MCMC Fundraiser Nov 14
MCMC Benefit Concert featuring
Wayne Horvitz, Paul Rucker
Wednesday, November 14th 2007
1412 18th Ave (at 18th and Union)
$10-$25 donation / All Ages / 7 PM
The Monktail Creative Music Concern will be holding a benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz performing a rare set of solo piano music. The concert will be held at Gallery 1412 on Capitol Hill, November 14th at 7pm. The evening will also feature cellist, composer and installation artist Paul Rucker and pianist/vocalist Stephen Fandrich.
A collective of composers, musicians and artists based out of Seattle, WA, the Monktail Creative Music Concern have been the driving force behind a surge in creative, uncompromising original music from the Pacific Northwest in recent years. They won a 2006 Earshot Golden Ear Award for Concert of the Year for their performance of music by innovator Raymond Scott at last year’s Earshot Jazz Festival. They hosted the blockbuster free concert series Sounds Outside throughout the summer of 2007 at the newly refurbished Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. And in the past year MCMC have released four new CD’s on their Monktail Records label.
The proceeds from this event will go toward maintaining the administrative side of the collective’s current and future activities. MCMC have tirelessly propagated, promoted, produced and preserved creative/experimental music in the Seattle area for over 10 years. This is an opportunity for the arts community to show their support by helping to sustain the collective’s vital activities.
Composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz performs extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. He is leader and principal composer for the quartet Sweeter Than the Day and performs regularly as an improviser on both piano and electronics throughout the world. Past ensembles include The President and the Horvitz, Morris, Previte Trio, Pigpen, Zony Mash, The New York Composers’ Orchestra, Ponga and The Four Plus One Ensemble. His newest ensemble, The Gravitas Quartet, is a chamber group featuring cellist Peggy Lee, trumpeter Ron Miles and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck.
As a composer, Horvitz has been commissioned by The Kitchen, The Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players and Earshot Jazz. He has received commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, The N.Y. State Arts Council, The Mary Flagler Carey Trust, The Seattle Arts Commission, The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and The Fund for U.S. Artists. Recent premieres include the V Series for chamber orchestra and Mountain Language for string quartet, Vienna 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he was awarded a Rockefeller MAP grant for the creation of a new piece, Joe Hill, for chamber orchestra and voice, which premiered in October of 2004 in Seattle. His 2003 composition, Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur for String Quartet and soloist, funded in part by a Seattle City Artist grant, premiered in March of 2004. This composition and his earlier string quartet, Mountain Language are released on the Tzadik label. His newest string quartet, These Hills of Glory, was commissioned with support from 4Culture and the Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. His recent collaboration with Tucker Martine, Mylab, was on the top 10 CD list for 2004 in jazz in both the New Yorker and Amazon.com. In February 2005 he received the Golden Ear award from Earshot Jazz for "Concert of the Year."
Works for theater and dance include music for the 1998 production of Death of A Salesman for
Horvitz has also composed and produced music for a variety of video, film, television and other multimedia projects, including two projects with director Gus Van Sant, a full length score for PBS’s Chihuly Over Venice and two films about the creation of Seattle’s EMP museum. His 85-minute score to Charlie Chaplin’s film The Circus, for two pianos, two clarinets, and violin premiered in January 2000 in Oporto, Portugal.
As a sideman and collaborator he has performed and recorded with Billy Bang, Carla Bley, Curlew, Marty Ehrlich, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, David Moss, Bobby Previte, Elliott Sharp, Michael Shrieve, Kazutoki Umezu, Philip Wilson and John Zorn (Naked City, Cobra, etc.), among others. He has produced records for the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, Marty Ehrlich, Fontella Bass, The Living Daylights, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Eddie Palmieri and local songwriters Cathy Croce, Karen Pernick and David Russell among others.
Paul Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist emphasizing musical composition. He currently resides in Seattle, where he’s an active cellist-bassist-composer and visual artist. He was a recent (Fall 2006) Rockefeller Study Center Fellowship recipient at Bellagio, Italy, where he expanded his use of "polytempos." As a composer, Rucker has released two highly acclaimed CDs. "History of an Apology" features compositions and bass playing by Rucker alongside such musicians as Bill Frisell, Julian Priester, Jovino Santos Neto, Hans Teuber, and others. "Oil," which was nominated for "Jazz CD of the Year" in 2004 by Earshot Jazz, features Rucker on cello and Hans Teuber on alto saxophone. His Paul Rucker LARGE Ensemble was nominated for Outside Ensemble of the Year in 2004. Rucker won "Best Emerging Artist of 2004" from Earshot, and "Jazz Artist of the Year 2005" from the Seattle Music Awards. Rucker’s recent interactive installation "Wall of Pieces" was on display at Consolidated Works in Seattle alongside Trimpin’s "Sheng High." The installation recently won inclusion in a juried competition that included hundreds of entries from Seattle, Vancouver B.C., and Portland, OR. An image of the entry will be published in a book to be released by Visual Codec in January 2007. He has received numerous grants for visual art and music from 4Culture, Seattle Mayor’s Office, Washington State Arts Commission, Art Patch, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. In addition to the Bellagio fellowship, he has been awarded residencies to Blue Mountain Center, Ucross Foundation, Art OMI, Banff Center, and Jack Straw New Media Gallery (May 2007).
Stephen Fandrich is an artist with a unique perspective. As part of a family of piano innovators, he has been surrounded by the piano all his life, however, his interest in music was not apparent till about the age of thirteen. He began learning music at the piano by ear from recordings and by rote from his father Darrell Fandrich, a gifted pianist and renowned piano technician. Fandrich attended Cornish College of the Arts as a jazz pianist under Randy Halberstadt, as a classical pianist under Peter Mack and finished with a degree in music composition under Jarrad Powell. In 2003 Stephen Fandrich gave his debut concert as a classical pianist at the Frye Art Museum playing his own works amid a classical program of Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. Quietly, word of Fandrich’s pianism has spread throughout the Northwest in classical and jazz circles though his appearances have been scarce. Viewed by his peers as an incredible performer, interpreter and improviser at the piano, surprisingly it is his voice that has brought him the most acclaim. His skill as a vocalist, overtone-singer and composer for voice, has brought him all around the Puget Sound area and the Northwest,