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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.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Sinton: Predicate Trio

Read "Predicate Trio" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un trio di recente costituzione con alla testa il sassofonista e clarinettista Josh Sinton, quarantasette anni, newyorchese, firma questo ragguardevole album, contrassegnato da un clima scuro e irregolare, ora più contemplativo, ora più viscerale e diretto. Può apparire quasi scontato far coincidere il primo “ambiente" espressivo con i brani in cui Sinton imbraccia il clarinetto basso ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anna Webber: Clockwise

Read "Clockwise" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although she's a horn player by trade, Anna Webber has always had a fascination with percussion as a basis for her idiosyncratic compositions. With pieces that build in complexity, with rhythms that are continuously reformulated, Webber produces music where a groove is usually present, yet it's typically filtered and recontextualized in surprising ways. Fortunately she's had ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Josh Sinton is a member of the Brooklyn jazz community who has been making a name for himself with his baritone sax, playing in contexts like his Steve Lacy repertoire band, Ideal Bread. His free-wheeling Predicate Trio with cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey is a combustible unit that showcases his more improvisational side.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

Read "Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Henry Threadgill Tilton Gallery Plain as plain, in plain sight New York, NY November 17, 2017 Henry Threadgill is writing a memoir. Or has written it. Or is asking people to write it for him. It may be an audiobook. It might not be about the events of his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 23-26, 2017 Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

Read "Old Locks and Irregular Verbs" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il criterio dell'integrazione a coppie di strumenti omologhi o affini è uno degli aspetti che maggiormente caratterizzano la musica di Henry Threadgill. Già nel gruppo Very Very Circus si incontrava il raddoppio di chitarra e tuba, mentre l'impianto di Zooid, nato come sestetto in cui si specchiavano chitarra acustica e oud da un lato, violoncello e ...


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