Tuesday, June 01 8.00 pm
Dave Wilson Quintet + String Quartet
Dave Wilson presents his latest project of original music featuring his performance on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet in an ensemble joining his quintet with a string quartet. Growing up in the Chicago area, building his career in Los Angeles, and working as a performer and researcher in eastern Europe, Dave's music flows out of his experience in styles of jazz, popular music, and beyond. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, Dave studied under the mentorship of legendary jazz composer and flutist James Newton, and recorded three albums On the Face Place (with North Macedonia group CSPS Ensemble, 2016), In Passing (with oud player Gabe Lavin, 2017), and SLANT (with classical improviser-pianist Richard Valitutto, 2019).
Drawing on bebop, modal jazz, the blues, the maqam traditions of the Middle East, and more, this project brings together some of Aotearoa's leading musicians in an improvising ensemble, including Callum Allardice (guitar), Chris Beernink (bass), Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums), Mike Taylor (trumpet), and a string quartet led by Amy Brookman (violin) of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The multifaceted musical experiences of these musicians come together in the Quintet + Quartet, generating a sound inspired by musicians from Elis Regina to Eric Dolphy, from John Coltrane to Umm Kulthum.