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Ember Band (Caleb Curtis + Noah Garabedian + Vinnie Sperrazza)
Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brooklyn, NY-based collaborative trio Ember (previously Curtis+Garabedian+Sperrazza) finds itself at the crossroads of musical and personal exploration, resulting in true band-hood and non-hierarchical playing. Each of the members – Caleb Wheeler Curtis (alto saxophone, Captain Black Big Band, Walking Distance), Noah Garabedian (bass, Ravi Coltrane, NirFelder), and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums, Ethan Iverson, Michael Formanek) – are integral parts of the NY creative music community as leaders, collaborators and instigators. The music in this trio is organized but open and expressive. Their music is about true freedom of expression, exploration, and creativity.
Their acclaimed latest release, “No One Is Any One” (Sunnyside Records) features Orrin Evans on piano and is available everywhere.
“[Ember makes] music that’s as pure in spirit as it is honest to the improviser’s art.” -All About Jazz
“The group’s collective improvisation spirit is effortless..” -Veronica Johnson, JazzTimes
“Refreshingly, the writing is open-ended, containing melodies that come across as recitable mantras. The individual approaches to modern melodic improvisation……easily rise to the surface in a way that is both intellectually interesting and at the same time free of intellectual distractions. “ -Paul Rauch, All About Jazz
“These three open-minded musicians, active on the Brooklyn scene, [have a] chamber-like rapport. Don’t be fooled by the low-key backbeat groove…this [music] is deadly…” -Nate Chinen, wbgo.org
“Simple, stripped-down melodies…the word “experimental” is too small to capture what is going on in Ember.” – Joshua Myers, Downbeat
Tickets: $15 at Eventbrite. If seats are available, $20 at the door.