Some of the most exciting music to cross the Atlantic in recent memory, saxophonist Espen Reinertsen and trumpeter Eivind Lonning are part of the bright young generation of Norwegian improvisors. The two play high energy "acoustic noise" music maybe more evocative of a summer's evening in the country, then their traditional trumpet/sax duo might suggest possible. This is the result of a totally fresh approach to their instrumental technique - Listeners will find great new territories of sonic landscape opened before them.
Also on this evening are performances by Shot x Shot's percussionist Dan Cappechi, joined by marimbist Ashley Deekus, and West Philadelphia Orchestra trumpeter Dawn Webster; plus a jazz-leaning trio of Dan Blacksberg (trombone), Matt Mitchell (piano), and Dan Pell (percussion).
Streifenjunko makes vigorous music with the rare instrumentation of tenor saxophone and trumpet. Espen Reinertsen and Eivind Lnning apply uncommon instrumental techniques to project a spacious sound with nothing else around. Streifenjunko has collaborated with a lot of exciting musicians, like Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshi Nakamura, Christian Wallumrd, Sidsel Endresen and video artist Kjell Bjrgeengen. The quartet Akiyama/Taxt/Lnning/Reinertsen recently released the album "Varianter av dde trr" on Sofa, and Streifenjunko now presents their debut album "No Longer Burning" on the same label. Streifenjunko has over the last couple of years toured Asia, Africa and Europe, and festival performances includes Fri Resonans and Phonofestivalen in Norway, On the Edge of Wrong Festival in South Africa and Moers Festival in Germany.
Dan Blacksberg - trombone
Dan Pell - percussion
Matt Mitchell - piano
lpsanuul is an improvising ensemble of three Philadelphia area musicians who are extending the range of their instruments. These musicians combine their knowledge in the fields of jazz, imporvised as well as many other musical styles to play from a place of deep intuitive connection, eschewing the well traveled sonic paths that have become what we know as improvised music. Rather than a music of no style, no idiom, this is a music that allows the musicians to explore diversity of their backgrounds in a sonic environment where the boundries are created or destroyed in the moment.
Dan Pell lives in Philadelphia. He is is influenced by many musical styles and musicians including Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Captain Beefheart, and Soft Machine.
Matt Mitchell Since moving to Philadelphia in 1999, Matt Mitchell has pursued an interest in the intersections of both composed and improvised music and of 'classical', 'jazz', and electronic music, performing consistently throughout the United States and Europe. His most recent recording, the large-scale electroacoustic piece 'vapor squint, antique chromatic', was released on Scrapple in 2007 to uniformly positive reviews. In addition to being a current member of Tim Berne's Adobe Probe, he has performed with a number of musicians including Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik, Shane Endsley, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Josh Roseman, and John Swana, as well as being a former member of the avant-rock band Thinking Plague. He is also a faculty member with the Brooklyn, NY based School for Improvisational Music [SIM].
Plays and Players began in 1911 at the Art Alliance as a social club devoted to expanding and developing new theater experiences for and by its membership. Primarily, members commissioned works to be written and performed for charitable purposes. The first President, Maud Durbin Skinner, was the wife of the famed American actor, Otis Skinner, who performed upon the Delancey Street stage during its early history. Many other theatrical greats have acted here over the years including the Barrymores, John Drew, and Kevin Bacon. Plays and Players is very likely the community theater on which Philadelphia playwright George Kelly based his slapstick comedy “The Torch Bearers”. It is also the theater where the acclaimed Broadway play, “Stalag 17”, premiered.
In the 1960's, Plays and Players decided to "go public" and opened its productions to the entire community. In the 70's the Plays and Players Children's Theater was added to the busy schedule. Once an exclusive club, Plays & Players grew into a company in which local artists young and old practiced and performed their craft. In 2011-2012, Plays & Players will celebrate its 100th season of local and community focused performance in Philadelphia. A historic company existing in a vibrant modern arts scene, Plays & Players continues to change and grow with the times, all the while keeping an eye on its rich and powerful past.