Saxophonist Larry Ochs, who is probably best known as one of the founders of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, will curate two concerts next weekend at the Center for New Music (C4NM).
On Friday, August 22, he will be performing with one of his other groups, the trio Jones Jones. Ochs leads this trio with rhythm backup from Mark Dresser on bass and Vladimir Tarasov on percussion. The group was formed in 2008 and released their first album, We All Feel The Same Way, the following year. They have given tours in both the United States and Europe. (Tarasov is Lithuanian.) This performance will begin at 8 p.m.
The following night, Saturday, August 23, Ochs will curate a two-set concert that will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Steven Lugerner will open with his latest solo project, “Gravitations.” He is a multiple-reed player living in San Francisco whose projects explore the juxtaposition of composed music with improvisation. Writing for The Village Voice, Francis Davis has described the results of such juxtaposition as “a textured, nearly seamless blend.” “Gravitations” is based on recorded samples of improvisations from songwriter Angelo Spagnolo and pianist Fred Hersch. Those samples are then rearranged and orchestrated for multiple woodwinds and performed through cassette players and amplification.
Lugerner’s performance will be followed by The Westerlies. This is a brass quartet based in New York and formed in 2011 by four friends from Seattle. (New Yorkers may think of them as winds blowing in from the west.) Their mission has been to narrow the gap between the genres of American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. Since the group formed, they have premiered over 40 original works.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner of Market Street. Tickets for Jones Jones on August 22 will be $15 for general admission and $10 for members. Tickets for the August 23 two-set gig will be $10 for general admission and $5 for members. For both of these events, tickets will only be available at the door.