05 April 2011

Sunshine Soldier, Saxophone in Machines, Peter Cassino

Friday April 15, 8:30 at Zumix, 260 Sumner St, E. Boston, MA 02128

Saxophone in Machines:

is Michael Dobiel and Kelly Roberge. Their axes of choice are saxophones and laptops. The duo seeks to tame these machines to create a fully integrated improvised music. Mike and Kelly have been playing together since May 2010. This day was characterized by everything from malfunctioning computers, to microphones being beaten against the ground. It was all done against the backdrop of a video of moon landings. They have not looked back

Sunshine Soldier:

It is rare that a new improvising band can walk right pastconvention and into a sonic territory all their own. Sunshine Soldier is doing just that. Whether its the delicious sonic hideousness of Brad Henkel playing a balloon through his mouthpiece, the soft-spoken
melodies on Stardrum's melodica or the crunchy, percussive blasts from Carlson's baritone guitar, these guys are executing their sonic landscapes fearlessly.

Peter Cassino piano:

In 1961 at the young age of 21, Peter was one of a growing number of American jazz players who relocated to Europe. During that time, Peter had the opportunity to play with a number of prominent players who were also living in Europe. Among them were trumpeter Benny Baily, alto saxophonist Leo Wright, and drummer Joe Harris. His life as a full-time jazz musician really started in West Berlin during this time. In 1969 Peter returned to the United States and completed his formal music studies. As an undergraduate piano major at the School for the Arts at Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, he had the good fortune to study piano with Leon Tumarkin and Anthony di Bonaventura. He received a Master of Music in jazz piano from the New England Conservatory where he studied piano with Jaki Byard and composition with George Russell.

Mr Cassino is head of the Modern American Music Department at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

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