TRIO CELEBRATES “SOMETHING QUIET” RELEASE
The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present the premiere performance of Bob Gluck’s Something Quiet, a new saxophone, piano and bass trio, on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7pm in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Performing will be pianist Bob Gluck, soprano saxophonist Joe Giardullo and bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan. This concert marks the release of the trio’s first recording, ‘Something Quiet’ on the British FMR jazz label. A second show will take place the following evening in New York City. Originally, this concert was scheduled as an evening of Piano & Bass Duets by Gluck and Sullivan.
The trio’s CD has received rave advance reviews. Karl Ackermann wrote in All About Jazz: “Something Quiet is completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging,” adding “as a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor…” In his four-star review in Audiofile Audition, Doug Simpson observes that the recording “merges chamber jazz with tempo changes, differing tonalities, varying volume and a musical tapestry where anything can and often does happen.” Michael Edwards in Jazzofonik calls the CD “a gently insistent and compelling collection for which the term "rewards repeated listenings" is definitely apt. The sound is potent yet expansive and open-ended.”
Bob Gluck has been described as "...an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner and Don Pullen" by Chronogram and "...a brilliant improviser" by Cadence. His life has been a labyrinth in which spirituality, politics and music-making all come together. Raised in New York as a conservatory student and political activist, Gluck spent many years away from music, leading a life as a rabbi. His return to composing in 1995 and to the piano in 2005 marked the beginning of a continually unfolding career as a musician, educator and writer. He joined the faculty of the University at Albany in 1999 and is now Associate Professor of Music and director of the Electronic Music Studio. With influences as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gluck discovered a way to marry interests in electronic music with his love of jazz. Gluck’s approach as a pianist and composer merges intuition with a broad sonic palate in which lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. ‘Something Quiet’ is his fifth recording.
Joe Giardullo is a soprano saxophonist/composer whose work encompasses avant jazz, new complexity, indeterminate and new music genres. In 1976, he began composing what he considered to be “experimental” works and recorded them in GRAVITY (1979), works for Creative Chamber Ensemble. From 1977 to 1980, Giardullo divided his time between New York and Europe, working on his Gravity compositions in private and publicly performing as an avant jazz instrumentalist. He became involved with the composer Anthony Braxton, doing pre-production work on Braxton's Music For four Orchestras (Arista). As an instrumentalist, Joe has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe with such artists as Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, The Deep Listening Band, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Carlos Zingaro, Milford Graves, Bill Dixon, Marilyn Crispell, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Thomas Buckner, Lori Freedman, Lester Lanin and Peg Leg Bates.
Christopher Dean Sullivan is a renowned bassist of many musical languages: jazz, funk, reggae, Latin, fusion, Caribbean, Indian, African and Eurocentric perceptions, rock, country, and more. He has shared the stage with Stanley Jordan, Pete Seeger, Archie Shepp, Charli Persip, Yusef Lateef, Grant Green, Horace Parlan, Joe McPhee, Sonny Simmons, Cecil Payne, Joe Lovano, Roy Campbell Jr., to name a few, and led his own ensembles within the U.S. and abroad. Sullivan can be heard on records and CDs from jazz and blues to acoustic folk, funk and gospel. He has recorded with reedist Michael Marcus, drummer Codaryl Cody Moffett, reedist Joe Giardullo and singer Sheila Jordan as well as Carl Grubbs, Odean Pope and Newman Taylor Baker. Sullivan also performs with the Cotton Club All Star Orchestra and he has toured with 50s/60s groups including the Marcel's, The Drifters and the Sharelles.
Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office. For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.