Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ni Kantu Presents: Slipp/Manski Duo, Cooper-Moore + Newman Taylor Baker, Ben Stapp

On May 9, New Revolution Arts, Jazz Right Now and Ni Kantu are proud to present an evening of creative music in Bushwick!

New Revolution Arts is located at 7 Stanhope Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn off the J stop at Kosciuszko Street.

Music will start promptly at 8 PM.
Cost for the evening: $15
*all proceeds go to the musicians*

8:00 PM | Set 1

Ben Stapp, tuba

Improvising composer and conductor Ben Stapp has become familiar to New Yorkers through his orchestral works with the Zozimos Collective, featuring many top-tier local improvisers and operating in song cycles that act as a missing link between Tom Waits and the Bley/Mantler Jazz Composers’ Orchestra. He’s also led a crack trio with drummer Satoshi Takeishi and saxophonist Tony Malaby, as well as performing and recording with such creative music luminaries as trumpeters Stephen Haynes and Herb Robertson, Portuguese saxophonist Alipio C. Neto, bassists William Parker and Ken Filiano, and contemporary ensembles TILT and the ICE. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear his unaccompanied music.

9:00 PM | Set 2

Cooper-Moore, homemade and invented instruments, with Newman Taylor Baker, washboard

Cooper-Moore has been a fixture in free music since the early 1970s, working initially with reedist Alan Michael Braufman and in a cooperative unit with saxophonist David S. Ware and drummer Marc D. Edwards called Apogee, and later in William Parker’s In Order To Survive and co-leading the trios Triptych Myth and Digital Primitives. Known for his tough, incisive approach to the keyboard, Cooper-Moore has also spent decades crafting his own instruments from discarded and found materials, including the diddley-bow (bass monochord), twanger (fretless dichord), horizontal hoe-handled harp, ashimba (marimba), banjo and drumset. Also a storyteller and vocalist, Cooper-Moore is joined here by veteran percussionist Newman Taylor Baker, known worldwide as a virtuoso of the washboard. This will be a meeting between two masters of creative music that reaches back to the historical roots of improvisation and heads forth in new, unheard directions. 

10:00 PM | Set 3

Kristin Slipp, voice and Dov Manski, Wurlitzer keyboard

The Brooklyn-via-Maine duo of Slipp and Manski co-created one of the most fascinating discs in recent memory, A Thousand Julys, released on Sunnyside in 2013. Their interpretations of the standard repertoire are fresh and beguiling, Slipp’s enunciation shifting between near-Sprechstimme and coy indie-pop delivery. Manski’s approach to the keyboard is both airy and chunky, a perfect match for Slipp’s vocal approach and together they launch familiar repertory into uncharted waters. Slipp has been active in diverse settings like Cuddle Magic, Twins of El Dorado and The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, and Dov Manski has shared stages and studios with many notable musicians including George Garzone, Bill McHenry, Bob Moses, and Scott Robinson. Both artists studied at the New England Conservatory and call to mind the ethos of such musician-teachers as Ran Blake, George Russell, Steve Lacy, Joe Maneri and Joe Morris. As a final set for the evening, Slipp and Manski will close with more open ends than tied knots.