Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tigertail's 27th Season Continues with Jazz Excellence - Mary Halvorson Performs in Miami October 27, 2016

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Thursday, October 27, 2015
8:30 pm

Miami Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33125

Tigertail will present Mary Halvorson in a solo concert on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The performance takes place at Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box, 2901 West Flagler Street, Miami, and begin at 8:30pm. TICKETS are $30 for general admission; and $50 for a VIP ticket that includes priority entrance, table seating and a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

Critics call her a singular talent, the most impressive guitarist of her generation. Mary Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar with her elastic, wholly unique style. A fixture in avant-garde and improvisational music circles, the 35-year-old guitarist is just as likely to pick out intricate, harmonically and melodically complex lines of stunning beauty as she is to unleash a violent spray of atonal, harshly distorted six-string noise. Halvorson was raised in Boston and is currently based in Brooklyn. She spent three formative years at Wesleyan University studying and playing with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton. She became an active member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet. To date, she appears on six of Braxton's recordings. Halvorson has also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot in his bands Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians, and with the bassist Trevor Dunn in his Trio-Convulsant. Over the past decade, she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed.

As a bandleader and composer, one of Halvorson's primary outlets is her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith. Since their 2008 debut album, Dragon's Head, the band has been recognized as a rising star jazz band by Downbeat Magazine for five consecutive years. Halvorson's quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon to the trio, has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Firehouse 12 label: Saturn Sings and Bending Bridges. Most recently she has added two additional band members – tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trombonist Jacob Garchik – to form a septet, featured on her 2013 release Illusionary Sea. Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a longstanding chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper.

Asked about the material in Meltframe – her first solo CD, released last year, Halvorson said, "I'm not a 'tunes' player, but I practice a lot of standards for technique and to expand my knowledge of harmony. So arranging standards for solo guitar seemed natural. But pretty quickly I expanded beyond standards to any pieces that I like – compositions by friends, or things a little outside the standard repertoire, like Roscoe Mitchell or Annette Peacock. … I tried to create diversity and have the pieces fall in as broad a range of techniques and arrangements as I could, so it wouldn't feel like everything was in the same style with the same approach."

See more about Mary on his website:


On Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, leading Scottish self-identified disabled artist Claire Cunningham and US/Berlin choreographer/performer Jess Curtis team up to perform their duet The Way You Look (at me) Tonight at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box. In this piece, which has its world premiere in London in early September, Curtis and Cunningham investigate the role of movement and sensory dynamics in the perception and performance of otherness. It is a dance, a song, a story, a sculpture, a play, a fight, a journey to be sung, spoken, seen, felt, heard, read, viewed.

October 27: Guitarist Mary (see above)

As it has for many years, Tigertail's WordSpeak teen spoken word team will launch their annual book of poems just after Christmas, Thursday, December 29, at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The teens will perform poems that were praised by their peers at the Brave New Voices festival in Washington, DC, this past July.

In its fourth year, declared Best Festival of 2016, ScreenDance Miami will take place from January 19 to 22. The festival highlights Miami-based choreographers, movers and filmmakers who are working with dance on camera. ScreenDance Miami is comprised of screenings, discussions and workshops. The festival events will be held at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami Beach Cinematheque and other locations to be announced. As last year, the opening event at PAMM will consist of films from Amsterdam's Cinedans, considered the world's premiere festival of screendance.

In February and early March, two return residencies by noted spoken word artists will benefit teens in Miami-Dade County high schools with workshops, performances and spoken word slams. From February 6 to 11, the WordSpeak program will be led by Houston-based poet Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean, who conducted the program in 2016. Then from February 27 to March 3, Andrea Assaf returns for a 3rd year to head up SpeakOut, Tigertail's LGBTQ spoken word program. Each of these artists will perform at The Betsy Hotel, where they will be in residence in the hotel's Writer's Room. Bean will also perform on Saturday, February 11, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Tigertail's FIRE festival commences on April 1, 2017, and runs for the entire month. FIRE is a month filled with site-specific events and new performance throughout Miami at theaters and unexpected locations. Events in FIRE dismantle labels and provide opportunities for audiences and Miami artists of all media to explore a dialogue between artist and participant. Along with stone tools, the controlled use of fire is the most significant technology in human evolution. It warms our homes, cooks our food, and fuels our passions. Below are the featured events among many more that will take place during the festival:

On Saturday, April 1, noted pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski will appear in a solo concert at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box. Brussels-based Frederic Rzewski (pronounced Zhév·skee), a great American composer and virtuosic pianist, will make a rare appearance in the U.S. for this single Miami concert. Rzewski is recognized both for his innovative works and for his strong political convictions. Rzewski studied with composer Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence, Italy and with Elliot Carter in Berlin. In 1966 in Rome, Rzewski co-founded the seminal ensemble Musica Elettronica Viva with fellow American composer-musicians Richard Teitelbaum and Alvin Curran.

On Wednesday, April 12, Tigertail has commissioned FIRE Gods in the Garden, a dance event by four Miami-based choreographers Marissa Alma Nick, Carla Forte, Hattie Mae Williams and Pioneer Winter. These four 5-7 minute solos will be performed sequentially, one after the other, in the gardens of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on a moonlight evening celebration. Each artist has selected a location and their fire god/goddess, Marissa Alma Nick – Hawaiian Fire Goddess Pele, Carla Forte– Mayan Fire God Huracán, Hattie Mae Williams – Egyptian Goddess of Fire and War Sekhmet and Pioneer Winter – Greek Fire God Hephaestus.

On Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, Noted NYC-based choreographer Reggie Wilson brings his dance company, Fist and Heel Performance Group, to Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box to perform CITIZEN. In this work, Wilson asks, "What does it mean to belong?"; and "What does it mean to NOT want to belong?", core questions of Reggie's investigations for this new evening-length dance work. In CITIZEN, Wilson drills down into the human desire to belong with exponentially expanding questions: "Do the injustices in today's America engender a feeling of belonging? What supports belonging? Is belonging solely something internal, inside the individual? Is a sense of belonging or not belonging, a private or a public matter?" CITIZEN promises to engage and compel while igniting perspectives on our compassion and humanity.
The FIRE festival closes on Saturday, April 29 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box with a solo concert by jazz and guitar legend James Blood Ulmer. Ulmer is among the most distinctive and influential free jazz electric guitarists to emerge in the past four decades. He has worked and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Vernon Reid and George Adams as bandleader and sideman. Ulmer is recognized as a central figure in the post-fusion movements of 1970s and 1980s jazz. Yet within this experimental framework, his guitar playing and songwriting incorporate blues, funk, and rock idioms, making it difficult to categorize his innovative musical forms.

Founded in Miami in 1979, Tigertail Productions is Florida's pioneer of innovative cultural work, and produces a full season of contemporary performance, along with projects in the literary and visual arts. Tigertail will present a full season of music, dance and spoken word events to mark its 37th year of cultural work in Miami. In these 37 years, Tigertail has commissioned and presented more than 580 artists in dance, music, theater, film and video, as well as the visual and literary arts. The 37th season will climax in the month April with the FIRE festival.
Season partners and supporters for our 37th season include: Aquarius Press; ArtBurst; The Betsy Hotel; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; Chef Lars; The Children's Trust; Cinedans, Citizens Interested in Arts; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Concrete Beach Brewery; Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Delaplaine; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Inkub8; Karen Peterson and Dancers; John S. & James L. Knight Foundation; Koubek Mansion and Gardens; La Petite Fleur; Mad Studios; The William J. McKeehan Foundation; MiamiArtZine; Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Miami Beach Cinematheque; Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program; National Endowment for the Arts; National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; Safe Schools South Florida; Shokudo; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; South Arts; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The Miami Foundation; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens; WDNA & WLRN FM and our many private supporters.

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