Music Program
 


Friday, October 6, 2000

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Hallwalls

THE FONDA/STEVENS GROUP

Presented at:
Burchfield Penney Art Center

"I believe that music appears in this physical plane/physical reality as a spiritual reminder to each one of us of who and what we REALLY are. This music turns our attention inwards and allows us to reflect upon the inner truths that resonate within each of our hearts, minds, and souls." –Michael Jefry Stevens
   
The Fonda/Stevens Group is a New York-based quartet that has evolved over the last five years into one of the most accomplished ensembles performing improvised music today. Straddling the line between post-bop and free jazz the group exhibits a highly developed capacity for open dialogue within loosely structured yet sophisticated compositions. Pianist and co-leader Michael Jefry Stevens is a prolific and fiercely original musician who has worked with a vast array of musicians including Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Gerry Hemingway, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood), Pheeroan Aklaff, Thomas Chapin, and Susie Ibarra. Stevens’ co-leader and bassist Joe Fonda was recently recognized by JazzTimes as "among the finest bassists to emerge in the 1990s." He has developed an extensive international reputation over the last several years recording and touring with the world-renowned Anthony Braxton as well as through work with Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Charlie Persip, Kenny Barron, Curtis Fuller and many others. Stevens and Fonda will be joined by equally masterful musicians drummer Harvey Sorgen and trumpeter Paul Smoker.

Co-presented by Hallwalls at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, featuring: Michael Jefry Stevens (Piano), Joe Fonda (Contrabass), Harvey Sorgen (Drums), Paul Smoker (Trumpet)


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