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Anna Webber’s Simple Trio

New York-based composer, saxophonist, and flutist Anna Webber has been called “one of the most exciting new arrivals on the New York avant-garde jazz scene,” by Peter Margasak, in the Chicago Reader. Since 2013 she has been working with her Simple Trio, featuring bandmates John Hollenbeck, on drums, and Matt Mitchell, on piano. The music of the Simple Trio highlights what the New York Times has called the “range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation.” Their third album, Idiom, was released to significant critical acclaim in 2021, following on the heels of their two albums with Skirl Records, Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014).

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Anna Webber is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live in the aesthetic overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. Outside of the Simple Trio, Webber’s other projects include her septet, with which she released 2019’s album Clockwise, and the Webber/Morris Big Band, co-led with saxophonist/composer Angela Morris. She has performed and/or recorded with bands led by Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Matt Mitchell, Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Ches Smith, and Hank Roberts, among others. Webber is a 2021 Berlin Prize Fellow and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She was top of the “Rising Star – Flute” category in Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll in 2020. She has additionally been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation (2015) and residencies from the MacDowell Colony (2017 & 2020), the Millay Colony for the Arts (2015), and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2014). Webber is originally from British Columbia, Canada.

Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers, including Tim Berne, Kim Cass, Kate Gentile, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Travis Laplante, Ava Mendoza, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Chris Speed, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, and Dan Weiss. He is an anchor member of several significant creative music ensembles which integrate composed and improvised music, including Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Dan Weiss’s Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, Kate Gentile’s Mannequins, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, Anna Webber’s Simple Trio, Ches Smith’s We All Break, the Dave King Trio, and Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux. He is also among the core performers of John Zorn’s Bagatelles. He is a 2015 recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award and a 2012 recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Composer/percussionist and five-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck is renowned in both jazz and new-music worlds. He has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He is well known in new-music circles for his longtime collaboration with Meredith Monk and has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians in jazz including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, and Tony Malaby. John is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), the ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award (2010), and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012). His most notable works include commissions by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ethos Percussion Group, Melbourne Jazz Festival, University of Rochester, Ensemble Cairn, Orchestre National de Jazz, and Frankfurt Radio Big Band. He joined McGill University Schulich School of Music’s faculty as professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation in 2015.

11 Oct 22
20:00 - 21:30
Piano Salon Christophori
Uferhallen, Uferstraße 8
13357 Berlin
Speaker: Anna Webber

This event took place on October 11, 2022.

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