HEAR in NOW
Mazz Swift, violin/vocals
Silvia Bolognesi, bass
Tomeka Reid, cello
Doors at 19:30. Concert starts at 20:30.
HEAR in NOW is comprised of Mazz Swift on violin/vocals, Silvia Bolognesi on double bass and Tomeka Reid on cello. A world-caliber collective of women working in a class almost entirely their own, HEAR in NOW is a string trio that composes and improvises fluidly between free jazz and contemporary classical, folk music and avant-garde. In the eight years since their first encounter, Hear in Now has become a rare egalitarian ensemble for three highly active musicians who are as often singular band leaders as they are sidewomen. In those respects, their compiled musical CV is as impressive as it is diverse – including collaborations, performances and recordings with Anthony Braxton, Nicole Mitchell, Butch Morris, William Parker, Common, Jay-Z and Kanye West. As a unit they have comprised half of the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet for several European shows in early 2017. Not Living in Fear, their second studio album, was engineered by Griffin Rodriguez (Icy Demons, Beirut, Modest Mouse) and Alex Inglizian (Experimental Sound Studio), and features guest vocals by Chicago jazz legend Dee Alexander.
“They begin by telling us stories, these stories have all kinds of twists and turns plots and counterplots. . . . The musicians use sound hieroglyphics to set up structures that construct and deconstruct regrouping after every excursion. These compositions change hue and timbre, landing at different positions then eventually returning to a place of silence. This is music with a new sensibility that flies and hops over fields of blues, jazz, bluegrass, classical, yet it is none of these things; it is MUSIC – nameless, eloquent, not locked into category.” (William Parker)