Thursday October 11, 8pm $10 suggested donation
Ross Hammond (Sacramento, CA) has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, and more.
"A rising star on the West Coast jazz and improvised music scene..." -Chris Barton, LA Times
"His fluency as an improviser informs the elegance of the rustic themes that meditate upon place and personal connection..." (4 Stars) -Bill Meyer, Downbeat
Tyrone Page Jr. is an accomplished saxophonist and educator, He has had tremendous success working with composers and other musicians to expand contemporary saxophone repertoire. Actively involved in the performance of new works, Tyrone performs regularly in the Baltimore area and across the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied with Dr. Chris Ford. He holds degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University as well as a Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance and WindConducting.
James Young is a texpat making music in Baltimore. He is a composer and improvisor, administrator and educator, human and show runner. A majority of his work is as executive director for Mind on Fire, a modular orchestra focused on living composers, showcasing artists in Baltimore, and access. Otherwise he is writing music. He carries a doctorate in music composition, having devoted much of his life to studying the ability for organized sound to communicate and shape time.
Together they present True Fluorescent Skeleton, an exploration of memory, machinery, rust, ghosts, cybernetics, and neon while pushing into the utter sonic horizon of the tenor saxophone. James Young (composer) and Tyrone Page, Jr. (sax), got to know each other through musical projects in and around the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. The idea for TFS was sparked through an encounter with Jasper Johns’s Regrets (2012), a room-sized art work of false starts and dead ends: paintings, drawings, and prints intermingle with the tools that made them and sketches that preceded them - all pointing to the same subject. This skeleton is similarly arranged. Each track orbits the same single, musical theme, converging narratively and harmonically onto a single melody. Each track is a possibility for development, an abandoned waypoint from a spectral core. Ty is pushed to the extremes of his technique, building grooves of pulsed multi-phonics, marking the limits of breath and endurance, and channeling intense, patient focus into expanding the acoustic universe of the saxophone.