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Sara Schoenbeck

Sara Schoenbeck is a bassoonist who dedicates herself to expanding the sound and role of the bassoon in the worlds of classical, contemporary notated and improvised music. The Wire magazine places her in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today and the New York Times has called her performances "galvanizing" and "riveting, mixing textural experiments with a big, confident sound.” Originally from California, Sara spent her time on the west coast freelancing in various orchestral bassoon sections such as Santa Barbara Symphony, California Symphony, Redlands, Mancini Orchestra, the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra and touring as a member of creative music ensembles Gravitas Quartet with Wayne Horvitz, Ron Miles and Peggy Lee, Anthony Braxton’s 12+1(tet) and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble

Cell Walk

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Undecided; Twining; No Blood Relation; Long Wing; 3 Places in Southern California; The Fifth Day; Deep Well Well; Tin Palace; Cell Walk; Sutter St.; Laughter; For Lou Harrison; Sleeper Ship; Ironbound; Marcuselle; We Will Be Silk; American Bandstand.

Distant Radio Transmission

Label: Wide Hive Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Distant Radio Transmission; Nonaah Trio; Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet; 8.8.88 Pt 1; 8.8.88 Pt 2; 8.8.88 Pt 3.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz: Cell Walk

Read "Cell Walk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The relationship between Sara Schoenbeck, one of the only bassoon practitioners to truly and successfully fold the instrument's sound into the realm of chamber jazz, and pianist Wayne Horvitz, a touchstone in creative music, has been documented in the past. The work of Horvitz's Gravitas Quartet, formed in 2004 and featuring Schoenbeck alongside trumpeter Ron Miles ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassonist Sara Schoenbeck And Pianist Wayne Horvitz Will Release 'Cell Walk' On May 22

Bassonist Sara Schoenbeck And Pianist Wayne Horvitz Will Release 'Cell Walk' On May 22

New Album is Frequent Collaborators' Debut as a Duo Sara Schoenbeck and Wayne Horvitzhave been musical partners for 20 years, notably in Horvitz’s chamber jazz group The Gravitas Quartet (formed 2004) and his Some Days are Forever Afternoon project (2015, both on Songlines). They formed this duo in 2018 to play a program of their own ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part II

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of Mondo Jazz's special edition dedicated to the 2020 Winter JazzFest. In this segment there's a special emphasis to musicians from the French and Italian scene, and yet-to-be released material courtesy of Wayne Horvitz, Jure Pukl and Angela Morris For the first part of this show click here. PlaylistBen Allison ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Leonhart: Suite Extracts Vol. 1

Read "Suite Extracts Vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Credo proprio di non esagerare ma è dall'uscita di There Comes a Time di Gil Evans che non ascoltavo un album orchestrale così eclettico nella sintesi di materiali diversi. Il nuovo disco di Michael Leonhart segue il debutto di The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside 2018), il maestoso affresco musicale che evocava l'impressionismo del primo Evans, con ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris: Geometry of Caves

Read "Geometry of Caves" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A free-jazz veteran meets up with three musicians quickly establishing their own impressive legacies on the bewitching Geometry of Caves, a wholly improvised affair that offers plenty of intrigue and vigorous four-way dialogue during seven imaginative pieces. Guitarist Joe Morris's long recording career has seen him working with giants like William Parker, Anthony Braxton ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Formazione piuttosto singolare questa messa assieme dal batterista Harris Eisenstadt, senza sassofoni, chitarre e pianoforti, ma invece con fagotto, flauto, tuba e violoncello. Strumenti di estrazione classica, che in realtà nel jazz non sono mai mancati, specie alle origini (banjo e tuba) o in ambiti d'avanguardia (flauto e fagotto), ma che tutti assieme è raro incontrare. ...


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