October 7, 2018
NYU Washington, DC co-hosted one of CapitalBop's fall Traveling Loft Series featuring Myra Melford’s Tiger Trio, an international all-star group of improvisers.
The trio features three musicians — Melford on piano, Nicole Mitchell on flute and Joëlle Léandre on upright bass — who are all renowned players in the improvised music world. Together they come up with something even bigger and greater than the sum of it parts; veteran critic Ken Waxman says the trio makes “unique, affirmative music that demands no qualifier.”
The concert also included Susan Alcorn who opened for the Tiger Trio.
Susan Alcorn, a Maryland native, is unquestionably one of the most important pedal steel players of her generation — particularly in improvised music, a field in which she has recently begun to gain more traction through her work in the Mary Halvorson Octet and as a leader. Alcorn’s sonic contribution to the music, not just in melodic language but in texture and technique, is something to behold.
Joelle Leandre is a French bassist and one of the most famous improvisers in Europe. Her solo performances are legendary for her instrumental skill and her uncanny sensitivity to musical energy, allowing her to deliver consistently singular experiences. With these three titans in Creative Music combining, Tiger Trio is an unmissable experience, a rare chance for the D.C. audience to experience a group of this kind.
Myra Melford developed her creativity as a young musician in New York City through endless sessions and musical meetings with icons in jazz such as Muhal Richard Abrams. She was also a member of Anthony Braxton’s ensemble, touring and developing his music and vision. Eventually she moved to the West Coast, where her creative vision had more room to develop and to shine. Leading her own groups with her own compositions, Melford has emerged as one of the leading voices on the piano, and one of the more exciting improvisers in jazz.
Nicole Mitchell has long been associated with Chicago as she developed through that city’s famously fertile Creative Music community. From her membership in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians to her leadership of several ambitious ensembles, she has created a body of work that continues to raise the bar for composers. Her sophisticated and heartfelt music has placed her among the finest in music.
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