Saturday October 16, 2010
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Simons / Graham / Frenette / Cook
Junko Simons (cello)
Forbes Graham (trumpet)
Kevin Frenette (guitar)
Laurence Cook (drums)
Cellist Junko Fujiwara Simons is both a creative musician"/improviser and an active classical musician. She has performed with Joe Morris, Allan Chase, Jim Hobbs, Charlie Kohlhase, Tom Plsek, Jane Wang, Laurence Cook, and Luther Gray. Junko Simons has also participated in composer/conductor Lawrence 'Butch' Morris's Conduction" series, Lance Bryant's Lyricalia Qunitet, and is also a member of the classical chamber group the Kalliope Piano Trio and Metal & Glass (a Boston-based acoustic microtonal ensemble). Ms. Simons is a lecturer at Boston College, and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Ipswich Public School system and at Phillips Academy Andover, as well as teaching private students. She has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Currently, she produces and performs in her monthly Green Umbrella series at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA
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, Rakalam Bob Moses, 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, Pandelis Karayorgis, Daniel Levin, Luther Gray, and Harvey Sorgen. 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.
Kevin Frenette's 'Connections' is a dazzling display of sympathetic interactions with truly spontaneous results. Frenette and company combine for a powerful force of open-minded creative energy." John Barron
Drummer Laurence Cook is a late first-generation American free improviser. Born in Boston, Cook attended art school there, before moving to N.Y.C. in the early '60s and working as a longshoreman. Although he has no recordings as a leader, Cook appears on many albums starting in the late '60s and stretching all the way through the '90s. He recorded with Alan Silva (on Skillfullness), the Godz, and Paul Bley during Bley's electronic period. During the '70s, Cook returned to Boston and collaborated with pianist/physicist Lowell Davidson until later in the decade when he began working in Bill Dixon's bands. Cook appears on several of Dixon's recordings and continued to work with him through the late '80s. Cook was tied up with day gigs for much of the early '90s, but in 1996 he returned to more high-profile performing and recording. During the last half of the '90s he worked with Jamell Moondoc, Thurston Moore, and Sabir Mateen, among others.