September 25, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
AMHERST, Mass. – Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, the yearlong AmherstCollege music festival, continues with a concert by bassist, computer musician and visual artist Lisle Ellis on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Room 7 of the ArmsMusicCenter on the college’s campus. Ellis will perform with percussionist Bob Weiner and electro-acoustic saxophonist and Amherst music professor Jason Robinson. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.
Ellis is a multifaceted creator whose work reflects his interests in music, visual art, computers/technology and community. A Canadian-born long-time U.S. resident, Ellis’ oeuvre spans three decades and has brought him international recognition as an artist with exceptional vision. He has performed and recorded with many of the crucial figures in creative jazz, including Paul Bley, Peter Brötzmann, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Mcphee, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Fred Frith, John Zorn and many others. He is currently developing an electro-acoustic architecture he calls string-circuitry-confluence and tours with his long-standing trio What We Live (with Larry Ochs and Donald Robinson), Di Terra (an Italy-based trio with Alberto Braida and Fabrizio Spera) and duos with pianists Paul Plimley and Mike Wofford. His latest recording is Sucker Punch Requiem - An Homage to Jean Michel Basquiat.
Weiner is an accomplished musician who has performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New England Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music, and has co-authored two percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset, with Frank Malabe, and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset, with Duduka da Fonseca.
A saxophonist, electro-acoustic musician and scholar, Robinson has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Chris Barton of the Los Angeles Times described a recent solo performance by Robinson as “calling down the heavens.” His music and research focuses on improvisation, experimental jazz performance practices and African American and African-diasporic music making.
Faultlines events will include featured concerts, performance workshops, and talks, all free and open to the public, and all guaranteed to generate passionate debate about the nature of jazz and its relationship to American cultural identity. The festival is made possible through the generous support of the Amherst College Arts Series Fund, Amherst College Department of Music, Amherst College Mead Art Museum, and UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series.
For more information about the Nov. 8 concert or any other events associated with Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, visit the festival website at www.amherst.edu/faultlines.