. A mainstay of the NYC downtown music scene, Maoz is notoriously known as the bad (and crazy) boy of the progressive jazz guitar world. For six nights, he brings his new works evoking both cutting edge rock-jazz-Jewish extravaganza noise and chamber grace. Residency includes sets with his iconic bands: Middle-Eastern meets pop and Downtown music of Edom featuring Shanir Blumenkranz (7.18); The X guitar and contemporary classical string quartet premiering new works (7.15); acoustic Jewish project Dimyon (7.16); eccentric, electric Collapse Guitar Quartet (7.17); jazz-based trio 9 Volt featuring Rick Parker and Tim Berne (7.17); the Jewish rock sounds of John Zorn’s Abraxas (7.19); experimental group Hypercolor featuring Lukas Ligeti (7.20); and more. For a complete schedule, please see below.
“Showcasing some of today’s most unique musical groups and premiering some of my new pieces at The Stone is a rare and unique opportunity,” says Maoz. “The generations of downtown experimentalism have certainly inspired and informed me and my work. There’s no better place to explore an expressive, new-breed fusion of music.”
Audiences can expect to be thrown to a parallel universe full of insightful imagination and emotions. Known to tell stories of pain, hope, strength, joy and celebration, Maoz’s music oscillates between extremely delicate and highly volatile. According to All Music Guide, “Maoz redefines what ethnocentric world fusion can be from a mean-streets New York City perspective.”
About Eyal Maoz
Based in New York City, the Israeli born Eyal Maoz is a sought after composer, guitarist, and bandleader. He’s a Tzadik, Ayler, Out Now and Piadrum Records artist and a member of John Zorn’s Cobra and Abraxas ensembles. Eyal leads his own bands including Edom (Tzadik Records), 9 Volt with Tim Berne, the Maoz-Sirkis Duet, Hypercolor, and the Maoz- Masaoka Duet (with koto player Miya Masaoka).
Eyal’s ensembles and projects have performed at major music festivals worldwide such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada), Jazz at Marciac (France), Red Sea International Jazz Festival (Israel), NYC Winter JazzFest, Tzadik Radical Jewish Music Festival, Brooklyn BAM Next Festival, Verizon Jazz Festival, the New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, Florida Music Harvest, The Jewzapalooza Festival in NYC and many more. His music was featured in the movies Keepers Of Eden (by Yoram Porath), Israeli’s Cinema History documentary (by Raphael Nadjari), and MTV’s “Undress.” WNYC/NPR recently dedicated a 90-minute program to his music.
Eyal started to explore jazz, rock and avant-garde music at an early age. He led the highly celebrated Lemon Juice Quartet which performed regularly at the Red Sea International Jazz Festival, released three original CDs and was heralded for their CD Peasant Songs, a raucous version of Bela Bartok and Eric Satie’s music on Piadrum Records. Eyal’s collaboration with long-time childhood friend and in-demand UK drummer Asaf Sirkis, has resulted in two duo CDs; the most recent Elementary Dialogues was released in June 2009 by Ayler Records (France), with their new upcoming album to be released in 2014.
After a successful guitar solo tour in Austria, Eyal also completed a guitar tour in China, playing solo as well as performing with local musicians from straight-ahead jazz aficionados to extreme avant-garde noisemakers. Recently, Eyal collaborated with the notable Israeli poet Ronny Someck in Italy. Eyal’s string quartet composition Boded has won the Orchestra of Our Time Call for Score Project in New York, and was recorded by the prestigious Scorchio Quartet and performed by the Praxis Quartet. Eyal is gearing up for a European tour starting September 2014.