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A Stellar Jazz and New Music Trio
(Published: October 16, 2018)

The Creative Music Series welcomes
the Anthony Coleman's (new) Trio: Creative Improvisational Jazz

The Master on the Piano revealing his New Trio
-fresh from gigs in Columbia, S.A., New Haven and Brooklyn
-with a special musician teaching at Berklee, from NYC, who was a choice musician of greats;
-plus a young and eager player embroiled in the NY downtown experimental scene:

Maestro Pianist, Anthony Coleman from N.Y. by way of Boston & NEC

Master Drummer Francisco Mela from NY by way of Berklee and Cuba

The Young Bassist Henry Fraser from Brooklyn by way of Boston & NEC

"Anthony Coleman: a bold and innovative pianist whose compositions can be as vibrant as Calder mobiles". "I remember him as a bold and innovative pianist, part of a "third wave" of avant-garde musicians active in Boston in the 1970s that included Marty Ehrlich, Jon Damian, Jon Voigt, and Tom Plsek. Steve Elman, (Boston) Arts Fuse.

"I didn't think I wanted to stay with old forms of music. I wasn't a retro kind of person."

"There is a notable influence of the late Cecil Taylor, whom Coleman readily acknowledges".

Coleman said the turning point in his musical life came when he met the great jazz pianist Jaki Byard,

Francisco Meta was a drummer of choice for Joe Lovano & McCoy Tyner!
"To witness the innovative jazz drummer and composer, Francisco Mela, live in action is to stand visually and sonically arrested by his out of this world talent and razor sharp skill born out of a relentless pursuit to elevate his craft. Yes. He's that good." -Johnathan Eaglin, irockjazz.com
"Mela is in the forefront of a progressive post-bop scene that includes collaborators like his sometime boss Joe Lovano, as well as Mark Turner, Jason Moran, et al." -Boston Phoenix
"...the thrum of Afro-Cuban folk music and the thrust of contemporary post-bop, Mr. Mela is a bandleader on the rise..." -Nate Chinen, The New York Times
"Today Francisco Mela is one of the most important Cuban's drummer in jazz" -Jazz Times
"My ongoing musical journey as an improviser has brought me into contact with an unusually wide variety of music, and I share that with all of my students".

Henry Fraser "Random Acts of Order boldly confronts some of the core questions posed by free music. Working with two of the most dynamic young talents on the improvised music scene, bassist Henry Fraser and percussionist/composer" Dre Hocevar, Clean Feed.

Bios: Pianist and composer Anthony Coleman has been one of the key figures of New York music for nearly four decades. His work bridges the gap between Composition and Improvisation, Uptown and Downtown, and spans a wide range of genres and practices including Free Improvisation, Jazz, Jewish music (of various types), and Contemporary Chamber Music.
At the dawn of the 1980s, after earning a Masters Degree in Composition from the Yale School of Music, Coleman immersed himself in New York City's forward-thinking circle of genre-confounding composers and improvisers that would come to be known as the Downtown Scene.

Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watsonand McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene,

Henry Fraser (b. 1991) is a bassist, composer, and improviser from Boston, MA, now in Brooklyn. He received his BA from New England Conservatory of Music in the spring of 2014, where he studied with Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Dave Holland, Anthony Coleman, & Ted Reichman. Henry's parallel pursuits of technical mastery and novel experimentation have put him at the forefront of the experimental music scene in New York and beyond...

The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area. My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston arcea. CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.

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