New Artists Records
Non-label artists will include the dynamic pianism of Ursel Schlicht and the violin work of Stefano Pastor, of whom Crothers says, "His playing is like nothing anyone has heard before." Bassist/violinist/poet Henry Grimes
will perform in a quartet featuring saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc
, Crothers and drummer Chad Taylor
. As with the label, the common thread is the diversity of spontaneous improvisation, even when the frameworks are composed. All of the concerts will be recorded by musician and engineer Ben Manley, so some of the material's eventual release remains a possibility.
As for the future of New Artists, Crothers is understandably non-committal. "It's hard to tell exactly where we're going, when anyone has the freedom to produce whatever is desired. We will continue doing what we've done since the cooperative came into being."