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  • FFEAR with Ole Mathisen and Chris Washburne on JazzSet

    November 25, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Things are not what they seem to be .. a four-piece group sounds like a larger ensemble, playing music that is a convincing illusion.

    Tune in Sunday, November 27, at 6pm and/or Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 for FFEAR on JazzSet. It's not scary, it's seductive as reed man Ole Mathisen carries us away from the familiar with microtonal harmony and layered rhythms, then brings us home, changed.

    FFEAR Photo by Lena Adasheva
    FFEAR Photo by Lena Adasheva

    Chris Washburne plays trombone and Tony Moreno, drums, with Ole's brother Per Mathisen from Norway on bass at Miller Theater, Columbia University, New York. Recording and Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos.

    Ole practices alternate fingerings to produce tones that are neither natural, flat nor sharp but somewhere in between. Three-quarter tones. But, as Chris says, these in-between pitches already live in jazz; for one example, blues singers use them liberally to tell stories and express  emotion.

    Ole's composition "Mirage" was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works, funded generously by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

    Listen on demand any time during the week, here.

  • Mingus Big Band, Miguel Zenon on JazzSet

    November 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    ErikJacobsForNPR

    Photo by Boston Photographer Erik Jacobs for NPR.

    Tune in to JazzSet Sunday, November 20, at 6pm and/or Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30, for the Mingus Big Band (saxophones above) and Miguel Zenon at Newport. What a match! Emotional, colorful, and Miguel is rhythmically revolutionizing music from the Puerto Rican songbook. Here is a 30-second preview, one of my favorite JazzSet promos ever.

    The show is available on demand any time this week, here.

  • Free Either/Orchestra Concert .. Come, Be Part of a JazzSet Audience

    November 14, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    We would love to see you Saturday, and capture your cheers and applause for a 2012 JazzSet!

    Either/Orchestra Concert