After nearly a decade together, the members of The Respect Sextet have created an environment of trust and musical courage that allows them to explore the many facets of improvised music. They displayed this fearlessness--and a playful love of experimentation--to a standing-room-only crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. So said All About Jazz columnist Jason Crane about The Respect Sextet's previous performance at Le Poission Rouge in late May, when the band celebrated the release of their newest recording, on Mode Records, entitled Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet play the music of Sun Ra & Stockhausen.
Respect returns to LPR's stage on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to present a set of exciting original music. Opening the show will be the innovative pianist Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus), playing a set of cocktail music on solo piano.
Tickets: $10 (Advance tickets available online)
Doors: 9:30pm Show time: 10:00pm
About The Respect Sextet
Formed in 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into a whirling collage, shouts Exclaim! Magazine, that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker. Named one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz by Signal to Noise, The Respect Sextet continues--after nearly a decade as a collective--to fearlessly push the envelope.
Respects newest release, Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet play the music of Sun Ra & Stockhausen, (Mode/Avant, 2009), was called one of the most compelling recordings of the year by the Wall Street Journal and filed under Love It in Newsweek Magazine (an out-of-this-world pairing). Sirius Respect brings together the music of Sun Ra and Karlheinz Stockhausen and views them through Respect-colored glasses. Pieces ranging from Stockhausen's Tierkreis (inspired by the Zodiac) to Sun Ras Saturn are juxtaposed, layered, deconstructed and re-assembled. Its neither jazz nor classical, says John Schaefer of WNYC's Soundcheck, but something cosmically both.
The group comprises Eli Asher (trumpet, toys), James Hirschfeld (trombone, jamespectronics, toys), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio, toys), and Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion, redspectronics).
Through its eclecticism, humor, devotion to improvisation, predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and little instruments, The Respect Sextet has drawn comparisons both to New Dutch Swing and the AACM. Many dialectics are at work (and play) in Respects world, in which the serious, heady, and intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate and mesh with improvisations, and where tight ensemble work coexists with loose, empathic interplay.
About Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson is best known as the pianist with the innovative piano trio the Bad Plus, but he had an extensive career prior to the formation of the group.
Born in 1973 in Menomonie, Wisc., he moved to New York in 1991, where he took private lessons from Fred Hersch. Iverson made his recording debut in 1993 on School Work, matching ideas with Dewey Redman. He was the musical director for the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also worked with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Patrick Zimmerli, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Charlie Haden. Iverson's trio recorded Construction Zone (originals) and Deconstruction Zone (standards) during 1998. Iverson knew bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King when they were teenagers in the Midwest and they played together on one occasion in 1990, but the Bad Plus was not formed until 2000. However, after they played a weekend at a club in Minneapolis, it became apparent that the Bad Plus had something special. Since that time they have helped to revitalize the piano trio, performing rock songs as creative jazz but with the sensibility and spirit of rockers, achieving quite a bit of popularity and influence on the modern music scene. While the Bad Plus has been Ethan Iversons main musical activity of the past eight years, he continues occasionally freelancing, playing, among other places, at the Village Vanguard in a trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.
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158 Bleecker Street
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