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  • Richard Davis Ensemble – Concert & Live Recording

    Don’t miss Seed Artists’ first concert for the Jazz Room Series at William Paterson University: Living legends Richard Davis (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums) join brilliant collaborators Angelica Sanchez (piano) and Aska Kaneko (violin) for a live recording of masterful group improvisation. They drew an encore at last year’s Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound festival. Come and see why, and chat  with the band before the show at the “Sittin’ In” Q & A session.

    WHEN: Sunday, November 22, 2015
    3:00pm – Q & A Session with the band
    4:00pm – concert

    WHERE: Shea Center Auditorium – William Paterson University

    ADMISSION: Public – $15
    William Paterson Community and Seniors – $12
    Non-William Paterson students – $8
    William Paterson students – free with ID
    $3 ticket fee if purchased on show day

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    richard-davis-william-patersonRichard Davis is one of the great bassists in jazz history, perhaps the most-recorded double-bassist–period. He has worked with everyone from Sarah Vaughan, Ben Webster and Clark Terry to Dizzy, Dexter and Dolphy. To Stravinsky, Boulez and Bernstein. (And Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen.) Davis figures prominently in many of the signal jazz recordings of the 1960s, including Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch! and Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure. DownBeat named him “Best Bassist” from 1967-74. In 2014, he was named an NEA Jazz Master. At the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught  for nearly four decades, Davis’s annual Bass Conference gives young musicians the opportunity to learn from masters of the art.

    andrew-cyrilleIconic avant-garde drummer Andrew Cyrille is best known for his nearly decade-long work with pianist Cecil Taylor. His varied credits include work with Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Dorham, Mary Lou Williams, Sun Ra, David Murray, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Brotzmann, Carla Bley, Horace Tapscott and Jimmy Giuffre. Cyrille has led percussion groups featuring Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves and Rashied Ali, and has a working trio with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman, Trio3. He is an instructor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

    angelica-sanchezPianist/composerbandleader Angelica Sanchez has established herself as a compelling voice in creative music. Her releases consistently make “Best-of” lists, and she has performed with a Who’s Who of creative musicians, including Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Ralph Alessi, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne and Mark Dresser. Sanchez leads several groups, including a quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey.

    aska-kanekoTokyo-born violinist and composer Aska Kaneko grew up in a family of visual artists and developed her unique improvisational style from childhood practice in natural settings. As a teenager, she  won Grand Prize in an international quartet competition held in London. Aska studied at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and later directed the Asian Fantasy Orchestra, a 10-year pan-Asian project supported by the Japan Foundation. She won a Bessie Composition Award in New York for collaborative work with “The Unfinished Symphony,” a work by the choreographer Yoshiko Chuma.  Among her many projects, she directs Aska Strings, an all-strings unit, which has released three albums, including a collaborative work with Hugo Fattoruso.  In Japan, she is well known as musical director of major musical theater productions. Her nearly twenty recordings  span a wide range of settings, and her many projects include work with the London-based group Mekong Zoo; the Japanese-Argentinian combo Gaia Cuatro; a duo project with St. Louis harpist Amy Camie; and collaborations with Zakir Hussain, Bill Laswell, Butch Morris, Pheeroan AkLaff and Jane Birkin.

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