MUSE/IQUE, an innovative cross-genre music organization curated by its noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby that embraces the unexpected, continues its popular Uncorked series with “Jazz Laid Down” on Monday, February 11, 2013, 7 pm. Featuring legendary bassist Charlie Haden as special guest along with the electro-acoustic jazz, funk and world music of TriTone Asylum and original choreography by Joffrey Ballet choreographer Alice Alyse, the event takes place at a fascinating “pop up” venue, The Castle Press in Pasadena, one of the nation’s busiest printing studios. Amid cocktail rounds and chairs scattered among the machinery for seating, the evening begins with complimentary wine and tours of the printing studio followed by the performance.
A 46-ton press serves as the stage as the worlds of music, dance, printing and motion intersect in an unusual setting where ultra-high tech digital presses and an 1850 Columbian Hand Press still in daily operation sit side-by-side, creating brochures and fliers for everything from sandwich shops to symphonies. Special guest Charlie Haden, in an appearance the day following his receipt of a prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy®, dazzles with his virtuosic and revolutionary jazz chops that have netted a 2012 NEA Jazz Master Award, 16 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Bassplayer magazine and kudos as “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz” (Time Magazine). TriTone Asylum, comprised of Andy Waddell, guitar, Jamieson Trotter, keyboard, Peter Sepsis, bass, Allen Mascari, saxophone, Philip Topping, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and Mark San Filippo, drums, draws from the music of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Freddy Hubbard and also performs original compositions. Alyse adds original choreography to the mix.
Worby, who ties it all together with distinctive insights and commentary, says, “We are using the raw environment of a working print press, the juxtaposition of contemporary artists with a jazz icon, and a deconstructed presentation of mid-century masterworks to take the audience back to a time when jazz was on the dangerously exciting lead edge of culture and thought.”
Susan and George Kinney are the proprietors of Castle Press, which partners with MUSE/IQUE for this presentation.
The Castle Press is located at 1222 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103. Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $250 to $1,000 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.