Anna Webber Simple Trio featuring Anna Webber, tenor saxophone and flute, Matt Mitchell, piano, John Hollenbeck, drums, Institute for the Musical Arts, 65 Cape St. (Rt. 112), Goshen, Ma. Tickets $15
“One of a growing number of genre-crushing young artists working at the fringes of modern jazz and so-called ‘new music,’ Anna Webber has staked out some truly distinctive musical terrain with her all-star Simple Trio,” writes David Wayne. “Kindred spirits in every sense of the word, Webber, Mitchell, and Hollenbeck are restless intellects whose multi-hued music continually pushes the outside of the envelope—both stylistically and technically—and whose off-the-cuff virtuosity makes the impossible seem easy.”
Webber has performed and/or recorded with Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Ches Smith, Ohad Talmor, Fabian Almazan and Harris Eisenstadt. She performed in the world premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by John Luther Adams at the Lincoln Center. In 2015 she received a grant from the Shifting Foundation. In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. Originally from British Columbia, Webber studied music at McGill University in Montreal before moving to New York City in 2008. She holds master’s degrees from both Manhattan School of Music and the Jazz Institute Berlin. Her Simple Trio has released two critically acclaimed albums on Skirl Records: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014).
“There’s a lot to admire about SIMPLE,” writes Bill Meyer in Downbeat, “and it expresses one command with unarguable clarity – to pay attention to Webber, both in the moment and in the future.”
Matt Mitchell can be found on recent recordings of Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Darius Jones, Mario Pavone and Rudresh Mahanthappa. His own Pi Recordings, Fiction and Vista Accumulation have been critically acclaimed. “Combining a rhythmic complexity that wouldn’t sound out of date on a Steve Coleman record with an eternal linearity that’s like post-modern Tristano, Matt Mitchell synthesizes sounds and idioms with breathtaking ease,” writes Jason Bivins.
John Hollenbeck is one of the most celebrated drummers and composers in modern music. Leader of the Claudia Quintet and his Large Ensemble, Hollenbeck has received multiple Grammy nominations, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and Guggenheim Fellowship. He was a professor at the Jazz Institute Berlin from 2005-2016 and in 2015 joined the faculty of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.