This Tuesday, October 30, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome trumpeter Peter Evans back to our stage with his band, Being & Becoming. This past summer, Evans played in three configurations across two nights of performance—solo, duo with pianist Cory Smythe, and trio with vibraphonist Joel Ross and drummer Max Jaffe. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Evans noted how his solo and group work were heading toward a point of convergence:
The ensemble and solo playing has been converging a lot more in the last year or so. It’s something I never really expected, but maybe it was inevitable. In my solo music I have been searching for ways to create coherent and interesting structures that can shape the music—structures that are clearly audible as structures but at the same time are flexible and malleable in the moment if need be. There are a bunch of different ways to achieve this, and some paths I have taken from my work as a composer for improvising ensembles: for instance, a 12 tone mode that repeats at the 2-octave point. This is a field of harmony and melody that fixes each pitch in space, allowing me to work with set materials in a very detailed and sometimes very fast way without having to juggle what note goes where. Strict modal improvisation, in short—nothing new about that! But it’s a development for me in the solo music that comes out of my writing for one of my bands (the piece “Intergalactic“). Conversely, there are ways of developing and organizing material that grew directly out of my solo playing—for instance, juggling 2 or 3 small chunks of music (I think of them as characters or spirits) and bouncing them off one another, developing each character in isolation and in dialogue with the others.
Evans’s quartet Being & Becoming is a relatively recent project, featuring alert, young collaborators—Mr. Ross on vibraphone & marimba, Nick Jozwiak on bass, and Savannah Harris on drums.
Peter Evans Being & Becoming plays The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The group features Mr. Evans on trumpet, Joel Ross on vibraphone & marimba, Nick Jozwiak on bass, and Savannah Harris on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved cabaret seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.