It’s nearing the end of 2015, and with the end of the year comes the end of our concert season. It’s been a lot of fun to hear a diversity of music, from the moving duo of Larry Koonse and Darek Oles, to the amazing Walter Smith and his trio, from the excellent groups by drummers Matt Mayhall and Brian Carmody, to the surprise string ensemble led by pianist Richard Sears. Many thanks to all the great musicians who gave up a Saturday night to make original, compelling music, and a special thanks to Curve Line Space owner Tim Yalda, who so graciously opened up his gallery for these shows!
Also, a big thank you to Jamie Rosenn, who has been designing all the nifty flyers for our shows. He’s saved the best for last, which pairs nicely with the wonderful show we have in store for our final concert of 2015.
8pm: Amy Bormet,
Biggi Vinkeloe Molly Jones, Tina Raymond
[Editors Note: Biggi Vinkeloe is unable to perform this Saturday, so in her place will be saxophonist and flautist Molly Jones.] The three musicians who will be opening the evening first shared a stage (albeit in three different groups) in March of this year at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.. All three of them later reunited in Los Angeles to play a riveting set of improvised music in Venice, which can be heard here:
Before relocating to Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet, an accomplished pianist and vocalist, was living and making music in the District of Columbia, where she organized the first WWJF and is the executive director, bringing together incredible women jazz artists from around the world. Drummer Tina Raymond has established herself as a vital contributor to the LA creative music community, and as an educator on the faculty at Los Angeles City College, Occidental College, and The Academy for Creative Education (Oakwood School). Molly Jones is an improviser on saxophone, flute and electronics, and performs in Detroit, Southern California and elsewhere, collaborating with the likes of Douglas Ewart, Ed Sarath, Elliott Sharp, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and poet Saul Williams.
9:30pm: Cathlene Pineda Quartet
Pianist Cathlene Pineda was at one time in her life training to be a classical pianist, which is evidenced by her superb pianism and effortless technique. Those technical skills, combined with Pineda’s adept understanding of harmony, have served her well as she has developed a clear and confident voice in Los Angeles as a performer/composer. Her debut album, A Week’s Time (Orenda Records), was warmly received with strong endorsements from artists including Dave Douglas and Joe LaBarbera.
Pineda’s next album, Passing: A California Suite (based off of the work of Los Angeles’ first Poet-Laureate, Eloise Klein-Healy), will be released on Orenda in January of 2016. Trumpeter Kris Tiner has long been one of Southern California’s best free improvisers and composers, and is partially responsible for the next wave of creative musicians who are coming out of Bakersfield College and CalState Bakersfield, where Tiner is on faculty as both schools. Ivan Johnson is head of the music department at the highly-touted Oakwood School, and is a brilliant bassist and musician. Tina Raymond will be doing double-duty this evening, also playing drums for Pineda’s group.
We are excited to have these two great groups as the closing act of 2015. Here’s to all the great music we heard this year, and to what the future holds for 2016!