Taking jazz into the 21st century, the adventurous Peter Evans Quintet will incorporate real-time sound processing with traditional instruments when they invade EMPAC at RPI in Troy on Friday night (March 29). The live electronics allows the group to change their collective ensemble sound fluidly from mellow tones to jagged rattling to cacophonous reverberation. Drawing on traditional jazz idioms as source material, trumpeter-composer Peter Evans and his band contort them into something resembling classical European avant-garde, complete with complex rhythms played with pinpoint accuracy and confounding extended techniques.
The Peter Evans Quintet has been performing internationally since 2009, and their album Ghosts was released to wide critical acclaim in 2011 on Evans’ More is More label. Later that year, Evans was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation and Roulette Intermedium in New York to present a set of new pieces. The quintet premiered four new pieces, which will be expanded upon, performed and recorded at EMPAC.
In addition to Evans, the group features Ron Stabinsky (piano), Tom Blancarte (bass), Jim Black (drums) and Sam Pluta (live electronics).
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