July 1, 2019 – Option Series @ ESS in Chicago

I am so happy to be a part of this lineup. Info here: https://ess.org/option

Set 1 – Jeff Albert (trombone and electronics)

Set 2 – Interview with Ken Vandermark

“Jeff Albert is a significant member of the improvised music scene both in his home town of New Orleans as well as abroad. As a performer, composer, music technologist, presenter and educator, he has worked endlessly and across multiple genres; developing and sharing his unique and personal musical vision. Jeff will present a solo set utilizing both trombone and electronics followed by an interview with Option curator Ken Vandermark. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the great multifaceted artists working in today’s contemporary music scene.” – ?Tim Daisy/Option Curator

Improvisation Clinic in Venice

Marcello, Will and I did a performance/workshop at the Academia musicale Giuseppe Verdi on the island of San Servolo in Venice. The students were very receptive and Marcello was an active translator. The ride back was a trip too.

Bobby Rush wins Grammy

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Bobby Rush with his Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for “Porcupine Meat.” It was a real honor to be asked by producer Scott Billington to write the horn parts and play trombone on this record. Bobby is great to work with, and I am so happy for him on his Grammy win.

Instigation Fest – New Orleans 2017

I have had the pleasure of interacting with musicians from the Chicago improvised music scene for about 10 years now. Recently some of that has been in the form of the Instigation Orchestra, which has been instigated by Steve Marquette.  More of that is happening the week of February 6. Details below.

February 6th at 10pm | Hi-Ho Lounge | 2239 St Claude Ave
Mixed groupings with:
Jeff Albert (trombone), Helen Gillet (cello) Anton Hatwich (bass), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Steve Marquette (guitar), James Singleton (bass), Paul Thibodeaux (drums), Mars Williams (saxophones)

February 7th at 9:30pm | Zeitgeist | 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
Set 1
Aurora Nealand (reeds, acoordion), Lia Kohl (cello), Mars Williams (reeds), Rob Cambre (guitar), Jarell Hamilton (dance), Chanice Holmes (dance), Martiza Mercado-Narcisse (dance)
Set 2
Paul Thibodeaux (drums), Reagan Mitchell (saxophones), Steve Marquette (guitar) , Katinka Kleijn (cello), Marie Casimir (dance) Maritza Mercado – Narcisse (dance)
Set 3
Lia Kohl (cello), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Helen Gillet (cello), Kim Alpert(video)
Set 4
Jeff Albert (trombone), Anton Hatwich (bass), Damon Locks (voice, electronics), Kim Alpert(video)

February 8th at 8pm | New Quorum | 2435 Esplanade Ave
Mixed groupings with:
Anton Hatwich (bass), Felicia Holman (dance), Jeremy Guyton (dance), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Lia Kohl (cello), Damon Locks (voice, electronics) Steve Marquette (guitar), Meida McNeal (dance), Jasmine Mendoza (dance), Avreeayl Ra (drums), Cristal Sabbagh (dance), Mars Williams (reeds)

February 9th at 10am | Live Oak Cafe | 8140 Oak Str
James Singleton (bass), Steve Marquette (guitar)

February 9th at 10pm | AllWays Lounge 2240 St Claude Ave
Set 1
Steve Marquette (solo guitar)
Set 2
Marcello Benetti Shuffled Quartet – Marcello Benetti (drums), Helen Gillet (cello), Jeff Albert (trombone), Rex Gregory (reeds)
Set 3
Mars Williams’ Faces & Places : The Music of Ornette Coleman – Mars Williams (reeds, arrangements), Avreeayl Ra (drums), Anton Hatwich (bass), Rex Gregory (reeds), Mario Abney (trumpet)

February 10th at 8pm | Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp St, New Orleans

The Instigation Orchestra with the Djasporas

The Instigation Orchestra
Jeff Albert (trombone), Anton Hatwich (bass), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Lia Kohl (cello), Damon Locks (voice, electronics), Steve Marquette (guitar), Reagan Mitchell (saxophone), Aurora Nealand (reeds, accordion and voice), James Singleton (bass, pocket trumpet), Paul Thibodeaux (drums), Mars Williams (reeds)

The Djasporas
Marice Casimir (dance), Jeremy Guyton (dance), Felicia Holman (dance), Kai Knight (dance), Meida McNeal (dance), Jasmine Mendoza (dance), Cristal Sabbagh (dance)

Special guest Alvin Fielder (drums)

The Instigation Festival brings together some of the finest musicians and dancers from Chicago and New Orleans for a week of improvised collaboration. Throughout the week, these performers will meet in small and mid-sized music, dance and interdisciplinary ensembles culminating on Friday February 10th with a performance by the full Instigation Orchestra and the Djasporas – a large ensemble of twenty musicians and dancers.