Friday, April 03, 2009

Free Jazz & Old Timey Music at the Lab!

The Lab, like its progenitor Detroit, is growing!

Friday, April 10th, 9 pm
Detroit Evolution Laboratory presents:

Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara duo.
Free Jazz trumpet and drums from New York.
with local old timey acoustic trio Jennie and the Sure Shots.

$5 Cover

Taylor Ho Bynum is a performer on cornet and various brass instruments, composer, bandleader, and interdisciplinary collaborator with artists in dance, film, and theater. Bynum is committed to the further exploration of the extensions of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington, Ives, and the AACM, but with a third millennial flavor and a trickster sensibility.

Tomas Fujiwara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of seven, he fell in love with music while listening to the classic drum battle record, Rich vs. Roach. After two years of studies with Joyce Kauffman, Tomas began an eight-year course of study with legendary drummer and educator, Alan Dawson. He has worked as a leader of and composer for various ensembles, as a sideman, as a composer for theatre, film, and dance, and as a teacher and clinician. With "a quiet energy that propels" (All About Jazz) and a style that is "both volatile and watchful" (New York Times), Tomas' "alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape" (New York Times).

Jennie and The Sure Shots are an acoustic trio that echoes Country, Western Swing and Old Timey music, but has carved their own space without succumbing to nostalgia or camp. It seems nearly impossible that singer Jennie Knaggs is Michigan-bred, yet has this music in her back pocket like she learned it on the front porch of an Appalachian cottage. Although The Sure Shots are a shiny, new group, each member brings years of musical experience to bear. Their original songs sit comfortably side by side with classics of the genre, which are delivered in an inimitable style.

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