Tuesday - January 5, 2010
E 2nd St & Ave C
New York, NY 10009
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Kevin Frenette - guitar
Ryan McGuire - double bass
Luther Gray - drums
Wild May is the brainchild of trumpet player and composer Forbes Graham. Heavily influenced by magic squares, architecture, and poetry, Wild May's music is a reflection of a diverse set of approaches to modern improvised music.
Forbes Graham is a composer, trumpet player, and electronic musician currently based in the Boston area. he has appeared on over 30 recordings, including studio appearances on such labels as Metal Blade, Tzadik, and Troubleman. Forbes has performed and recorded with a very diverse group of artists, including Erase Errata, Steve Lantner, Daughters, Raqib Hassan, Jim Hobbs, The One Am Radio, and Luther Gray. His composition Variations on the Fibonacci Sequence" was commissioned by the Greenwall Foundation and world premiered at the 2007 Festival of New Trumpet. Forbes has also written music for the new music/rock ensemble Normal Love. He has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero and The Wire's Adventures in Modern Music. His work incorporates many genres including drum 'n bass, jazz, contemporary classical, noise, and hip-hop.
Boston area guitarist Kevin Frenette has performed throughout the Northeast USA making music that is inspired by both avant-garde jazz and contemporary improvisation. He studied guitar, composition, and music theory at UMASS-Dartmouth where he received a BA in Theory/Composition. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright, Joe Giardullo, Daniel Levin, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andy McWain, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Jane Wang, James Rohr, Gordon Allen, Sarah Weaver, Harvey Sorgen and Dan DeChellis. In 2007, Fuller Street Music released Kevin's first date as a leader: CONNECTIONS. That album featured Frenette with Tatsuya Nakatani on percussion, Andy McWain on piano and Todd Keating on bass.
Bassist and composer Ryan McGuire has performed with Luther Gray, Dave Gross, Greg Kelley, Kayo Dot, Ricardo Donoso, Raqib Hassan and the Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra, Forbes Graham and others, and has toured the U.S. and Canada on several occasions. Originally from Cape Cod, McGuire studied Performance at UMass Lowell and composition at the Berklee College of Music. He has also played on recordings released by Tzadik, Hydrahead, Robotic Empire, Sound Devastation, Semata, and Holy Roar Records. He currently performs with Ehnahre, the Epicureans, Dilettante, the Kevin Frenette 4, and the Calliope Quartet- and on occasion, plays solo.
Drummer Luther Gray was born March 10, 1972 in New Orleans, LA. His family moved to Washington, D.C. where, as a teenager, he started playing drums in punk rock bands. Though largely self-taught, his musical training involved drum lessons from Kim Martin, Larry Bright, Steve Bagby, and Mickey Newman. In 1995 he graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music, after which he taught privately and performed in the Washington , D.C. area with, among others, Butch Warren, Cecil Payne, Webster Young, Tsunami, Jenny Toomey, Bob Butta, and Buck Hill. Upon moving to Boston in 2000 he resumed teaching private drum lessons and has played with Joe Morris, Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, Joe McPhee, Cameron Brown, Allan Chase, Joseph Daly, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Ida, Geoff Farina, Andrew White, Rob Brown, Bill Lowe, Taylor Ho Bynum, Raqib Hassan, Bill Pierce, Mitch Seidman, Steve Swell, Joe Beck, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark and many others. Luther has performed in festivals and concerts across the country and abroad. He has recorded for the Simple Machines, Hat Hut, Riti Rec, Skycap, Clean Feed, Xeng, Atavistic, and Jardis labels, among others. In addition to his performing schedule Luther teaches art and music at an after-school program for elementary school children.