Cello / Bass Duo of T.J. Borden and Kyle Motl from San Diego followed by New Mexico’s Pentet
You are invited to Fresh Santa Fe’s totally original, fully adventurous evening of music from 7 artists.
Up first are the touring duo of exploratory improvizational cello and bass, T.J. Borden (cello) and Kyle Moti (bass) — followed by the dynamic interactions and virtioustic playing by a quintet of New Mexico heavyweights Chris Jonas (soprano saxophone), Micah Hood (trombone), Jeremy Bleich (guitar), Justin Bransford (bass), Milton Villarrubia III (drums). The musicians of Pentent consistently draw strong crowds and their upcoming album is highly anticipated in New Mexico’s music scene.
This one-night performance takes place on Wednesday, March 23 from 7pm-10pm at Fresh Santa Fe, 2855 Cooks Road, Studio A. The fee for the evening is $5.00 at the door.
ABOUT CELLO/BASS DUO
Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser. Active in a variety of ensembles and settings, Kyle’s work crosses the boundaries between idioms as wide as free jazz, contemporary concert music, and extreme metal. Current interests include extended harmonic techniques for solo bass improvisation, electroacoustic performance with live electronics and improvising software, modular compositional schemes, recursive and generative structuring, and exploration of complex sonic spectra.
Current projects include ongoing musical relationships with the Abbey Rader Quartet and Peter Kuhn Trio, as well as duos with Drew Ceccato and TJ Borden. The Kyle Motl Trio, featuring Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos is a collaborative platform for new compositions weaving complex structures together with free improvisation. Kyle has performed alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, and John Lindberg, among others.
Hailed for his “technically polished playing” as well as an “endless amount of musical knowledge and creativity”, T.J. Borden is a rising force in the experimental music landscape. T.J. has performed with many contemporary music luminaries such as the JACK Quartet, the Theater of Eternal Music Brass and String Band, the Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Offspring, Tony Conrad, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and Steve McCaffery. He has performed at XFest in Massachusetts, Soundways New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, June in Buffalo, the New Media Art and Sound Summit in Austin, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. His performance of Witold Lutoslawski’s “Cello Concerto” with the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Bassin was praised for how he “mastered the works intricacies with elegant grace.” Currently, T.J. is a member of the [Switch~ Ensemble], a group dedicated to the performance of works that incorporate multimedia into live performance and is looking forward to performing with them at the VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain this summer.
As an improviser, T.J. has toured throughout Europe and North America and his improvisations are included in Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi’s film “Shockwaves”. He is particularly committed to working directly with composers and has worked with several established composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier as well as many younger composers, which is a priority for him. As a creative force, Tyler has been commissioned to write and perform by a variety of entities, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Mitzie Collins.
NBC San Diego on Kyle Motl, “Unbelievable to watch and listen to. This is a guy to watch.”
Upstate Soundscape on T.J. Borden, “You’ve never heard a cello played like this.”
Chris Jonas (soprano and tenor saxophone) is a Santa Fe composer, sax player, documentary producer/filmmaker, community engagement facilitator and video artist. As an instrumentalist and composer/conductor, he has performed, recorded and toured internationally with many of today’s most adventurous artists, working extensively with Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Del Sol String Quartet, TILT Brass, The Crossing Choir and many others. Jonas is a 2009 United States Artists award winner, a winner of the 2012 Meet the Composer/Commissioning USA award for GARDEN, his ongoing series of live music and transmedia works, and 2012 Rockwood Fellow. He is Executive Director and co-founder of the NM-based arts and social justice non-profit, Littleglobe and is President of the composer/performers collective in NYC, the Tri-Centric Foundation.
Micah Hood (trombone) is a trombonist, improviser, lecturer and a composer/arranger. His performance credits include the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Opera Southwest, The Figueroa Project, The New Mexico Symphony Chorus, Chatter, Carmina Escobar, The Temptations, Jerry Lopez, Carlos Reyes, Darren Cordova y Calor, the Jackie Zamora Brazilian Quintet, among many others. He is currently the trombonist for Breaking Brass, Pentet, The Maqam Ensemble, Dixieland band: The Route 66 Revelers and for the South American-style band, Baracutanga. Micah is a lecturer at the University of New Mexico and at the Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design.
Jeremy Bleich (guitar) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed across Europe, Turkey and The Americas. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is involved with presenting new music through his Grasshopper Music record label, develops children’s compositions through a Kennedy Center Arts Integration program for the Santa Fe Opera, composes music for Circus group WiseFool New Mexico, and is a music director and facilitating artist for Lifesongs, a program through the Academy For The Love of Learning.
Justin Bransford (acoustic bass) brings heart and soul to every stage he performs on. His experience interacting with musicians, singers and dancers from many different backgrounds has given him a diverse musical vocabulary. Justin is an active working musician in New Mexico both on stage and in the studio. In addition to fronting his own quartet, Justin currently performs with Pentet, John Kurzweg Band, Hill & the Brethren, The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and others.
Milton Villarrubia’s music (drums) is informed by his formal training at the University of New Orleans and incorporates everything from composition to electronic improvisation to traditional jazz. He’s involved with diverse musical projects in Santa Fe including New Orleans funk band Pollo Frito, the electro-improvised music of Ink on Paper with long time collaborator Carlos Santistevan, the Mil-Tones brass band, a Southern gothic Americana duo called The Catahoula Curse and performances with JA Deane’s Out of Context. Milton is also the head chef at the Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe, NM.
For more information on this performance, contact Gregory at gregory@waitsstudioworks or call 270-2654.