VZarts Presents: An Evening of Duos

April 25, 2014
8:00 pmto11:00 pm

presents:

an evening of  duo’s with:

Aaron Ryuko Shragge & Ben Monder

 “…defies expectation and avoids guitar-trumpet duet clichés as it delves deeper into that satori place in your brain.” 

– Bill Mikowski, Jazz Times 

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder have been collaborating since 2009. The duo incorporates influences from North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuhachi giving the listener a glance into a powerful, interconnected relationship between two musicians as they synthesize new sounds that at once calm and challenge the ear. Their first record The Key Is In The Window (2010) received critical acclaim and has led to performances throughout the NY area including an appearance at Festival of New Trumpet Music and an EP release on Arabesque records: Hollow (2012). Shragge is greatly inspired by North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuahchi, which has allowed him to develop a uniques sound/compositional style on the Dragon Mouth Trumpet (custom microtonal instrument) as well as the Shakuhachi (Japanes Flute). Monder, a new york area musician for 25 years, has performed with Jack Mcduff,Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler and continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. “…the sounds created by these two world-class musicians takes the listener to varying celestial moments of clarity and depth that one would not expect. Shragge and Monder manage to paint musical imagery that transcends genre and style…” – Marcos Rios, Guitar International.

 

Ben Monder & Theo Bleckmann

“…so virtuosic and inventive a pair…the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole…Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.”

-Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA

For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder has developed a compositional and playing style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. Their two duo releases, “At Night” and “No Boat”, and continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation”, “Oceana” and “Hydra”  have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

Friday, April 25th at 8pm.
$16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
For more info contact Ryuko (aaronshragge@gmail.com)

 

 

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