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Concert: Matt Nelson, Ben Cohen, Colle Parte


Wednesday March 13, 8pm $10 suggested donation TICKETS

Matt Nelson is a bassist, improvisor and composer based in Knoxville, TN. Nelson's music focuses heavily on improvisation and composing music in the moment. Crafting his own personal sound using extended techniques, Nelson aims to bring his listeners to an unexpected place were only his raw musicality exists. His purpose is not to distract listeners from the instrument's conventional function, but to expand the breadth of sounds available to communicate his message. Nelson is a very active part of the Knoxville music scene and has spent a significant amount of the last few years touring with various bands from many different genres of music. He curates a regular series in Knoxville where he has opened for and performed with Peter Brotzmann, Tatsuya Nakatani and Rafael Toral.

Ben Cohen is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer. After growing up in rural Tennessee, Ben went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied with such luminaries as Jerry Coker and Donald Brown. After graduating, he moved to NYC where he continued his education under the tutelage of Ellery Eskelin. Now a regular on the Brooklyn creative music scene, Ben performs with Daniel Carter, Deric Dickens, Danny Fisher-Lochhead, John Merrit, Kenny Warren, Zach Clarke and many others. He leads his saxophone trio Viriditas and his record label Eschatology Records

Colla Parte
Drawing on traditions of jazz and contemporary art music, Colla Parte creates free chamber improvisation that moves from expressionistic intensity to reflective introversion and back again. The group is (in alphabetical order): Daniel Barbiero (double bass), Perry Conticchio (reeds), and Rich O’Meara (vibes and percussion).

Daniel Barbiero Daniel Barbiero (1958, New Haven CT) is a double bassist, sound artist and composer in the Washington DC area. He has released work under his own name and with such artists as electronic composer/bassist Cristiano Bocci; percussionist/electronics artist Massimo Discepoli, If, Bwana (Al Margolis); Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo; Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby and electronic composer/sound artist Steve Hilmy. His compositions have been performed by The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra, the Greek ensemble 6daEXIt, the Lower Mid-Atlantic Improvisers’ Orchestra, and others; he has performed works by composers Makoto Nomura, Alexis Porfiriadis, Wilhelm Matthies, Silvia Corda and others, some of which he commissioned. In addition to purely musical projects he regularly collaborates with dancers and has contributed soundtracks to experimental films and videos. He writes regularly on music and other arts for Avant Music News, Arteidolia, Perfect Sound Forever, Percorsi Musicali and other online publications.

Saxophonist and composer Perry Conticchio has built his 35-year career using the singular jazz sounds of the 1960s as a point of departure. His formal studies were at Miami University of Ohio and Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Joe Viola, John LaPorta and Charley Mariano. Moving to the Washington, DC area in 1976, Perry became an established figure in the "new" music scene. During this time he had the opportunity to perform with and learn from Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers and many others. From 1994-1998 Perry was co-leader of the successful jazz quartet "Clarity". Since then he has been leading his own quartet and contributing on projects with many area bands, including the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra. Perry has performed at many Washington area cultural events and nightclubs including The DC Jazz Festival, The Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival, Johns-Hopkins Spring Fest, Blues Alley, One Step Down, Twin's Jazz, The 9:30 Club and too many others to mention. His first CD, simply titled "The Perry Conticchio Quartet", was recorded in 1999 and contains classic jazz as well as original songs that highlight Perry's unique improvisational style.

Rich O’Meara (b. 1957) is best known for his compositions for marimba that are performed throughout the world. His work has been featured on the NPR program “New Sounds”, the PBS documentary “The Music Instinct, Science and Song” and can be heard on the Audite, Cybele, Animato, Codamusic, and Koch Discover International record labels. He gave a master class and concert of his works at the Eighth International Festival of Percussion in Patagonia, Argentina and has received four ASCAP Plus awards.

Since 1999 he has been a member of Silent Orchestra; a collaboration with composer/ keyboardist Carlos Garza to develop and perform new scores for classic silent films. Recent performances include the Smithsonian Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Virginia Film Festival, the Savannah Film Festival and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Silent Orchestra scores for “Nosferatu” (1922) and “Salome” (1923) are available on DVD from Image Entertainment. O’Meara has performed with Kwo’m Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, One Earth Percussion Theatre, the Contemporary Music Forum, the National Symphony, and as a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Along with the members of So Percussion and his son, Kevin O’Meara, he has played with the Dan Deacon Ensemble and appears on Dan’s albums “Bromst” and “America”. As an active member of the improv/experimental scene in the DC area, he has played with Colla Parte, Trio O, Large Glass Bead Game and the Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra.