Please note the 4PM start time!
Sunday May 6th 4 PM $10
A year on Saturn lasts about as long as 29.5 years here on Earth. Roughly, every 59 years, Saturn has completed a pair of delicious trips around the sun.
Join me as I celebrate the ride and welcome a full slate of amazing artists, featuring Gerald Cleaver and Travis Laplante to Rhizome for an afternoon of music and laughter on the first Sunday in May.
SUBTLE DEGREES =-= Cleaver-drums/Laplante-reeds
In 2001, when he was only 18 years old, Travis Laplante played a concert at New York’s Knitting Factory, then a pre-eminent mecca for adventurous music of all kinds. Gerald Cleaver was in the audience, and came up to Laplante afterwards, handed him his phone number and said they should play together sometime. They soon did, “and I felt a very intimate and spiritual connection with Gerald that feels more alive than ever today,” Laplante says. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Gerald and have long considered him one of my favorite living improvisers.”
The two have performed together various times over the ensuing 17 years, but Laplante never felt he was quite ready to record with Cleaver. “It got to the point where I took a multiple-year break from playing with him because I felt like I didn’t have enough to bring to the table,” says Laplante. “I needed to practice so I could have more to give to our musical relationship.” Then, in the fall of 2016, Laplante received a commission to compose a piece to be performed at Roulette in Brooklyn the following spring. “I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to return to this relationship with Gerald.” And so Laplante began composing an epic-scale work with Cleaver’s rhythmic virtuosity in mind.
(plus, in various small groups to be
determined at the performance site)
JENNY MOON TUCKER
<< Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore, Saturn in retrograde is a double dose of karma. Karma, like Saturn, is very closely bound to time. >>
Note the mid afternoon start time.