Empty Cage Quartet at The Sanctuary for Independent Media - Video
PUBLISHED:  Oct 24, 2015
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The Empty Cage Quartet

Jason Mears - alto saxophone
Kris Tiner - trumpet
Ivan Johnson - double bass
Paul Kikuchi - drums, percussion

Recorded live on September 20, 2008 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

The Empty Cage Quartet has been consistently praised as one of the most powerful and original new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast. For over a decade they have explored new ways to integrate a diverse mix of musical influences, from traditional forms to contemporary experimental practices. The result is a continually evolving, multidimensional approach to jazz and new music performance, improvisational acuity, and compositional craft that Amazing Sounds Magazine has described as an “urban folk music of the future.”


This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of jazz performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers performing a wide spectrum of music in the genre broadly known as free jazz.

Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery at http://www.downtownmusicgallery.com

For more information on this series visit http://www.mediasanctuary.org

The complete series consists of performances by:

The Thirteenth Assembly (Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone)
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Kahil El'Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes)
From Between Trio (Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright)
Michael Vlatkovich Quartet (Christopher Garcia, Jonathan Golove, David Mott, Michael Vlatkovich)
Sax Soup Poetry and Voice (Joe Giardullo, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte)
Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Ravish Momin, Brian Prunka)
The Ras Ensemble (Clif Jackson, Dave Miller, Ras Moshe, Tor Yochai Snyder)
William Hooker
Empty Cage Quartet (Ivan Johnson, Paul Kikuchi, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner)
Weasel Walter Trio (Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter)
Splatto Festival Chorus (Dave Barrett, Michael Bisio, Ed Mann, Todd Reynolds)
Amiri Baraka and Rob Brown
Fay Victor Ensemble (Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Michael TA Thompson, Fay Victor).

"Free Jazz from the Sanctuary" is a co-production of NY Media Alliance and the Arts Department at Rensselaer, made possible in part with support from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Music Fund, established by the NYS Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.
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