Ingrid Laubrock Quartet, featuring Laubrock, tenor and soprano saxophone, Brandon Seabrook, guitar, Michael Formanek, bass and Tom Rainey, drums. The 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA. Single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between music and creating multi-layered, dense and evocative sound worlds. Her main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Ubatuba, and Serpentines. Laubrock has performed with Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Moran, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Halvorson, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, and many others. She is a prolific composer who has written for ensembles ranging from duo to chamber orchestra. Her orchestral piece “Vogelfrei” was named one of the 25 best classical tracks of 2018 by the NY Times. She is the recipient of numerous awards in the US and abroad, including the 2019 Herb Alpert Ragdale Prize in Music Composition. She was voted best tenor saxophonist in the 2018 Downbeat Critics’ Poll.
Brandon Seabrook is a guitarist, banjoist and composer who has established himself as one of the most unique and volatile guitarists of his generation. His work focuses on the intersections between improvisation and structure through fragmented and rapidly changing soundscapes, angular composition, and a dynamic range that can change in a joyous nanosecond. He has released six albums as a leader covering everything from pulverizing art-metal to chamber jazz. Rolling Stone Magazine noted “The fiercely dexterous musician has launched a number of bands combining serious chops with manic intensity and a left-field compositional vision.”
Michael Formanek is an acclaimed bassist, composer and band-leader, who has toured with Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard. The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York’s creative jazz scene since the ’90s when he led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne’s barnstorming quartet Bloodcount. He is currently a member of Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Formanek’s Elusion Quartet features Tony Malaby, Kris Davis and Ches Smith.
Tom Rainey is one of the most creative, in demand drummers in jazz. He has recorded with: John Abercrombie, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kris Davis, and many others. Since 2010, Rainey has released six recordings as a leader, 4 with his trio featuring Laubrock and Mary Halvorson and two with his Quintet.