The First Annual Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival|
presented by William Hooker and Bob Kalin
and the Hell's Kitchen Cultural Center, Inc.
ABDOULAYE ALHASSANE (guitar, molo, komsa, gurmi, voice)
A master musician from Niger and Mali, Alhassane performs in the Songhai tradition on African and Western string instruments. As a professor of music in Niger, he organized and directed Mamar Kassey, an internationally acclaimed tour of musicians, singers and dancers. His profound knowledge of rare traditional rhythms informs his vibrant music. He also established an artist's rights society in Niger (à la ASCAP) to protect his country's musical treasures. His recordings include Denke Denke and Alatoumi.
LOUIE BELOGENIS (tenor saxophone)
Belogenis has played with a host of innovative
musicians, including Rashied Ali, John Zorn, Sunny Murray, Ikue Mori, Borah Bergman and
Sylvie Courvoisier. Currently Belogenis is playing with Unbroken, a trio with bassist Shanir Ezra
Blumenkranz and drummer Kenny Wolleson, which has just released its self-titled debut CD. Kurt
Gottschalk of the Squid's Ear Web site writes: "Louie Belogenis is the rare player who really
deserves the 'post-Trane' epithet. Not Trane redux, but bringing the school of hard notes into
contemporary contexts ...."
ROY CAMPBELL, JR. (trumpet)
Gary Giddins of The Village Voice calls Roy Campbell, Jr.
"an inventive trumpeter whose playing has a stream-of consciousness logic and an unassumingly
rich and confident sound." As New York's preeminent trumpeter in creative music, he has
inspired many ensembles, and has led or co-led many of downtown's most important bands over
the last 30 years, including Other Dimensions in Music, the Pyramid Trio and Spectrum.
Campbell's reputation as a bandleader par excellence continues with TAZZ, a group first formed
in the mid-90s.
SYLVIE COURVOISIER (piano)
A Swiss native, Courvoisier started playing piano at age
six, and later studied jazz and classical music. From her first record release in 1994, Sylvie has
led concerts on stages across Europe and North America, and has composed pieces for radio,
dance and theater. She performs and records with such artists as John Zorn, Yusef Lateef and
Dave Douglas among others. Courvoisier moved to Brooklyn in 1998, and has since toured
widely with her husband, noted violinist Mark Feldman. Her work has been praised by the Library
of Congress, and her latest release is ABATON (ECM Records). For more information:
LISLE ELLIS (bass, electronics)
A composer and improviser, Lisle Ellis's oeuvre spans 3
decades and 2 countries, and has brought him international recognition as an composer/
improviser/artist. His unique work reflects his multifaceted interests in music, visual art,
technology and community. He is currently developing an electro-acoustic architecture he calls
string-circuitry-confluence, and is also working with his long standing trio, What We Live. Among
his over 40 recordings is the five-star Ornette Coleman Songbook (Hat Art). Ellis was also the
1986 winner and first recipient of Canada’s prestigious Frederick Stone Award for Music.
ELLERY ESKELIN* (tenor saxophone)
Born into a musical family in Baltimore, Eskelin has
lived in New York for over 20 years. He is recognized as "a major player in today's creative
music," and is perhaps best known for his group with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black which Down
Beat magazine called "…one of the finest units in progressive jazz." Eskelin has released over 20
recordings as a leader and has been named in "Best of the Year" critics' polls by The New York
Times, The Village Voice and major U.S. and international jazz magazines. For more
KALI. Z. FASTEAU (soprano sax, nai flute, piano, drums, mizmar, kaval, sanza, voice)
spent her childhood in Paris and New York playing piano, cello and flute. After receiving degrees
in music, she traveled for 14 years, living in 16 countries ranging from Nepal to Senegal to the
U.S. She has appeared at many music festivals, and has collaborated and recorded with
musicians like Archie Shepp, Rashied Ali and William Parker among others. She has played her
original work at Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris,
the Museum Theatre in Madras, India, and other important venues. Her recordings include
Making Waves, Oneness and Vivid. For more information: www.kalimuse.com
FRANÇOIS GRILLOT* (bass)
Beginning his music studies at age eight, Grillot eventually
learned to play the trumpet, guitar and electric bass. After touring with his first recording, Edition
Spéciale (RCA), he moved to NYC from his home in Burgundy, France. Grillot studied at City
College and learned to play the doublebass. He moved into the improvisation scene in 2001,
playing and recording with such musicians as Daniel Carter, Matt Maneri, and Roy Campbell, Jr.
among many others. His new quartet with Belogenis, Levin and Krall takes his sense of
improvisation into undiscovered places. Florence Wetzel of All About Jazz says that he "cooks to
the boiling point."
TOM HAMILTON* (electric sound artist, synth)
Beginning in the late 1960s era of analog synthesis, Hamilton has created electronic music for over 4 decades. His ongoing series of concerts, installations and recor-dings contrasts structure with improvisation and textural electronics with acoustic instruments. The recipient of many awards, he is also a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. In addition to perfor-ming and recording with other musicians, Hamilton has collaborated with visual artists like filmmaker Fred Worden and photographer Ernst Haas.
WILLIAM HOOKER* (drums)
Composer, drummer, poet, William Hooker has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs. As a composer, he has received commissions from Meet the Composer, the NY State Council on the Arts, Real Art Ways and others, and has led many creat-ive ensembles with musicians from highly diverse backgrounds, including Thurston Moore, David Murray, David S. Ware, William Parker, DJ Spooky and Lee Ranaldo. Hooker often reads his poetry during perfor-mances as part of the musical compositions. He has performed at the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour, Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival, Columbia University and many other stages both here and abroad. For more information: www.williamhooker.com
JASON KAO HWANG (violin)
"What's striking about [his] music, a stirring blend of Stephane
Grapelli's violin improvisations and Morton Feldman's microtonal compositions, is that it makes
traditional instruments sound contemporary." (The New York Times). As a composer, Hwang's
works span jazz, classical, "new" and world music, like his new CD Edge (Asian Improv) and The
Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown (New World), named a 2005 top ten opera recording by
Opera News. As a violinist, he has worked with Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and Tatsu
Aoki among others. He currently plays with The Gift, Trio Tarana and Malcheck Muzikum. For
more information: www.jasonkaohwang.com
VICTOR JONES (drums)
Although he played the trumpet as a young boy in NJ, Jones fell in
love with the drums after seeing The Beatles on television. Lou Donaldson discovered his talent
in 1975, and Jones has since worked with many music greats like Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie,
Chaka Khan and, most recently, singer Jimmy Scott. Among his recordings are The Victor Jones
R&B Bop Band's Visible Sound Groove (New Frontier) and Culturversy. He is also considered a
pioneer in Acid Jazz (a unique blend of jazz, funk and hip-hop). "I always try to stay in touch
with new trends in music. Jazz runs the risk of losing its creative edge by focusing on artists who
are reproducing music that was perfected before they were born," he says.
With a master's degree in composition from the Mannes
College of Music, Neal Kirkwood is a composer and pianist, bandleader and arranger for the
Neal Kirkwood Octet, the Chromatic Persuaders and the Discovery Orchestra. He has been
awarded numerous commissions, including a New York State Council on the Arts commission for
The Future of Futurism for jazz orchestra, and composed many scores for theater and dance
productions. In addition to his four CDs as bandleader, he has also recorded a solo piano CD,
Time's Circle (Present Eye Music).
BORIS KOZLOV (bass)
A Moscow native, Kozlov began playing piano early and quickly
moved on to the tuba, trumpet and electric bass before graduating college in 1987 with a Diploma
of Honor in the acoustic bass. Before moving to the US, he toured the world extensively with
various jazz groups, including his own. The winner of many awards for his playing, Kozlov has
performed and recorded with musicians like Ravi Coltrane, Victor Jones and Frank Lacy. Since
1995 he has been a key member of the NY recording scene working particularly with the Mingus
Big Band, which he joined in 1998. Sue Mingus says of his arrangement of Cell Block F on the I
Am Three album: "...[it is] a piece that I myself never particularly liked. I heard it in a whole new context."
JACKSON KRALL (drums)
Krall has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor since the mid-
1990s, and the New York Press says he "balances [Taylor's] resounding piano... and doesn't try
to anticipate or emulate the pianist's idiosyncratic phrasing…so much as respond with equal
spontaneity and gravitas." Other key musical relationships have been with composers Alan Silva
and Bill Dixon. In the past 30 years, Krall has also created drums and bells for some of the
world’s greatest musicians. In addition, his percussive sound sculptures have been shown in art
paces throughout NYC. He has collaborated with dancers like Elaine Shipman, and performed
most recently on Dom Minasi's Vampire's Revenge (CDM Records).
DANIEL LEVIN (cello)
From age six, Daniel Levin began playing thecello, and later studied
classical music at premier institutions including the New England Conservatory of Music. Starting
in 1963, he moved into composing and improvising, and has since worked with major musicians
in the creative music world like Borah Bergman, Billy Bang and Tim Berne among others. In
addition to recordings like Don’t Go It Alone (Rita Records), he has performed at the Vision
Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival. All About Jazz magazine says
"he deserves to have his name added to the short list of cellists making a mark in improvisational
EDY MARTINEZ (piano)
Before settling in NYC in 1964, Edy Martinez lived and performed in
the Netherlands Antilles, New Orleans and Miami. Soon after arriving he became piano chair and
arranger for Ray Barretto, a strong musical partnership which lasted through several albums. As
a composer, Martinez wrote such works as Rareza En Guajira, and arranged many songs
including Las Estrellas de Fania, the Fania All Stars Band theme. Barretto's album The Other
Road, named for Martinez's composition, was hailed as "the music of the future" by Downbeat
magazine and rated five stars. In addition to his collaboration with Barretto, Martinez has worked
with such musical giants as Tito Puente, Paquito d'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus.
SEAN MEEHAN* (percussion)
Wire magazine says "Meehan is one of the best, though least
documented percussionists around... a king of small gestures and smears." He became musically
active in the improvisational music scene of the late 1980s, and his recordings document
collaborations with musicians like Mamoru Fujieda and Edwin Torres. His most recent release is
Sectors (for Constant) (SoS Editions).
DON PATE (bass)
A Chicago native, Don Pate is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed with such musical luminaries as Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Yusef Lateef, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Paul Shaffer (of The Letterman Show). Most recently he has recorded on Anami Records with guitar genius Tisziji Munoz.
SONNY SIMMONS* (alto saxophone, English horn)
Born in Louisiana, Sonny Simmons
began his musical education in Oakland, CA, playing the English horn and then learned the alto
sax. He first performed with blues, R&B and bebop musicians, but then became deeply
influenced by Charlie Parker and formed his own sound. In 1961 he worked with Charles Mingus,
and in 1962 formed a group with flutist Prince Lasha that released The Cry!, a recording that
Amazon.com calls "a prize item of the free-jazz movement." Simmons then moved to NYC,
recording with jazz giants Elvin Jones and Eric Dolphy, but moved back to the Bay Area in 1965
where he married the powerful trumpeter Barbara Donald. Their musical collaboration led to
many inspired performances and recordings. By the mid-1970s, Simmons divorced and
dropped out of the music scene. After years of playing on the street, he reemerged in peak form
in 1994 with Ancient Ritual (Qwest), which earned him long overdue recognition and launched his
second career. He has since recorded more for the labels Qwest and CIMP, and has most
recently played with his new group, The Cosmosamatics. Jazz Times says that "Simmons' tone is
still that unmistakable, riveting cry in the wilderness." For more information:
BRIAN SMITH* (bass)
Since moving from Chicago to NYC in 1976, Brian Smith has
composed music for the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Ebony Ensemble and the Delaware Valley
Arts Alliance. His works have been performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the American
Composers Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Players and Orchestra among
others. He has received many important awards both as composer and musician from
organizations like the Fulbright Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the
National Endowment for the Arts. His musical collaborators have included Anthony Braxton,
Muhal Richard Abrams and Lionel Hampton. Along with composing and teaching, Smith co-
founded the Mid-Town Community Youth Ensemble in 1995 for children ages 8 to 17.
GEORGE STATHOS (clarinet)
George Stathos originally from Athens, Greece, has performed on David Sanborn's Late Night Music (NBC) and at the famous avant-garde La Mama Experimental Theater. Stathos has played on all six of Scott Wilson's CDs: Efendi, An American in Istanbul, Middle East Music Minus Doumbek and Percussion, Casbah Dreams, Live at Le Figaro and Belly Dance Nights.
JACK WALRATH* (trumpet)
Walrath began playing trumpet in 1955 at age nine living in
Edgar, Montana (pop. 100). A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Walrath has worked with
such musical luminaries as Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Elvis
Costello among many others. He has appeared on TV, in films and on radio since 1965, and
composed the soundtrack to the NBC hit show Homicide: Life On The Street. With over 25
recordings as a bandleader, he received a Grammy nomination for Master of Suspense (Blue
Note). A writer of liner notes, a reviewer of music biographies, a master teacher at music clinics in
the US and abroad, he is also the recipient of many grants, including one from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
LENI COHEN WILSON*(doumbek)
Leni Cohen Wilson has played the doumbek (a Middle Eastern drum) with her husband Scott Wilson's band throughout New York and in Istanbul, Turkey. She has also appeared on Scott Wilson's last 3 CDs: Casbah Dreams, Live at Le Figaro and Belly Dance Nights.
SCOTT WILSON* (baglama-hydra)
A unique triple-necked instrument, the baglama-hydra was
invented and built by Scott Wilson. Combining the Turkish saz, the Greek bouzouki and the
Arabic oud, it allows him to play all three instruments at the same time. The son of the famous
Middle Eastern dancer Serena, Scott was born in NYC but grew up immersed in the music of
Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Armenia and Israel. He has performed internationally and plays every
Sunday night at the Greenwich Village landmark Café Figaro. Wilson's CDs, including Efendi and
Casbah Dreams, can be found at www.CDbaby.com/cd/efendi.
MICHAEL WIMBERLY (djembe, drums)
Michael Wimberly has performed extensively with
the Harlem Festival Orchestra and the International House Orchestra; for such plays as The Lion
King, The Wiz, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and
with such varied musicians as Steve Coleman, Teramasa Hino, David Murray, Charles Gayle,
Reggie Workman, Oluyemi Thomas and Positive Knowledge, Roy Campbell & Exuberance, Kali.
Z. Fasteau, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Henry Yarbrough, DJ Logic, Jean Paul Bourelly, D’Angelo,
Alyson Williams, Angie Stone, Paul Winter's Consort, Mamma Tongue and George Clinton and
the Parliament Funkedelics.
ELISE WOOD* (flute)
This Philadelphia-born musician has collaborated with such important
figures as David Murray, Archie Shepp, Butch Morris and, most frequently with her partner of two
decades, John Hicks, with whom she has just created HiWood Records. Touring extensively, she
was most recently in Taiwan where she became the first woman jazz flutist to appear there. She
is featured in documentary films like Femmes du Jazz, and is considered on the cutting edge of
creative American jazz. She also worked many times with Latin jazz giant Tito Puente, Dominican
El Canario and the Colombian band Grupo Niche. Woods studied under master flutist Mauricio
Smith, and was a featured performer in the great Village Gate concert series "Salsa Meets Jazz."
UMUT YASMUT (kanun)
Visiting NYC from Istanbul, Turkey, Umut Yasmut is a well-known
player of the kanun, a Turkish zither. A popular performer in nightclubs and many other venues
across Turkey, Yasmut also appears on Scott Wilson's CDs Live at Le Figaro and Bellydance
* Hell's Kitchen resident
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