Alternating Currents Live presents
Tomeka Reid Quartet
Sunday, August 31, 7pm
Tomeka Reid - cello
Mary Halvorson - guitar
Jason Roebke - double bass
Tomas Fujiwara - drums
Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid, described as "a remarkably versatile player," (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune) is equally adept in classical and jazz contexts. Ms. Reid is an integral part of Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in Now. In addition, Ms. Reid performs with many of today's forward thinking musicians in the world of jazz and creative music including Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Jeb Bishop, Myra Melford, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Denis Fournier, Edward Wilkerson and Harrison Bankhead.
One of improvised music's most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has
been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan
University and the New School. After three years of study with visionary
composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson became an active
member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet.
Over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim
Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Myra Melford,
Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed.
The diversity of Jason Roebke's musical associations make him one of the
most sought after bassists in Chicago and beyond. He composes music for
two ensembles, Jason Roebke Combination and the Jason Roebke Octet. He is
a member of the Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasiewicz Rolldown, Jason Stein's
Locksmith Isidore, Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things, and Jorrit
Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective & Pillow Circles. Roebke studied privately
with saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell as well as legendary double
bass pedagogue Stuart Sankey.
Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer leading his own
band Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up, his collaborative duo with Taylor Ho
Bynum, the collective quartet The Thirteenth Assembly, along with many
other projects. Born and raised in Boston, MA Tomas studied with
legendary drummer and teacher Alan Dawson for eight years before moving to
New York at the age of 17.
This concert is brought to you by the Alternating Currents Live series, broadcast on WMSE (91.7) FM, Milwaukee.