Music Program

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 — Thursday, February 8, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
This concert was supported by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Bobby Previte & Andrea Kleine


Presented at:

Bobby Previte and Andrea Kleine - THE SEPARATION

featuring The Coalition of the Willing:
Marco Benevento (Hammond organ)
Reed Mathis (electric guitar)
Bobby Previte (drums)
The Rose Ensemble early music choir directed by Jordan Sramek

"All music drama is a kind of betrayal" - Olivier Messiaen

…a choral mass in nine movements.
…a dark parable about the death of the individual.
…a heavy metal requiem.
…an essay on the short life of a lonely sheep.

Continuing to push the boundaries begun in The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro, Bobby Previte teams up his Coalition of the Willing band with playwright/director Andrea Kleine and combines forces with early music choir The Rose Ensemble and visual artist Anna Kiraly to create a highly combustible fusion of art, theater, and music.

Previte's young metal-infused electric band crashes into the mystical voices of The Rose Ensemble in a re-imagination of both Guilliaume Dufay's 15th century choral epic, Missa Sancti Jacobi, and Olivier Messiaen's organ masterwork, La Nativiti≥ du Seigneur . Eerie shadow puppet films creep across Kleine's dark story about the dueling desires of conformity and individuality—a critical examination of the so-called separation of church and state.

THE SEPARATION is a theater piece about music, a live band invading a stage play, the future invading the past, and an event not to be missed.

Bobby Previte "can break your heart with one cymbal crash."

Bobby Previte, in his travels all over the globe, has moved thousands through his music. Brought up on Soul and Rock, he studied formally at the University of Buffalo, where faculty and guest teachers included the new music pioneers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Jan Williams. He moved to New York City in 1979 and began a long association with the leading lights of the "Downtown" scene.

Widely hailed for his electrifying drumming and his stunning and "unclassifiable" music, he has received three NEA grants for composition, two grants for composition from NYFA, grants from Meet the Composer, NYSCA, the Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, and The Steele Foundation. Previte has been five times a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and has appeared in numerous books on music. He has been interviewed on Terry Gross' national radio show "Fresh Air," appeared with William Shatner on "Saturday Night Live" and was "the drummer" in Robert Altman's landmark film, Short Cuts.

Articles have been written about him in most of the major publications of the world, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Der Welt, Sydney Morning Herald, Le Monde, Newsweek, People, and Rolling Stone. He has conducted master classes in Istanbul, Perth, Lucerne, The New School, and the Eastman School of Music.

Previte now concentrates on The Constellations Ensemble, a chamber group touring the multi-media show, The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró, Dialed In, a solo electronic drum show, The Coalition of the Willing, a guitar quartet featuring Charlie Hunter, Stephen Bernstein and Jamie Saft, Strike, a new quartet with organist Marco Benevento and two saxophones, Groundtruther, a duo with Hunter, and The Beta Popes, a power trio with Skerik and Saft. He and writer/director Andrea Kleine are at work on The Separation, an evening length piece dealing with the role of religion in society. Based on the 15th century composer Guilliaume Dufay's Missa Sancti Jacobi and written for early music pioneers the Rose Ensemble with electric band, The Separation will open at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in February 2007 and travel to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. In 2006 Previte will tour Europe three times, the USA twice, and release three new recordings—The Coalition of the Willing and Dialed In, both on Ropeadope Records, and Altitude, the final CD in the Groundtruther trilogy, on Thirsty Ear.

"Previte's music is thoroughly, stubbornly and distinctly his own...the music copies nothing, and is utterly original."—The New York Times

"Although Bobby Previte is a great drummer, his pen appears to be mightier still."—Downbeat

Andrea Kleine

Andrea Kleine's work as a playwright and director has been presented in New York City at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, Performance Space 122, The Women's Project Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and across the US, and in Canada and Europe. She has received numerous commissions, grants and awards including two MacDowell Colony fellowships, and in 2004, the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship award in playwriting/screenwriting. She lives in New York and recently completed CALF, her first novel.

Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento is one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo along with Joe Russo. Performances include: Lolapalooza, Austin City Limits, Fuji Rock Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and more. Discography: Benevento Russo Duo (self-titled debut album), Darts and Best Reason to Buy the Sun (Ropeadope), Play Pause Stop (Reincarnate/Butter Problems)

Previously, he was a member of The Jazz Farmers, and has been a regular on the New York City contemporary, experimental jazz scene for years. He has performed with countless musicians which include, Matt Chamberlain, Charlie Hunter, John Medeski, Mike Gordon, Trey Anasatio, Eric Krasno, Wayne Krantz, John Ellis, Dave Dreiwitz, Mark Friedman, Reed Mathis, Bobby Previte, Ari Hoening, Terreon Gully, Brian Haas, DJ Olive, DJ Logic, Steven Bernsetin, Briggin Kraus, Lyrics Born, Mike Dillon, Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, Skerik, Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore and others.

Reed Mathis

To say that the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's music transcends boundaries and expands minds is an understatement. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's bold, amorphous and visceral music is influenced just as much by post-rock and ambient electronica as traditional jazz standards, chamber music and free improvisation. JFJO has brought their heady progressive outfit from the Midwest's Bible Belt to some of America's and Europe's finest music festivals and jazz and rock clubs. JFJO has been touring incessantly and winning over fans and critics with their innovative music since 1994. After JFJO's bassist, Reed Mathis, made his professional debut on guitar in front of thousands headlining Austria's Saalfelden Festival with The Coalition of the Willing earlier this Fall, he has been incorporating the guitar into JFJO's music—taking their sound into an ever-new and exciting direction. This trio of pianist Brian Haas, drummer Jason Smart and bassist/guitarist Reed Mathis journeyed to Europe in November 2006 for JFJO's second European tour of 2006 with a dozen performances in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy. After the European tour, JFJO will played their only remaining shows of 2006 at The Blue Note in New York City, Dec. 8th and 9th. In August, JFJO released Tomorrow We'll Know Today, a collection a live tracks from Europe and the US available exclusively for digital download. In January, JFJO will return to the studio where they will begin to record their third album with Hyena Records.

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble is a daring and inventive vocal ensemble captivating audiences with virtuosic performances of ancient music and evoking a rich tapestry of language, culture, legends and history.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director and Founder Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble is an internationally recognized group of musicians that has reinvented early vocal music in the modern concert hall, building a diverse and enthusiastic audience.

By blending Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music with folk music and captivating stories, The Rose Ensemble's dramatic and entertaining concerts explore history, folklore, world cultures and religions. Singing a cappella or playing a variety of fascinating instruments, The Rose Ensemble has received widespread critical acclaim for both its preservation of ancient music and its dynamic and creative approach to programming this music for today's audiences.

These are rare and treasured performances not to be missed—which is why Rose Ensemble audiences return concert after concert, describing the programs as inspiring, beautiful, uplifting, entertaining, and evocative.

Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, New York) with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, and with support from the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Artist Residency. Underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. Supported in part by a grant to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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