Peter Evans Quintet

Friday, March 29, 2013

Taking jazz ensembles into the 21st century, the Peter Evans Quintet incorporates real-time sound processing with traditional instruments. These live electronics allow the group to change their sound fluidly from mellow tones to jagged rattling to cacophonous reverberation. The quintet draws on traditional jazz idioms as source material and contorts them into something resembling classical European avant-garde—complete with complex rhythms played with pinpoint accuracy and confounding extended techniques.

Peter Evans Quintet:

Peter Evans (trumpets/compositions)
Ron Stabinsky (piano)
Tom Blancarte (bass)
Jim Black (drums)
Sam Pluta (live electronics)
Argeo Ascani

The Peter Evans Quintet has been performing since 2009, and has played in New York, as well as toured internationally. In 2010, they performed commissioned music at the historic Donaueschingen Musiktage festival in Germany. The group embarked on a full European tour in 2012. The album Ghosts was released to wide critical acclaim in 2011 on Evans’ More is More label. It was at the top of best-of-the-year lists worldwide and has continued to garner praise. In late 2011, 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.

Peter Evans Quintet
Concert Hall
March 29, 2013, 8PM

“I start with adjectives: amazing, abrasive, excessive, overwhelming, amazing, extreme, revolutionary, incendiary...”
—Carlos Perez Cruz, El Club de Jazz, Madrid

“For this group [Evans] has written pieces that merge articulately composed sections—everyone, including the drummer, sight-reading his way through the staccato tone rows and sudden changes of tempo—with melodic free improvisation on grooves and vamps.... He wove this all together into an unbroken set of music, making a fledgling band at a tiny place bring a dramatic arc to a huge amount of information.”
—Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Ghosts is a modern classic of the future.”
—Mark Corroto, All About Jazz


EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
National Science Foundation
State of the Arts - NYSCA