Friday April 7 Harold Trio
Improvisation Workshop 3:00PM 15-20$ sliding
evening performance with Biggi Vinkeloe and Roberta Piket
Biggi Vinkeloe (Saxophone and Flute)
Saxophonist and composer Biggi Vinkeloe lives in Sweden. She plays alto saxophone and flute as her main instruments. She is one of the very few jazz women working internationally, with among others, Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor, Lisle Ellis, Don Robinson, Peeter Uuskyla, Roberto Bellatalla, Mary Oliver, India Cooke, Miya Masaoka, and Amy Bormet. She is involved in many different projects, both as a sideman and as a leader. Whenever possible she collaborates with dancers and painters. She has worked with choreographers such as Tommy Kitti, Inka Tiitinen (Finland), Katie Duck (Netherlands), Gun Lund (Sweden) and with visual artists Jake Tilson (UK), Ebbe Pettersson, Andie Cowie (Sweden) and Gilda Previn (USA). She has recorded almost 30 albums with both European and American musicians. Her most recent albums include The Harold Trio, Edgetone Records / Aura Via Appia, Omlott Records / Deep Talk, Sodamusic.
Improvisation is very much about communication and listening. It develops the ability of interacting, and responding to what someone else is expressing. Together, the players create orchestral pieces and/or back up a soloist, or a group of soloists.
Free improvisation is maybe not so free as it pretends to be, as soon as the first sound is played, the first rhythmic motif is presented, a harmony and a rhythm are developed. The term ‘instant composition’ describes this process, meaning that a piece of music is created while the musicians are playing. Different tools and skills are helpful to translate intention, expression, vision in each moment. A piece needs an introduction (also called ‘exposition’), a development with a climax and an ending ( ‘coda’).
‘a note, a sound, a rhythm – how do I turn this into a piece of music?
from a motive, a little melody, a rhythm, a note, a harmony to a piece of music.
how do I interact with another musician? How much do I have to listen to what is going on?
which scales and harmonies can I use?
how do I start an improvisation and how do I stop it? How does everybody knows that the piece is over?’
Evening Performance by Vinkeloe and Roberta Piket
“…a jazz pianist who still hasn’t quite received the ovations that her unique talents deserve.”
Don Heckman, Int’l Review of Music
The daughter of a European composer and a Great American Songbook singer, native New Yorker Roberta Piket is a pianist who loves to swing while exploring the more adventurous harmonic possibilities of jazz and improvised music.
The melding of different musical worlds in her youth resulted in Roberta’s unique musical sensibilities and interests. Her numerous recordings reveal an artist equally at home playing standards (Solo, Emanation), free improvising (Poltva, Op Der Schmelz), and composing and arranging her own music (Sides, Colors; Live at the Blue Note). For Roberta, there are no genre boundaries, only the opportunity to make exceptional music.
Over the years, Roberta has appeared professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson, Ted Curson, Valery Ponomarev, Virginia Mayhew, and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra. She has also toured and performed with some of the most interesting musicians in European and American improvised music, including drummers Klaus Kugel and Billy Mintz, and saxophonists Petras Vysniauskas and Louie Belogenis.
The Harold Trio
Ana Barreiro, drums
Amy K Bormet, piano, vocals
Ana Barreiro is a jazz drummer based in Los Angeles who carries her Brazilian roots to various musical situations…
As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. Amy K Bormet’s latest project, Ephemera, is a platform for her new art songs with improvisation…
Biggi Vinkeloe lives in Sweden. She plays alto saxophone and flute as her main instruments. She is one of the very few jazz women working internationally, with among others, Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor, Lisle Ellis, Don Robinson, Peeter Uuskyla, Roberto Bellatalla, Mary Oliver, India Cooke, Miya Masaoka, and Amy Bormet…