Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste Chosen for French-American Exchange Program

Posted by: Russell on November 19, 2014 @ 5:54 pm
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Dave Douglas and French pianist Frank Woeste are 1 of 5 selected duos to take part in the French-American Jazz exchange program. The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships.

French pianist Frank Woeste will collaborate with trumpeter Dave Douglas to create a new repertoire for a jazz quartet comprised of trumpet, bass, piano, and drums based on the work of Man Ray, the influential American modern artist who was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century. Influenced by Ray’s works known as “readymades,” which were pieces created out of ordinary, everyday objects, the project, entitled, “The Art of Reinvention,” will include time for composition and rehearsals followed by a recording session in New York.

Here are some words about the program from Greenleaf Music Chief Officer, Dave Douglas:

The French American Jazz Exchange is the kind of crazy idea that miraculously erupts in crazy new music! I am so grateful to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the other organizations involved in making these musical dreams a reality. This is a project that should occur across all sorts of boundaries geographical, political, and human.

Look at the projects this year alone: Nicole Mitchell with Sylvan Kassap, Steve Lehman with Maciek Lasserre, Somi with Herve Samb, and Yosvany Terry with Baptiste Trotignon. My project this year will be a new collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste. Our project will be in dedication to French American surrealist, Man Ray. We will produce new music for a quartet including Matt Brewer, bass, and Clarence Penn, drums. I met Frank when I was introduced to him in another French-sponsored project, a collaboration with Ibrahim Maalouf.

We are both writing music now. Man Ray is a rich font of inspiration, and the cross-cultural aspects of his program speak to both Frank and myself.


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Dave Douglas & Uri Caine at SubCulture December 16

Posted by: Russell on November 17, 2014 @ 10:53 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas

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We’re happy to announce that Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas will be performing with pianist Uri Caine at SubCulture on December 16th. They’ll be performing music from their 2014 release Present Joys. Don’t miss this rare New York City appearance by this fantastic duo! Get your tickets here.


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Dave Douglas Jazz Workshop: Composition, Rehearsal, Improvisation

Posted by: Russell on November 13, 2014 @ 3:26 pm
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Join renowned composer and bandleader Dave Douglas in an intimate setting for a workshop focused on drawing out the essence of working with your band. Learn important insights into the process of composing for small ensembles and rehearsing them effectively in order to create a focused, fun and dynamic environment for improvisation. RSVP by December 3rd to workshop@greenleafmusic.com, there are limited spots available! See details below.

Price: $75
December 7, 2014
1 – 4 PM
Michiko Studios – Stage Room
149 West 46th Street (map)
New York, NY
RSVP by December 3: workshop@greenleafmusic.com


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 26: Kirk Knuffke

Posted by: Russell on November 10, 2014 @ 10:43 am
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2The ANFTD team often gets nerdy about music but here they go truly deep into the world of brass geekdom with cornetist/composer Kirk Knuffke.  Funny stories of Louis Armstrong, Bill Goodwin, Jim McNeely and Enrico Rava as Dave and Michael ask Kirk about his approach to playing and composing music.

 

 

Music featured on this episode:

  • Kettle - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Bruise - Ron Miles w/Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, “Quiver” (Enja)
  • Chorale – Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Good Good - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Root - Kirk Knuffke Trio w/Mark Helias and Bill Goodwin, (release pending)
  • Pepper - Kirk Knuffke Trio w/Mark Helias and Bill Goodwin, (release pending)
  • School - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Jesus Maria - Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow “1961” (ECM)
  • West End Blues-Louis Armstrong, “Hot Fives and Sevens” (Definitive)
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Sound Prints on Tour in Europe

Posted by: Russell on November 6, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh

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Sound Prints, the acclaimed band co-led by Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano is set to begin a European tour next week!  Now’s your chance to catch this great band, featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron, as they play a mix of Douglas and Lovano originals as well as new compositions written by Wayne Shorter. See the dates below!

WED 12 NOV
Auditori de Barcelona / Barcelona, ES
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THU 13 NOV
Theatre Des Louvrais / Pontoise, FR
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FRI 14 NOV
Reithalle im KulturForum / Offenburg, FR
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SAT 15 NOV
Bielskie Centrum Kultury / Bielsko-Biała, PL
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SUN 16 NOV
Jazzclub Unterfahrt / Munich, DE
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MON 17 NOV
Moods im Shiffbau / Zürich, CH
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TUE 18 NOV
Sala Sinopoli / Roma, IT
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THU 20 NOV
Copenhagen Jazz House / Copenhagen, DK
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FRI 21 NOV
National Jazz Scene / Oslo, NO
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SAT 22 NOV
Nefertiti Jazzklubb / Göteborg, SE
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SUN 23 NOV
Barbican Centre / London, UK
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