1pm Sunday, March 9th at Willimantic Records, a free show with donations to the artists encouraged.
Photo by Beth O'Brien
Craig Shepard writes music related to stillness. The experience of listening to his music has been compared to listening to the sound of falling snow. He writes mostly for acoustic instruments with rich tonal qualities.
His music is published by Edition Wandelweiser. It has been called "spare, elegant" (Steve Smith, Time Out New York) "touchingly beautiful" (Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Berliner Zeitung) and "truly invulnerable" (Martin Preisser, St-Galler Tagblatt). It has been featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Moments Musicaux Aarau, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Experimental Intermedia New York, The Stone NYC, Issue Project Room Brooklyn, Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Deep Listening Center in Kingston, New York, and throughout Europe and the United States.
Mr. Shepard has received commissions from the Musikpodium der Stadt Zürich, Quartour Bozzini, the Masanti/Parkinson Duo, the Kantorei der Stadtkirche Solothurn and the Gesellschaft für Literatur, Musik und Kunst Romanshorn.
As a trombonist, he has performed with Christian Wolff, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company,Jürg FreyCollegium Novum Zürich and many others. He has played on recordings with the Vokal Ensemble München and with Burkhard Schlothaur.
At the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts), Mr. Shepard served as a lecturer and listening researcher. A paper detailing the results of his work has been published in the Schweizerische Musikzeitung.
From 2001 to 2005, he studied sacbut with Ulrich Eichenberger. In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli and composition with Michael Pisaro, Amnon Wolman, and Alan Stout.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York. - www.craigshepard.net
Alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty is New England's purveyor of the ecstatic jazz pulse. Even before his 1978 debut Flaherty remained unshakable in the pursuit of soul healing and demon dashing through freedom music. That first record, In the Midst of Chaos was cut with his local clan, under the banner Orange. For the next 20 years Flaherty remained exclusively in the great North East and recording over a dozen blasting, freely improvised albums with drummer Randall Colbourne, and others, for Cadence and their own Zaabway imprint. Wet Paint is Flaherty's current imprint for the occasional self-release.
Since 2001 Flaherty's notoriety has risen in tandem with his hyper-acclaimed duo with drummer Chris Corsano and regular group work with Dream/Aktion Unit (with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore), Cold Bleak Heat (with Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner), Spencer Yeh, Dredd Foole, Joe McPhee, Steve Baczkowski, Marc Edwards, and many others. - frontporchproductions.org
He's been at it since the '70s and has become an underground champion of chasing the Eternal Now. The subject of these sonic musings is freedom--freedom from the constraints of traditional harmonic, melodic, and compositional forms--freedom to go, baby, go wherever the Spirit takes him.
-- Farrell Lowe, All About Jazz
Often incredibly descriptive with myriad small details fleshing out the larger picture; other times he paints in bigger broader strokes. This is New England improvisational saxophonist Paul Flaherty's second solo album... He coaxes sounds out of his alto and soprano saxophones that I have never heard before, and besides his musical inventiveness, he's got more raw energy than three people.
-- George Parsons, Dream Magazine on Flaherty's 2006 solo album Whirl of Nothingness