Sat, Jan 11|
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Violist Joanna Mattrey releases her new album, legendary percussionist William Hooker's quartet performs his brilliant new work Symphonie of Flowers, and Sophia Petrides presents a deep listening of sonic scenes from her sound film BREATHING WITH THE ROOM.
Jan 11, 2020, 8:00 PM
Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA
About the Event
BREATHING WITH THE ROOM
A deep listening experience and sonic journey through the outer/political and inner/existential space, from the unreality of the seen to the reality of the unseen. The scenes follow unidentified characters who take trips daily from the privacy of their intimate space—Home, Mother, Father and Child figures—to the public space of the sociopolitical domain. As an exercise in withdrawal into one’s self through the aural properties of space and time, the work strives to rekindle the cognitive, emotional, and moral properties that have atrophied under capitalism.
The legendary composer and drummer brings his quartet to play excerpts from his new record, Symphonie of Flowers. William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.” —Thomas Stanley.
Joanna Mattrey is a violist active in both the new music and free improvisation communities who's playing often incorporates textural gestures, preparations, and electronic alterations. She is searching for moments of ceremony and ritual in a modern soundscape. Mattrey has played with such luminaries as Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Erik Friedlander, Nick Dunston and others among New York City's Downtown scene.