In writing a Bio for JayVe Montgomery, I visited the digital vestige of his work on the internet. And as I pieced together his music, video, site-specific work, and collaborations, the impressions that they make lead me back to why I found his saxophone so compelling when I first heard him: His work interweaves time and consciousness. Listening to him play is to lose a sense both, and to engage deeply in both. JayVe Montgomery is a true creative force, and has a singular mind.
Astral Spirits work with Communication Arts Quartet:
International Anthem work with Ben Lamar Gay:
Nick Alvarez has been fixated on drum set since grade school. A lover of music and percussion in general and being in multiple bands of different genres at the same time, he finds extreme joy in the abundance of searching, process and sound. Experimental and improvised music of many kinds is usually first on his list of desired musical scenarios. Chicago has been home for almost 20 years, yet there will be moments he shows up at places you're not expecting, very much a nice running theme in this instrumentalists' outgoing independence. Playing everywhere with everybody as much as possible every day. While comfortable taking the interesting social rewards and risks of busking on the street, or in an ensemble, quartet or trio of any kind; Nick is extremely aware of the freedom and work in duet settings. This meeting with JayVe will demonstrate years of breathing and listening for this first time encounter.
Joining JayVe and Nick is Bbob Drake on Electronics & Matthew Frerck on bass. bbob drake has been creating experimental music and audio in Cleveland for the last 45 years. From a start as a guitarist, his current focus is on electro-acoustic improvisation in both solo and group settings. His solo work spans a range from «lowercase» or «onkyokei» aesthetics (quiet, minimalist, abstract), to free jazz and more aggressive noise genres. He designs and builds the majority of his own instruments, both electronic synthesizers and original electo-acoustic designs. bbob has lead workshops in experimental electronics for music at Spaces and other venues, and he designs and sells printed circuit boards for DIY synthesizer enthusiasts. bbob's most recent recorded releases are «Failure Cake» (solo CD) and «Curiouser» (with Cleveland drummer J. Guy Laughlin)
We Three Qings
Noa Even, Sax Dan Bruce, guitar Anthony Taddeo, drums
Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), a non-profit organization aimed at strengthening the artistic engagement of the Northeast Ohio community by championing the creation and performance of new music.
Noa’s saxophone duo, Ogni Suono, has toured the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Their 2014 debut album, Invisible Seams, features some of Ogni Suono’s first collaborations. Supported by a grant from New Music USA in 2015, the duo launched SaxoVoce, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging ways of synthesizing saxophone and voice. Contributing composers include Kate Soper, Felipe Lara, Erin Rogers, Ruby Fulton, and Chris Fisher-Lochhead.
Patchwork, Noa’s saxophone and drum set duo, collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. They have teamed up with Eric Wubbels, Charlie Wilmoth, Osnat Netzer, and Ruby Fulton, among others. Notable performances include Omaha Under the Radar, Frequency Series, Bowling Green New Music Festival, and NEOSonicFest. In 2017, they were awarded a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute to collaborate with composer Hong-Da Chin.