Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research, better known as FFEAR, intrepidly plumbs new sonic territory by “adopting classical compositional techniques into an improvisational setting.” Co-led by saxophonist Ole Mathisen, who has appeared on our stage most recently with Amir ElSaffar, and trombonist Chris Washburne, director of the Columbia University Jazz Performance program, FFEAR released its new album Mirage in 2012, which features the eponymous work by Mathisen, who was the recipient of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant. Here’s an excerpt from the multi-movement work, “Mirage, Part 4: Scenes,” recorded live at Columbia University in 2010:
We’re pleased to present this adventurous band on our stage, and hope that you’ll join us on Saturday to hear FFEAR dive into unexplored territory. For more about the project, check out their band profile on Chamber Music America. As a bonus, here’s half an hour of footage from a live performance in Oslo, Norway from May 2013, which includes substantial contributions from Washburne on didjeridoo, among other musical ventures:
Ole Mathisen and Chris Washburne’s FFEAR performs at The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, February 1st, 2014. This performance features Ole Mathisen on saxophones, Chris Washburne on trombone, Hans Glawischnig on bass, and Marko Djordjevic on drums. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for members. Purchase tickets here.