 2013- Downbeat Magazine) and BOOM TIC BOOM (“Top 10 Jazz Album of 2010-LA Times).
Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Hailing from a robust Washington DC Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in groove and improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Allison has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll. Miller’s band, Boom Tic Boom, features her compositions and is a 2014 recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz” grant. All three of her band’s commercial releases (No Morphine No Lilies, Live at Willisau, and Boom Tic Boom,) have been met with critical acclaim winning coveted placement in “Top 10 Jazz Album” lists, including, Downbeat, LA Times, Jazz Journalist Assoc., and Something Else. The band has been featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series with Bob Boilen, “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and “The Checkout: Live” with Josh Jackson. “No Morphine No Lilies demonstrates that her (Allison Miller) craftiness as a percussionist is met by her ingenuity as a composer and group conceptualist.” -The New Yorker
Boom Tic Boom is also appearing at The Outpost in Albuquerque on Oct 9th, 2014 at 7:30. http://www.outpostspace.org/
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Mandolin Workshop w Sharon Gilchrist
11 to 4PM (w 1 hour break)
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Santa Fe New Mexico
This workshop is for any mandolin player looking to further their experience of the instrument. Topics discussed will be pulling tone from the instrument, how to work on timing and groove, understanding your fretboard better through double stops, arpeggios and chord inversions, applying these aspects of musicianship to at least a couple of pieces of music and ideas on how to practice.
Sharon Gilchrist is a mandolin and upright bass player, singer, song-writer based out of the Bay Area in California. She has concentrated mostly in bluegrass and new acoustic music and has performed and recorded with many of the folks who helped create those genres including Darol Anger, John Reischmann, Scott Nygaard, Bill Evans and the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet. She has taught mandolin for fifteen years privately, in music camps around the nation and taught at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design for seven years.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet - Gary Versace - Mark Helias - Nashee
7:30 PM - GiG Special Event!!
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Jazz Times magazine says Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops" and calls his music "as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets.” Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. But after taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded seven albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical. Jazz Times named This Against That's debut outing one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and in 2010, Alessi released “Cognitive Dissonance” which received a 4 star review from Downbeat magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. In 2013, Ralph will release two records, a quartet recording on ECM records featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAMJazz with Fred Hersch.
Featuring some of the most in-demand creative voices on the international jazz scene the Baida Quartet is an absolute must see event at GiG this fall!
The Baida Quartet is also appearing in Albuquerque at The Outpost on Oct.30th.