Open Ground: Pilot House (w Vinnie Sperrazza, Ethan Iverson & Sam Newsome) Roman FIliu & Musae Dec 15

    7:30pm Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Roman Filiu Sextet
    David Virelles- piano
    Craig Weinrib-drums
    María Grand- tenor sax
    Mauricio Herrera- Percusion
    Guitar -TBA
    Román Filiu- alto sax, compositions

    Pilot House
    Vinnie Sperrazza - drums
    Sam Newsome - saxophone
    Ethan Iverson - piano
    Román Filiú and Musae presents:
    Okàn: El Libro De Las Almas

    New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists. He is currently a member of Henry Threadgill´s Ensemble Double Up, and leads several groups himself such as Quarteria, which features David Virelles, Ralph Alessi, Matt Brewer, Dayna Stephens, Yusnier Sánchez, and Craig Weinrib as well as the Roman Filiú Quartet with Billy Hart, David Virelles, and Thomas Morgan.Among his many collaborations, Román has played in Chucho Valdés´Irakere (Grammy Award nominated Babalú Ayé, Grammy Award winning New Conceptions),  has been the musical director of David Murray´s Big Band and has played with outstanding musicians Andrew Cyrille, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Grammy Award nominated Antiguo), Steve Coleman Dafnis Prieto, Milford Graves, Miguel Zenón, Doug Hammond, Nasheet Waits, Michele Rosewoman, Omara Portuondo, Marcus Gilmore, Lázaro Ross, Alain Pérez, Iván Melón Lewis, Román Díaz, Damion Reid, Pablo Milanés, Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump, Pepe Rivero, Adam Rogers, Rez Abassi, Roy Hargrove, and Chano Domínguez to name a few.

    The musician has been a recipient of the Jazz Gallery Commission Series, the Langnau Jazz Fest Artist in Residence, the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Award, and the Lucas Artist Residency. He has established himself as a prominent and innovative composer through his work for numerous small ensembles and has written pieces for string quartet, solo piano and saxophone quartet. Roman has also released the albums Blowin’ Reflections and Musae, which were praised by the press for their quality and depth.

    Okàn: El libro De Las Almas has made possible thanks to the support of Chamber Music America New Jazz Works 2016 program with generous funding from the Doris duke Charitable Foundation

    Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza comprise the group Pilot House. Assembled by Sperrazza, the group’s focus is on total improvisation, synthesizing the different musical languages spoken in the group and creating an ever-evolving group sound. This is their fourth show.