Gerry Hemingway / Terrence McManus Duo – July 8, 8 pm

Gerry Hemingway / Terrence McManus Duo

Gerry Hemingway/Terrence McManus Duo: Performing July 8 at Capitol Lakes Grand Hall in Madison

@ Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
333 West Main Street, Madison
(please note location change from previous announcement)

Schedule of events:
Master class: July 8, 5-7 p.m. $20
Concert: July 8, 8:00 p.m. $15 G/A ($12 students)
(concert + masterclass package: $5 discount)

Gerry Hemingway – trap set, acoustic and electronic addenda
Terrence McManus – handmade guitars and electronic processing

This heavy-hitting duo is fluent and unpredictable, swinging one minute and teetering on chaos the next. It is improvised music with a sense of form, a natural flow of transformation an engaging listening experience.

Terrence McManus (handmade guitars and electronic processing) and Gerry Hemingway (trap set and some acoustic and electronic addenda) perform a duo music that is primarily improvised, having evolved from several intense years of work together in numerous settings. Their previous work together has primarily been in the context of performing each other’s compositions which as a process has more finely honed their collective musical language into a cohesive, thoughtful and far reaching results. There is no limit to the territory these two master improvisors might traverse. A Monk tune might present itself in a sincere traditional setting or may find itself extended beyond hardcore industrial noise textures. It is a music of interplay and listening, that engages, challenges and delights the listener all at once with its virtuosity, sense of humor, intensity and honesty.

A master class by Terrence McManus and Gerry Hemingway focuses primarily on the art of improvisation in a format that seeks to dialogue directly with the workshop’s participants. If appropriate, musicians participating in the workshop will have an opportunity to play with either Terrence or Gerry and get feedback and proposals for their musical development. In the course of the process the participant or auditor (non-musician) to the workshop will get an insight into how these two musicians developed such a highly personalized and far reaching musical repertoire.

Percussionist and composer Gerry Hemingway was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955, and has been at the
forefront of creative music for three decades. He joined and remained a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet for eleven years from 1983 – 1994, and has also collaborated with, among many others, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, George Lewis, John Cale and Hank Roberts. He can be heard on over 100 recordings from many different record labels, among them: Tzadik Records, Enja, Palmetto, Random Acoustics, Auricle Records, and Hat Art. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation on the Arts, commissions through the Parabola Arts Foundation with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, and a commission from the Kansas City Symphony with funding from Meet the Composer.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, guitarist Terrence McManus grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut. He has performed with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne,  Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Cox, Kermit Driscoll, Russ Lossing, Marty Ehrlich, Mat Maneri, Billy Mintz, Michael Sarin, and Gene Bertoncini. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Ellis Island, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. In 2008 Terrence was featured in the book, State of the Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words(Yale University Press), by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson, and in conjunction with The Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, TX, where the book’s images were on exhibition. Actively involved in education, Terrence has taught at William Paterson University, the University of Nebraska, and The New School in New York City.


~ by Surrounded by Reality Jazz on June 21, 2010.

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