Night 2 of 2 night run.
Myra Melford | Ben Goldberg Duo
Han Bennink | Mary Oliver Duo
Myra Melford | Ben Goldberg | Han Benning | Mary Oliver Quartet
Myra Melford Bio
Myra Melford is a widely acclaimed pianist based in Berkeley. In 2013 alone, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow and received the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Performing Artist Award and a Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts for her efforts to re-imagine the jazz program at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was also the winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music. She has been honored numerous times in DownBeat’s Critics Poll since 1991 and was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as Pianist of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and Composer of the Year in 2004.
Han Bennink Bio
In the niche-oriented world of major-league jazz, it's almost unfashionable to be so multi-faceted a player as Han Bennink. Bennink is one of the unfortunately rare musicians whose abilities and interests span the music's entire spectrum, from Dixieland to free. His straight-ahead playing is absolutely convincing -- his time is solid, his sense of swing strong, and his technique flawless. He also possesses the requisite qualities of a free jazz virtuoso; Bennink's ability to interact quickly and creatively with horn players and pianists is great, as is his ear for timbral contrasts. What ultimately makes Bennink special is his manifest love for the music, a love that inclines him to tear down the cardboard walls that too often separate different schools of jazz. At his best, with colleagues who share his all-encompassing stylistic embrace, Bennink plays the continuum of jazz as an instrument unto itself.
Ben Goldberg Bio
From 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio released Masks and Faces and "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle) to 2013’s simultaneous release of Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (featuring Joshua Redman) andUnfold Ordinary Mind (featuring Nels Cline), which the New York Times noted for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” clarinetist and composerBen Goldberg has shaped a career through relentless pursuit of musical truth across many genres and styles, resulting in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll naming him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013.
Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.
In 2012 Ben premiered Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman. Commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works and performed by an all-star nine-piece band with Carla Kihlstedt on vocals, the Los Angeles Times calls Orphic Machine “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.” A 2013 Grant from the Shifting Foundation enabled Ben to record Orphic Machine, for release in 2014.
Mary Oliver Bio
Violinist/violist Mary Oliver was born in La Jolla, California. She completed her
studies at the University of California, San Diego where she received her Ph.D for her
research in the theory and practice of improvised music. Her work as a soloist and
ensemble player encompasses both composed and improvised contemporary music.
Oliver has premiered works by a.o. John Cage, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough,
George Lewis, and Iannis Xenakis and has worked alongside improvising musicians and dancers such as Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, Katie Duck, Cor Fuhler, Rozemarie
Heggen, Joëlle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, George E. Lewis, Phil Minton, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Michael Schumacher.
Mary Oliver has appeared as a featured soloist in many music festivals like Brisbane Biennale, Donaueschinger Muziektage, MaerzMusik, Salzburger Festspiele Berliner Jazz Festival and Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto Jazz Festivals. Currently she is based in Amsterdam, where she works as a free-lance artist, teaches at the Hogeschol voor Kunsten Utrecht and is a member of Instant Composer’s Pool Orchestra , the Whammies and duo JOMO.