Saturday, September 26 @ REDCAT
MARK DRESSER QUINTET
Part of a double bill with Lisa Mezzacappa’s Glorious Ravage
The act of playing the bass is home. It is the primal and primary vehicle of my musical identity. After several solo recordings that explore the musical investigation of extended techniques and electro-acoustic performance through structured improvisation and composition, my latest quintet music has a somewhat different agenda. The quintet music is centered around a personal approach to the jazz tradition and song form: beauty of melody, counterpoint and harmony, swing, rhythmic invention and cyclical form. In addition I seek to integrate timbre sculpting, metric modulation, free meter and gradience, i.e. the blurring of boundaries between pitch and noise, meter and texture, form and feeling. Above all is the collaborative and improvisational power of the band that ultimately shapes the music.