Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors - official premiere of CMA-commissioned New Jazz Work "Bear Proof"
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Bay Area native Todd Sickafoose is a musical visionary. JazzTimes calls him “thoroughly original” and “endlessly creative,” the San Francisco Chronicle calls him “a captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration,” and the magazine Bass Player calls him “stunningly brilliant.” He’s worked with an array of amazing performers – the New Yorker has referred to him as “Ani DiFranco’s secret weapon” – and produced albums Anaïs Mitchell and Erin McKeown.
Tonight’s concert will include the world premiere of Bear Proof, an hour-long piece commissioned by Chamber Music America. Todd describes the music, which he composed specifically for this octet version of Tiny Resistors, as “a wordless portrait of booms and busts in the Golden State.”
The Tiny Resistors are an all-star ensemble featuring musicians who have played with an astounding range of musical innovators, from Lou Reed to Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell to Norah Jones, Tin Hat to Dr. Lonnie Smith. The octet features Todd on bass, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Rob Reich on accordion, Erik Deutsch on piano, Adam Levy on guitar, and Allison Miller on drums.
Bear Proof by Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2011 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.