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JI Bloom Asking The East Sunday, March 13th

March 10, 2011


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From: Jazz Promo Services

Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jazzpromo@earthlink.net


at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute 

invites you to a Music Performance & Discussion 
Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:30pm 
The Philoctetes Center 
247 East 82nd Street (Phone: 646-422-0544; email: info@philoctetes.org

  This event is open to the public. No reservations are necessary. 

Asking the East 

Jazz musicians have often looked abroad for inspiration to invigorate their music.  John Coltrane’s interest in Indian music and Dizzy Gillespie’s early exploration of Afro-Cuban rhythm are well known examples in jazz history. How does contemporary cross-cultural collaboration influence worldwide musical cultures? How do musicians from different cultures perceive the passage of time or the role of improvisation, and how does this affect the way they interact with one another? What are the variations in the expression of emotional depth, rhythmic vitality, and melodic narrative? Three renowned world music artists—Chinese pipa virtuoso Min Xiao Fen, Korean komungo player and composer Jin Hi Kim, and Indian tabla legend Samir Chatterjee—join jazz saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom to perform and discuss their process of creation.

Jane Ira Bloom is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz. She is the winner of the 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz, the Jazz Journalists Association Award, the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano saxophone, and the Charlie Parker Fellowship for jazz innovation. Bloom was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program and has an asteroid named in her honor by the International Astronomical Union. She has recorded and produced 14 albums of her music and has composed for the American Composers Orchestra, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Pilobolus Dance Theater, integrating jazz performers in new settings. Bloom is currently on the faculty of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC. Her latest release is the critically acclaimed CD, Wingwalker.

Samir Chatterjee specializes in tabla and can be heard on numerous recordings. He holds several faculty positions and is the Founder-Director of Chhandayan, an organization that promotes and preserves Indian music and culture. Since June 2008 Chatterjee has been doing pioneering work in Afghanistan towards the country’s musical revival.

Jin Hi Kim is known for her work on the komungo virtuoso (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) and for her cross-cultural compositions. She received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition and is Music Alive Composer in Residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for 2009-2011. Kim has performed her own compositions and improvisations as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), and elsewhere throughout the world.

Min Xiao-Fen is a composer and pipa player for both orchestral and underground projects. She plays traditional and modern Chinese music, interpretations of American Jazz and bluegrass, and her own compositions. She was featured soloist with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the San Diego Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her solo concerts include the Vienna Music Festival, the Utrecht International Lute Festival, the Geneva Music Festival, the Berlin Chinese Music Festival, and the New York Guitar Festival.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.


Events at Philoctetes are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come basis.

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination was established to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process.  To achieve its mission, the Center organizes roundtable discussions and music, poetry and film series. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.philoctetes.org <http://ethreemail.com/e3ds/mail_link.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.philoctetes.org&i=4&d=5U3YWZ4Z-Y4V7-42WV-Y648-W05543017Z13&e=outline@tuna.net>  for more information.

What critics are saying about Wingwalker…

There is not a dull or cliche moment…Wingwalker proves, once again, why Jane Ira Bloom is one of the most original and creative saxophonists in jazz today.
                                                                -Wilbert Sostre, All About Jazz

 Wingwalker with its positive energy and inspired ensemble connections, proves to be one of the best recordings to surface at the dawn of 2011.
                                                                   -Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

 Editors Pick   Downbeat Magazine  Feb 2011. 
                                                      -Ed Enright

 There is something new and exciting on each track, like hang gliding through the universe. An album overflowing with imagination…a candidate for record of the year, and possibly a Grammy nomination.                                                                  
                                                                   -Don Albert, Newstime

 ***** 5 stars   There are few jazz recordings released in the recent past that measure up to the originality and creativity as WINGWALKER. 
                                                      – Grady Harp, Amazon.com

 Bloom never wastes a note; she’s to-the-point, but still poetic and spontaneous. Her improvisations…have those qualities of inevitability and surprise that mark the best jazz solos.
                                                                   -Ed Hazel, Point of Departure

 …intense lyricism, striking melodies, subtle electronics and a rock-solid band.
                                                      -Steve Smith, Time Out NY

 The breadth and allure of Jane Ira Bloom’s music seems to grow with every release. Wingwalker is a fine showcase of her soprano saxophone mastery but also her compositional and bandleading wiles.
                                                      -David R. Adler, NYC Jazz Record

 Bloom’s at the helm of a foursome that works as one… but it’s her solo from My Fair Lady that I can’t get out of my mind.                                                                        
                                                                   -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

 ***1/2 stars   A beautiful disc in every way.
                                                      -Jeff Simon, Buffalo News


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