Concert Ingrid Laubrock’s Serpentines

Ingrid Laubrock Septet © Reuben Radding

Thu, 10/12/2017

Logan Center Penthouse

University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street
Hyde Park

With Ingrid Laubrock, Sam Pluta, Peter Evans, Miya Masaoka, Kris Davis, Dan Peck and Tom Rainey

The septet’s music weaves together Ingrid Laubrock‘s compositions with improvisation and live processing, often in multiple simultaneous layers.The compositions straddle the boundaries of improvisation, new music and avant-jazz.

Ingrid Laubrock Septet consists of New York City-based musicians who have all made a huge impact as composers, performers and improvisers in their own right. It’s a cast of innovative performers who are specialized in experimental music and constantly look for fresh avenues to create truly new music.

Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel, Composition
Peter Evans – Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet (only on 10/12)
Miya Masaoka – Koto
Kris Davis – Piano
Sam Pluta – Electronics
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tom Rainey – Drums (tbc)

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds.
Her main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Ubatuba, and Serpentines. She has been part of several Anthony Braxton projects, including Falling River Quartet, Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet; and was one of the soloists in his latest opera Trillium J.
Awards include Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. She won best Soprano saxophonist in the 'Downbeat Annual Critics Poll in 2015.

Peter Evans, trumpeter/composer, has revolutionized the sound of his instrument. Leading his own bands and performing in groups like the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink Ensemble, he is considered one of the leading brass performers of his generation.

Miya Masaoka - musician, composer, sound artist - has created works for koto and electronics, Laser Koto, laptop, video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological response of plants, the human brain and her own body. Miya is the director of the MFA program in Sound Arts at Columbia University.

Dan Peck is principal tubist with the New York City Ballet. He also performs with his doom metal band The Gate and International Contemporary Ensemble. He recently recorded and released a record of Bach, Händel, and Scarlatti, transcribed for tuba, harpsichord, and piano.

Sam Pluta is Assistant Professor of Composition in the Music Department at the University of Chicago and director of the CHIME studio. His work explores the intersections between traditionally notated scores, improvisation, audio-visuals, psycho-acoustic phenomena, and installation-like soundscapes.

Kris Davis is a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers by the New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. 

Tom Rainey is one of the most sought after creative drummers in NYC.  He has performed and/or recorded with: John Abercrombie, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Albert Mangelsdorff, Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, and many others. Current projects as a leader include the Tom Rainey Trio and the quintet Obbligato.