Prajna Desai & Richard Sears, Curtis+Garabedian+Sperrazza Sept 14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    The collaborative trio Curtis+Garabedian+Sperrazza finds itself at the crossroads of musical and personal exploration resulting in true band-hood and non-hierarchical playing. Each of the members – Caleb Wheeler Curtis (alto saxophone), Noah Garabedian (bass), and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) – are integral parts of the creative music community as leaders, collaborators and instigators. The music in this trio is organized but open and expressive, finding opportunity to explore their music through shared values free from expectations and engrained principles.
    Prajna Desai - text and translation
    Richard Sears - piano and composition
    Sarah Elizabeth Charles - voice
    Mariel Roberts - cello
    Satoshi Takeishi - percussion 

    "Confetti Palace" is a duet based on a translation of "Portrait des Meidosems," a suite of French prose-poems published in 1949 by Belgian writer Henri Michaux. The poems narrate the life and times of the Meidosems, a mysterious troupe of protagonists who are practically formless and looking for something. Much like Michaux's, our narrative is also about the Meidosems and their quest. Is it for beauty? Is it for release? The story unravels as a sung-spoken exchange between two interlocutors, Jun and Sora. Jun filters Michaux's vision of the Meidosems. Sora teases out its tired desire for control. Together, they follow the Meidosems, from a city of sugar, from under a leather sky, to their destination.

    Prajna Desai is an art historian and writer of fiction. Her first book of poetry will be published by Planta Baja Press in October 2019. She lives across languages and resides in Brooklyn. Bombay is home.

    Richard Sears is a pianist and composer living in Brooklyn. He has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013), and has worked with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others.

    Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. Charles has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, the first annual Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, The Kennedy Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival and many more.

    American cellist Mariel Roberts is widely recognized not just for her “virtuosic” performances, but as a “fearless explorer” (Chicago Reader) in her field. Her collaborators include some of the most important figures on the contemporary and experimental scene, such as George Lewis, Alex Mincek, Tim Hecker, Nate Wooley, M. Lamar, Patrick Higgins (Zs), Jeffrey Mumford, Eric Wubbels, and Ambrose Akinmusire.