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Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz Moods: Type: Improvisational Moods: Instrumental Classical: Modernist Jazz: Third Stream

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Eric Hofbauer Quintet

About Eric Hofbauer
“Eric Hofbauer has become a significant force in Boston’s improvised-music scene,” declares Stereophile’s David R. Adler. “His aesthetic evokes old blues, Americana, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and further frontiers. There’s a rule-breaking spirit but also an impeccable rigor, a foundation of sheer chops and knowledge, that put Hofbauer in the top tier of guitarists,” he writes.

Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston’s jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past twenty years. He has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson.

Hofbauer is perhaps best known for his solo guitar work featured in a trilogy of solo guitar recordings (American Vanity, American Fear and American Grace). Of the trilogy, Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe writes, “No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer.

Hofbauer has earned critical acclaim for his work in a variety of musical projects, including recordings with the Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Orchestra, The Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o), Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorer’s Club, and The Blueprint Project with Han Bennink among others. His newest group is the Eric Hofbauer Quintet. The EHQ preforms Hofbauer’s jazz arrangements of groundbreaking 20th century pieces which he describes as “prehistoric jazz.” These arrangements celebrate the common ground between modern jazz and the works of Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ives by using the shared rhythmic and harmonic concepts of the 20th century modernists as a bridge to postmodern jazz improvisation.

Hofbauer received a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory. He directs the big band at Clark University and teaches jazz composition, guitar, and jazz history at Emerson College, Wellesley College and the University of Rhode Island. In 2009, he was honored with the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Music Composition.

About The Quintet
Todd Brunel is a critically acclaimed clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer who performs extensively as a classical and improvisational musician. He produces The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music and is a grant recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Somerville Arts Council and Art Without Borders. Brunel and his various groups have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Boston Jazz Festival, The National Black Arts Festival, Mobius, The International Woodwind Festival, Preservation Jazz Hall, and the American Microtonal Festival under the direction of Johnny Reinhard. His work with conductor and composer Lawrence D. ‘Butch’ Morris includes the New York Skyscraper Conductions #73-76 at Context and the New England Skyscraper Conductions #151-153. As a classical freelance musician, Mr. Brunel’s performance schedule includes ALEA III, the Boston Chamber Ensemble, the Lexington Symphony, the Bulgarian Virtuosi, The New Bedford Symphony, the Waltham Symphony, the Claflin Hill Symphony and the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative. Brunel teaches at Wheaton College.

Junko Fujiwara is both a creative musician/improviser and an active classical player performing in venues throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Her current performing groups include: BOLT: Adventurous Improvised Music, The Mimi Rabson Trio, a semi-improvised/original composition trio, Evocation Trio based out of Milwaukee, the Cuban fusion quartet Di Evano Project headed by the world music award-winning Irais diBrito, the classical chamber group Kalliope Piano Trio. Ms. Fujiwara holds cello faculty positions at Boston College, Governor’s Academy, Masconomet Regional School in Topsfield, and Ipswich Public Schools. Ms. Fujiwara has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Junko Fujiwara can be heard on Joe Morris’s recording Camera (ESP 4063) (2010) Mimi Rabson’s Strings Theory (2012), and Evocation Trio’s Ghosts of the Sea (2013).

Curt Newton coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from old tin cans, weaving various musical traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past three decades, he’s performed jazz and improvised music across the U.S., Canada and Europe, and recorded over 20 CDs with the likes of Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, and Dave Bryant. He’s also known to lay down grooves for an eclectic mix of Boston-area rock, blues, and songwriters. Curt studied drumset with Bob Gullotti and has a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory.

Jerry Sabatini has gained recognition in the Boston jazz scene as an adventurous, creative and diverse trumpet player, composer and educator. Known for his diverse musical tastes, Jerry performs in projects ranging from traditional Jazz to Balkan brass bands to music of the Middle and Far East to the Avant Garde. For the past twenty five years he has been working with many of the New England’s great bands such as The Boston Jazz Composer’s Alliance, The Makanda Project, Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Orchestra, Mehmet Sanlikol’s Dunya, The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club. He has also shared the stage with influential musicians such as Oliver Lake, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, Elliot Sharp, Anthony Coleman, and Erkan Oğur. Since 1995, Jerry has composed and arranged for his own project, an octet called Sonic Explorers. Sonic Explorers have four independently released CDs. Sabatini has been commissioned for modern big band and jazz combo works, teaches privately, and is a frequent clinician and conductor at New England colleges, universities and high schools.

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