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Rob Reddy to Unveil New Work, Ensemble in October


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Saxophonist/composer Rob Reddy and his new ensemble, Rob Reddy's Tenfold, will be in residence at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theater every Friday night in October to perform his latest and most ambitious extended work, Episodes and Antinomies. The world premiere of this ten-movement suite, commissioned by the American Composers Forum, will happen Friday, October 5th at 9:00 p.m. Three other performances will follow on October 12th, 19th and 26th respectively, further exploring the nuances and possibilities of this diverse music. The opening acts will be the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (10/5), Jon Margulies: Stone Tablet Interface (10/12), Sarah Bernstein Unearthish (10/19) and the Jessica Lurie Ensemble (10/26).

Episodes and Antinomies, which takes roughly an hour and a half to perform, was written for Reddy's newly formed ten-piece ensemble featuring Douglas Yates (clarinets), John Carlson (trumpet), Mark Taylor (French horn), Charles Burnham (violin and mandolin), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Brandon Ross (guitars), Bryan Carrott (vibraphone and marimba), Dom Richards (double bass), and Pheeroan akLaff (drums). The music further explores many of the hallmarks of Reddy's most acclaimed musical projects, including a variety of time signatures, co-existing melodies, alternating through-composed and improvised movements, and the influence of genres ranging from traditional marches to modern rock to avant-garde jazz.

Critics have called Reddy “a versatile and adventurous saxophonist" (Scott Yanow, All Music Guide) and “an impressive and open-minded tunesmith" (Troy Collins,, noting that he “sounds, and dares to sound, like no one but himself" (Brian Morton, Jazz Review). Downtown Express writer Harry Newman recently added, “Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player and bandleader in New York." Episodes and Antinomies, the second of three commissioned Reddy works to receive its world premiere in New York this year, will be followed by the debut of a new book of music for his sextet, Rob Reddy's Gift Horse, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in late November. On September 18th, Reddy will release The Book of the Storm (Reddy Music), which documents his 19-piece ensemble, Rob Reddy's Small Town, at the March world premiere of his four-movement piece of the same name.

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