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The 5th Season of BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN Continues With MICHAEL FORMANEK
(Published: October 13, 2011)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONNECTION WORKS
PRESENTS The 5th SEASON OF
BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN
@ The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is located at 58 Seventh Ave (at Lincoln Place), Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, Tel 718 622 3300, reduced admission! Tkts are now $10

NEXT Concert of the 2011-2012 season

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 8:00 PM

MICHAEL FORMANEK - Solo bass

plus

WORKS featuring special guest,
MICHAEL FORMANEK

Michel Gentile - flute
Daniel Kelly - piano
Michael Formanek - bass
Rob Garcia - drums


The evening will also include "Musical Dialogues",
a conversation with Mr. Formanek


"the downtown scene has established an outpost in Brooklyn . . . where local practitioners are presenting a music so diverse and eclectic it doesn't even fit under the general umbrella of avant-garde." - The Wall Street Journal

"the concerts always feature top-flight artists . . . exciting, community-based stuff" - Jazziz Magazine

"Celebrate music by being a part of the concert series that 'Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open' provides for the community at large!!! We need each other to carry on... Sounds & Feelings" - jazz legend Joe Lovano

"Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open is not just another concert series. One of the elements that makes it special-for both the audience and the musicians-is that artists are invited to discuss their process and answer questions as they arise. This creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere in which the barriers between audience and performers are removed and true understanding and appreciation can take place." - Eileen Willis, Metropolitan Museum of Art


This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by JPMorgan-Chase, all administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) as well as funding from Meet the Composer.



November 5 - Michael Formanek's singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations. During his thirty-plus year career, he has played and/or recorded with Elvis Costello, Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Mintzer, Fred Hersch, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, George Coleman, Jane Ira Bloom, Bob Moses, Gunther Schuller, Peter Erskine, Joe and Matt Maneri, Gary Thomas, Harold Danko, Dave Burrell, Joe Lovano, and many others.

Composition also plays a significant role in Formanek's overall musical profile, and four albums of his original music, Wide Open Spaces, Extended Animation, Low Profile and Nature Of The Beast have been released to critical acclaim on the Enja label. Am I Bothering You, a recording of solo bass performances made for Tim Berne's Screwgun label, has firmly established itself as an important contribution to that genre. Formanek produced or co-produced all of these recordings and among the featured musicians are Greg Osby, Tim Berne, Mark Feldman, Dave Douglas, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Krantz, and Jim Black. Formanek received Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant for 2000-2001 to compose a new piece for the Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo, which was recently performed in Philadelphia as part of the Chamber Music America Encore program for 2007. Formanek was commissioned to compose an original piece for the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Conservatory. The piece, The Open Book for jazz soloists with orchestra, was premiered at Peabody in February of 2007, and featured members of the Peabody Jazz Orchestra and the full Peabody Concert Orchestra under the direction of Hajime Teri Murai.

In 2010 Michael Formanek's first CD as a leader and composer in more than a decade was released on the ECM label. The Rub and Spare Change features the amazing group of Tim Berne on saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, and Formanek on bass, and has received numerous accolades including Five Stars in Down Beat Magazine, and a place on many best CD's of 2010 lists. As a result the Michael Formanek Quartet toured Europe in April of 2011, and continues to perform whenever possible in the US and elsewhere.


# # # #


UPCOMING BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN CONCERTS:

December 3 - Marty Ehrlich w/WORKS

January 14 - H-alpha featuring Briggan Krauss - alto saxophone, Ikue Mori - laptop, and Jim Black - drums, plus WORKS Trio

February 11 - Daniel Kelly "Rakonto" featuring Yoon Sun Choi - Voice, Rez Abbasi - Guitar, Daniel Kelly - Piano, David Ambrosio - Bass, Satoshi Takeishi - Drums

A commission from New York State Council on the Arts and Flushing Town Hall. World premiere by jazz pianist/composer Daniel Kelly that incorporates recorded interviews with Flushing community members on the topics of daily life, culture & immigration. Rakonto (story in Esperanto) uses these personal histories as the basis for an imaginative ode to the people of Flushing. Daniel is joined by an international ensemble of world-class musicians

March 10 - TBA

April 21 - Chamber Orchestra with WORKS

May 19 - Dave Liebman with WORKS


Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. www.connectionworks.org



PRESS ENQUIRIES:
Jason Paul Harman Byrne - Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email Redcatjazz@mac.com
Red Cat Publicity on the web


Connection Works Executive Director - Robert Garcia
Tel 718 369 6931, Email robjgarcia@hotmail.com, www.connectionworks.org

More Information: http://www.connectionworks.org

Submitted By:

Red Cat Publicity
redcatjazz@mac.com


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