Wednesday, August 2nd at 9pm
Bjorn Wennas and Carmen Marsico Septet
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire Street in Cambridge, MA (Inman Square)
Tickets are $10
Tickets are available at (617) 876-9330
Bjorn Wennas, guitar/composer; Carmen Marsico, voice; Todd Marston, piano, Fender Rhodes and accordion; Daniel Blake, saxophones; Kendall Eddy, bass; Miki Matsuki, drums; Michael Daillak, percussion
Guitarist/composer Bjorn Wennas (pronounced Be-yearn When-nose) and vocalist/ composer Carmen Marsico will bring their new septet to Ryles Jazz Club in Inman Square on Wednesday, August 2nd at 9:00 pm. Co-leaders in life and in music, the Boston-based married couple founded this group to perform their own original jazz compositions as well as creative arrangements of traditional material ranging from the music of Italian composer Orlando di Lasso to ancient sun chants. This performance will feature selections from Wennas' 2005 CD, Static (Beartones), as well as improvisations on traditional music.
The Swedish-born Wennas came to Boston in 1999 to study at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship after earning his Bachelor's Degree in Musicology and Anthropology from Uppsala University, where he focused on studying jazz improvisation from an anthropological perspective. Influenced as a child by musicians such as Pink Floyd and early David Bowie, his own original music blends improvisation with rock, pop and jazz sensibilities. His most recent recording, Static, led critics to write, Wennas's arrangements are never predictable" (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), Wennas is an inventive and versatile modern player" (Jerome Wilson, Cadence), and what makes Static a success is Wennas' own way of subsuming his influences into an approach all his own" (John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com).
Born in Italy, Marsico also came to Boston on scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz composition and improvisation with Kevin Mahogany, Bob Stoloff, Mili Bermejo, Ed Tomassi and Lisa Thorson, who would become her mentor. Recently called a name to look for in the future," by the All Music Guide's Scott Yanow, Marsico performs regularly with her husband as well as many of Boston's most notable improvisers. She also leads her own jazz quintet, which performs her arrangements of standard material as well as her original jazz compositions influenced by traditional Italian and Brazilian music. Her debut release, Songo, was released in 2003.