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Iva Bittová, Anaïs Maviel, Nancy Ostrovsky, Ivo Perelman, Michael Bisio

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Date(s) - 10/08/2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Lace Mill


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$10 Suggested Donation | Plenty of street parking on Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

An incredible afternoon of improvised music and painting featuring an international ensemble of creative artists whose individual work has been celebrated worldwide!

Iva Bittová’s countryman Milan Kundera wrote how Europe’s “small nations” form another Europe. The violinist-vocalist may be ‘small nation’ Czech but her musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel.

Anaïs Maviel is a vocalist,  multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and curator. Her recent work has been focusing on the function of music, understood in traditional societies as essential to settling common grounds and addressing Relation. Inspired by Edouard Glissant’s reflections on Creolization, she has associated her work with the inextricable currents that move spaces and people between times and lands. The contemporary context of re-formulation of self, reality and social structures led her to question the use of language, and to explore its vibratory essence in music. Involved at the crossroads of mediums – music, visual art, dance, theater and performance art – she has been an in-demand creative force for artists such as William Parker, Steffani Jemison, Wally Cardona, Larkin Grimm, Cooper-Moore, Jawole Zollar to name a few. As a leader she is dedicated to substantial creations from solo to large ensembles, and to expanding the power of music as a healing & transformative act. Her path has led her to share her music extensively in New York, as well as in multiple places throughout North America, Europe and Haiti. Her solo debut hOULe, out on Gold Bolus Recordings, received international acclaim.

Nancy Ostrovsky is a renowned artist known for her line drawings, studio work and “Live Painting” in performance. She is known for her love of music and the unique ability to capture it in paint. She posts frequently on FaceBook and samples of live painting are on her website and YouTube. She says, “There is a beauty and honesty in wrestling and jazz that I try to capture. The common denominator is human beings.”

Born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Ivo Perelman was a classical guitar prodigy who tried his hand at many other instruments – including cello, clarinet, and trombone – before gravitating to the tenor saxophone. His initial heroes were the cool jazz saxophonists Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. But although these artists’ romantic bent still shapes Perelman’s voluptuous improvisations, it would be hard to find their direct influence in the fiery, galvanic, iconoclastic solos that have become his trademark.

Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty five recordings in his discography, twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes:

“The physicality of Mr. Bisio’s bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;…”

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