CotFG: Improvisations at MoHA
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Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. He has worked closely with several prominent composers. Solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head” (2001, 2002, 2005), the Darmstadt Course for New Music (2004, 2006, 2008), where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the “Utopia Jetzt!” Festival (Germany) where he performed his acclaimed “V for Grock” multimedia recital. In 2009 he premiered his “Krieg dem Krieg” project featuring thematic works for trombone and electronics. In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians, dancers, and actors. He is a member of the Composers Slide Quartet, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Zinc & Copper Works. Recently relocated to the Baltimore area, he teaches trombone and other music courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Jerome Bryerton has been working as a free improvising percussionist for the past eight years. In this time, he has worked with some of the most respected players in the world. In October he was once again acquainted with Berlin multi-reedist Wolfgang Fuchs and San Francisco bassist Damon Smith; presenting two concerts as well as recording on CD (balance point acoustics). In September he worked with bass saxophonist Tony Bevan; with Bevan, he performed in San Francisco with local improvisers Scott Looney and Damon Smith. Last winter Jerome toured in Paris and Monacco with Chicago improvisers Carol Genetti and Andrea Polli. These performances were aligned with the multi media festival I.S.E.A. as, well as the Monacco dance forum. Jerome´s style strikes a resemblance close to the likes of European percussionists Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, and Le Quan Ninh. Intent on using multi ethnic percussion as well as western percussion - simultaneously furnishing them with an odd assortment of orchestral metal and Chinese cymbals/gongs. Jerome believes that it is necessary to keep intact many of the European aesthetics revolutionized in the sixties and seventies; but which is also crucial is the synthesis of wit and experience of a modern American improviser. As a side note, Jerome has also worked with the following people: trumpeter Axel Dörner, reed player John Butcher, guitarist Henry Kaiser, reedist Peter van Bergen, reedist Jack Wright, cellist Fred Lonbergholm, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and also bassist Kent Kessler.
- Patrick Crossland (Baltimore) - trombone
- Steve Parker (Austin) - trombone
- Sandy Ewen (Houston)- guitar, objects
- Damon Smith (Houston) - double bass
- Jerome Bryerton (Chicago) - percussion