Music Program
 


Saturday, November 5, 2005

Free admission

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Resurrection Music

Instinctual Eye — Gjerstad / Stephens / Norton Trio

Presented at:
Soundlab

Frode Gjerstad (alto saxophone, clarinets)
Nicholas Stephens (contrabass)
Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone)

Visual inspiration transformed into sonic physical reality ...sound waves rubbing against one another, activated by rhythmic vitality. Instinctual Eye is based on the expanded colors possible with multiple woodwinds, multiple percussion and double bass, bringing together three veteran improvisers with long international reputations. This is a very sensitive ensemble bringing harmonies and colors into the music in a way that is quite unusual in the improvised music scene. Instinctual Eye is a trio with British bass player Nicholas Stephens, New York percussionist Kevin Norton and Norwegian reeds player Frode Gjerstad. Frode and Kevin recorded No Definitive (FMR) in 2003; a percussion woodwind duo performance that emphasizes the interaction of clarinets and vibraphone. Frode and Nick recorded their duo, North Atlantic Drift (Falcata-Galia) in 1997. Both Stephens and Gjerstad played with drum legend John Stevens (founder of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, central to the British Free Improvised Music scene) for many years (in Frode’s case about 13 years). As a trio, Instinctual Eye brings together the experience of many performances, many recordings (for Emanem, FMR, Barking Hoop, Leo, Loose Torque, Music & Arts, Clean Feed, Cadence, etc.) and interaction with some of the most creative musicians on the contemporary music stage.


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