Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DCIC at Space 7:10


DCIC Jonathan Matis. Mike Sebastian. Ben Azzara. The DC Improvisers Collective is a quartet exploring the intersection of jazz, contemporary composition and rock music. Their current lineup features Ben Azzara (drums), Jonathan Matis (guitar), and Mike Sebastian (reeds). These musicians come together from diverse backgrounds, bringing experience from performing in rock bands and jazz groups, as well as post-classical composition.

With ears wide open, they craft intricate compositions on the fly. Although the common metaphor for group improvisation often seems to be conversation, this metaphor fails to capture the true real-time, simultaneous collaboration that fuels the work. Equal parts tightrope act and group meditation, the ensemble explores the fertile territory of surprise just beyond the boundary where words fail. Drawing on the visceral energy and immediacy of rock music, along with the spontaneous creativity and subtlety of the jazz tradition, DCIC is able to forge new music that possesses both great intensity and mindful nuance.

The music of DCIC has found receptive ears in the rock world, for example they performed several concerts during 2007 as the backing band for Joe Lally (of Fugazi). DCIC also finds themselves rooted firmly in the jazz world; they have performed alongside many of the nation's cutting-edge improvising musicians as well as performing with Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby.

1 comment:

Amy Kincaid said...

It was a full house! Overheard: "This feels like Greenwich Village." "Your sound reminds me of what they were doing in New York in the 1950s. They were reaching for, exploring new sounds, and that's what you're doing. I wasn't ready to hear it then, but I am now." "...honestly astonishing."