Sunday, September 15, 2013
Eli Wallace - piano / Bill Noertker - contrabass, compositions
Nava Dunkelman - percussion / Tara Sreekrishnan - piano, software & MIDI / Jeanie-Aprille Tang - hardware electronics
the SIMM Series at Musicians' Union Hall
116 Ninth Street (near Mission) San Francisco CA 94103
$10 general • $8 students & seniors
In the spring of 2013 pianist Eli Wallace and contrabassist Bill Noertker began playing duets with intention of having Eli join Noertker's Moxie. They found the duet format to be very rewarding and thus was born Impromptu Latticework. Using Noertker's tunes as a springboard, they launch into an idiosyncratic dialogue through impromptu deconstruction and reconstruction of the compositional latticework.
Eli Wallace, pianist and composer, graduated from New England Conservatory with a Master’s in Music in 2011, where he was privileged to study with Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Ken Schaphorst, Frank Carlberg, and Kati Agocs. Since relocating to the Bay Area, he has played with numerous musicians in all different genres of music from straight ahead jazz, to rock/pop, to free improvisation. Some of the groups with which he’s appeared include: Karl Evangelista’s Ai-Ai, Jim Ryan’s Virtual Assembly and Retro Blue, John Givens’ No Lovely Thing, and Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade. He also appeared on Dan Meinhardt’s first album “Gone West”, released in 2012. His own recent project is a series of pieces composed specifically for solo piano that embraces his interest in jazz, improvisation, and contemporary classical music. Additionally, he co-leads a new trio with Karl Evangelista and Jon Arkin. As a composer he has been commissioned to write music for jazz big band, solo piano, chamber orchestra, and dance performances; he was also awarded Honorable Mention after submitting his piece “Influx Rebellion” to a competition with the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (in affiliation with Columbia University and the American Composers Orchestra).
Since 2001, bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been composing and performing suites of music inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others.
His group, Noertker's Moxie, has released eight CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and two volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite. He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, and composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010 - Short Film Corner.
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An improvisation trio consisting of percussion (Nava Dunkelman), piano/Software & MIDI (Tara Sreekrishnan), and hardware electronics (Jeanie-Aprille Tang). Tara, Nava, and Aprille met in the Music Improvisation Ensemble at Mills College, studying under Rachel Condry, in Fall 2011. With the encouragement of Fred Frith, the trio further developed their own sound and methods. Dapplegray emphasizes on the transition of sound coming from polar opposites. The transition between dreaming and waking life. Unfolding stories, dreams, nightmares, and vandalization of the past.