Greece in Boston
This is to bring to your attention a benefit program on April 9 at Boston University Tsai Performance Center celebrating ALEA III under Theodore Antoniou's musical direction and a jazz concert on April 12 by the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio at Rutman's Violins.
Celebrating ALEA III
Sunday, April 9, 2006, 7:00 pm
To reserve tickets or to place an ad in the program book, please contact
This is the only benefit event of the year
|Concerts held at The Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. The Tsai Performance Center is located on the B branch of the MBTA Green Line, at Boston University East stop, and is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is available behind the building. Entrance from Bay State Road.
This season is funded by Boston University, the Greek Ministry of Culture, George Demeter Realty, and individual contributions.
ALEA III,THEODORE ANTONIOU, MUSIC DIRECTOR
The ensemble is consistent with the music it embraces - flexible in size, open to experiment and to exploration. Over the years, Alea III has offered world-premiere opportunities for dozens of contemporary composers, often under the composer's direction, and with extended program notes or comments.
The group has performed more than 1,100 works by 625 composers - most of them living. Frequent international touring has enhanced the relationships of American performers with their colleagues and composers from other parts of the world.
With its inspiration, several other other contemporary groups have been formed, offering growing opportunity to young composers and musicians to play and comprehend contemporary music.
The Greek word alea taken from Homer, means "to wander." In Latin, it refers to "a die or dice used for playing at games of chance." The term aleatoric music indicates music based upon the principles of indeterminacy as evidenced by certain random and/or statistical procedures of composition.
In regard to the ensemble, aleatoric is concerned with the expression of a multiplicity of musical directions, historical styles, and performance practices.
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PANDELIS KARAYORGIS TRIO
APRIL 12, 7:30 pm
at Rutman's Violins
11 Westland Ave, Boston
T: Symphony Hall
($9 suggested donation)
There's more to the contemporary piano trio than covering Nirvana tunes. Jazz pianist/composer Pandelis Karayorgis and drummer Curt Newton have produced music of subtlety and surprise in their collaborations over the past 10 years. Of their latest recording, reviewer Dan Rose (OneFinalNote) says "This [CD] is a gem...a most musical of collisions, it hasn't left my player in weeks." Their trio, with stellar bassist Jef Charland, will play original compositions plus a few rarely-heard Monk pieces at Rutman's Violins (near Symphony Hall).
b. Greece. A highly original pianist, since his early dawning in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA, area Karayorgis has attained a considerable international reputation owing to appearances at festivals and tours of clubs in Europe and America. At venues such as these, and on numerous recording dates, he has appeared with artists such as Mat Maneri, Joe Maneri, Ken Vandermark, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood and saxophonist Guillermo Gregorio, playing on the latter's Red Cube(d) in a trio which also included Mat Maneri. Karayorgis has also led or co-led his own groups, their albums attracting very favorable critical attention. Critics have drawn attention to the ability of Karayorgis and his musical companions to skate perilously close to the edges of musical catastrophe, the resulting successes being testimony to their flair, skill and technical prowess. As Alex Henderson commented in Jazziz magazine, " . . . Karayorgis is a brave soul who has . . . fashioned a radical sound of his own . . . definitely original . . . undoubtedly worth the ride." References to Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano, Cecil Taylor and Andrew Hill sometimes appear in accounts of his playing but these are valid more as reference points than as true stylistic touchstones.
It might be more accurate to suggest that Karayorgis brought to turn-of-the-century jazz piano hints of how those earlier innovators might have played had they been up-and-coming now rather than then. To quote Billy Taylor, in a blindfold test carried out by Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes, "I have no idea who this is but it is really very clever, very refreshing." Clearly, Karayorgis is intent on pushing the envelope of improvised music, and is very capable of achieving his aims.
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Curt Newton coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from old tin cans, weaving the jazz, rock, folk, and experimental music traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past two decades he's performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe and recorded over 20 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Jeff Song, and Charlie Kohlhase. Curt studied drumset with Bob Gullotti and has a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from New
England Conservatory, neither of which bears any responsibility for his drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet.
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