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Christopher Hoffman

Christopher is best known as a cellist to a varying list of bands, singer/songwriters, film makers, composers, improvisers and noisers. Christopher leads a band called Sad Companion as well as Limpet Trio, Iosono and Smart Growth Zone. He is a proud member of Henry Threadgill's Zooid he plays in a band with his brothers called Needers & Givers and plays in Michael Pitt's Pagoda. He has had the honor of working with Martin Scorsese, Craig McDean, Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot, Christina Courtin, Devotchka, Ryan Adams, Willie Nile, Dar Williams, Bebel Gilberto, Fran Healy, Jeremiah Cymerman, Clare & The Reasons, Olivier Manchon's Orchestre Dechambre, Rob Burger, Ryan Scott, Butch Morris, Haale, Matt Welch, Nate Wooley, Kitsune Ensemble, John Zorn, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Voladares, John Ellis and many more.

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

Read "In for a Penny, In for a Pound" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non poteva che chiudersi così il 2015, con un nuovo disco di Henry Threadgill. Un doppio addirittura, il primo a proprio nome in 40 e passa anni di prodigi e meraviglie: In for a Penny, in for a Pound. A conferma di uno stato di grazia conclamato -dalle gesta dell'ensemble Double-Up alle rimpatriate con Jack DeJohnette ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative multi-reed player and composer Henry Threadgill is no stranger to adventurous projects. Starting with the groundbreaking trio Air four decades ago he has not stopped expanding his creative boundaries. The ambitious multi-part suite In for a Penny, In for a Pound highlights the unusual instrumentation Threadgill has always incorporated in his groups.

Each ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

Read "In for a Penny, In for a Pound" reviewed by Troy Collins

Renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill has led a number of critically acclaimed groups since his formative days as a founding member of the AACM, but none have endured as long as Zooid. Formed in 2001, the unit has undergone a few personnel changes over the years, although guitarist Liberty Ellman and tuba player/trombonist Jose Davila ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Fresh off his significant contribution to Jack DeJohnette's Made In Chicago (ECM, 2015), composer/saxophonist/flautist Henry Threadgill and his most long-established group, Zooid, return for the ensemble's most creative and ambitious collection. Almost thirty years ago, Threadgill told Chicago's Pulitzer winning writer, Studs Terkel, of the influence of marching bands that he saw in that city's frequent ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

Read "In for a Penny, In for a Pound" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Don't call this jazz. In a 2013 interview with Larry Appelbaum at the Library of Congress, saxophonist, flautist, and composer Henry Threadgill, in so many words, denounced the association of labelling his music with a diluted categorization. Having performed with free thinking musicians like Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton; lead highly regarded and out of ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No artist manages to marry compositional specificity and independent thought to the degree that Henry Threadgill does. And while his singular vision(s) with groups like Air and Very Very Circus have already earned him a place in the history of this music, when all is said and done, his work with Zooid may be his most ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp

Read "Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non dovrebbe essere una sorpresa per nessuno sentir dire che Henry Threadgill è da almeno venticinque anni (bypassando la nodale esperienza collettiva di Air, quindi) una delle figure-guida del jazz internazionale, seppur meno reclamizzata di altre, a loro volta di indiscutibile statura, ma magari un po' più inclini a lisciare il pelo all'uditorio. Questo nuovo lavoro del chicagoano, ennesima ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us to Volume II

Read "This Brings Us to Volume II" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Che Henry Threadgill sia uno dei compositori più originali e significativi della musica del nostro tempo non lo si scopre adesso e non lo si scopre necessariamente con questo disco [ma qualsiasi punto di approdo al suo mondo è estremamente interessante in una carriera dal segno formale così importante]: dagli inizi degli anni Settanta, attraverso le esperienze del trio ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume II

Read "This Brings Us To, Volume II" reviewed by Troy Collins

This Brings Us To, Volume II is the sequel to 2009's This Brings Us To, Volume I (Pi Recordings), Henry Threadgill's celebrated return to the studio after eight years. Culled from the same recording session, these complimentary releases are the renowned multi-instrumentalist's first commercially available recordings in almost a decade. Volume II finds the legendary AACM ...