Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman present Practitioner

Where: LaFontsee Gallery

833 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

What: Practitioner
When: Sunday, April 29 at 3pm
Who: Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman

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Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. please join Adventure Music for a very special appearance in the Underground Series as we welcome clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman as they present “Practitioner,” a concert realization of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s album “Hocus Pocus (Book H of ‘Practitioners’)”.

In 1985 Ben Goldberg took a lesson with Lacy, Goldberg where he recalls Lacy “prescribed some exercises for investigating the basic elements of music. At the end of our meeting he gave me a copy of a new record of his called ‘Hocus Pocus.’”

“Hocus Pocus” is an album featuring six etudes for solo soprano saxophone, each titled with a word beginning with the letter “H,” that Steve Lacy described as, “Deliberately made so as to be hard to play,” yet containing many of the characteristic ‘licks’ which comprise the language Lacy used in different kinds of improvisational music. He said, “Each piece is also a portrait of, and an homage to, a distinguished practitioner of a particular art.” Keyboardist Michael Coleman and clarinetist Ben Goldberg studied and recorded Lacy’s compositions over a period of three years and envisioned a kind of dreamlike multidimensional sonic collage which they call “Practitioner.”

Pianist, improviser and composer Michael Coleman is a graduate of the Oberlin College where he studied history and jazz piano before moving to Oakland, CA, where he dove into the improvised music scene, working with Scott Amendola, Marcus Shelby, many others, and developing three different bands of his own.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with jazz greats Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992 he’s “shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across genres and styles.” The New York Times wrote Ben’s music, “conveys a feeling of joyous research into basics of polyphony and collective improving, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pull apart.” The Downbeat Critics Poll named him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($10 for students).

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Adventure Music would like to thank The Grand Rapids Therapy Group for underwriting this concert.  The Grand Rapids Therapy Group provides West Michigan with experienced and innovative family, individual, and couples counseling at 500 Cascade W Pkwy SE #240, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 591-9000.