Quentin Tolimieri CD Release Show with Jason Mears: Saxophone
First Set: Quentin Tolimieri: Solo Piano
Second Set: Jason Mears: Saxophone, Quentin Tolimieri: Electric Piano
Quentin Tolimieri is a composer, pianist and improviser. His work has been presented throughout Europe and North America at a variety of venues, including, most recently, Roulette and The Stone (NYC), Instants Chavires and La Chapelle (France) and The SPOR Festival for New Music and Sound Art (Denmark), which presented his long form (three hours in total) multi-channel electronic work Three Comedies in its entirety. His music is included on the album West Coast Soundings (Wandelweiser Records) which has been listed as one of the top ten modern classical albums of 2014 by the Wire Magazine. A section of eldritch Priest’s Boring Formless Nonsense, Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure(Bloomsbury Academic) is devoted to a lengthy discussion of his work Josef, Lieber Josef Mein. He holds an MA in composition from The University of Southampton (UK) and a BFA in composition and piano from California Institute of the Arts, studying with, among others, Michael Finnissy, Michael Pisaro, Joe Maneri and Vinny Golia. He lives in New York City and works as a freelance pianist. More information is available at www.quentintolimieri.com
Jason Mears, from Alaska, is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser who is currently living in New York City. He holds a BFA in Music Education from Boston University and a MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts. Jason has studied with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Harvey Pittel, and Vinny Golia. Jason’s most recent project, 20 TON BRIDGE, an electro-acoustic ensemble with Quentin Tolimieri (keyboards), Ken Filiano (bass), and Andrew Drury (drums) explores the multidimensional possibilities of his unique compositional language. As well as being a leader of the highly acclaimed Empty Cage Quartet, Jason has been a member of Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E Orchestra, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra, and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Nate Wooley, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jeff Parker, Mike Pride, Harris Eisenstadt, and Reuben Radding among many others. Jason has recorded on the Prefecture, Clean Feed, Nine Winds, 482, No Business, and pfMENTUM labels.