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cancura-mosher-sample1Rob Mosher‘s critically acclaimed and quirky 10 piece jazz/classical band Storytime and Petr Cancura‘s buzz-worthy new musical project Down Home will be featured at a benefit for New York City based charity Rational Animal on Friday, March 12th at 8pm in the Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (Between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tickets are $12 in advance (visit rationalanimal.eventbrite.com to purchase) and $15 at the door. Each ticketholder will receive a Rational Animal T-shirt and other small gifts. Food, drink, and raffle tickets benefitting Rational Animal will be available in exchange for a small additional donation. Further information is available by contacting peter@petermcdowell.com

Storytime features original compositions by leader/horn player Rob Mosher. A lushly scored musical odyssey that contains echoes of Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Debussy and Bach, Storytime reflects Mosher’s embrace of a wide range of influences which have coalesced to create his singularly independent compositional voice.  It’s all held together by Mosher’s multi-faceted orchestration and ingenious use of instrumentation (saxophones, oboe, English horn, clarinets, flute, trumpet, French horn, trombone, electric and acoustic guitar, plus bass and drums). A Canadian currently residing in New York City, award winning composer and performer Rob Mosher straddles both the jazz and classical worlds. Specializing on oboe, English horn and soprano sax, Rob is also the leader of Supervillains jazz quartet.

Down Home is a 5-6 piece ensemble led by Czech born, Candian raised, Brooklyn based muti-instrumentalist Petr Cancura. Down Home combines the rhythms of Africa and Brazil, the phrasing of old blues singers from Mississippi, the deep sound of the saxophone, the unmistakable sound of strings (banjo, mandolin, violin, guitar, bass), and a song or two with words. The songs of Down Home are inspired by black and white photographs – from the sounds of Americana and jazz to a hint of country and bluegrass – the photographs and music enhance each other, telling stories. Already a veteran in jazz, Cancura has recorded with Danilo Perez, Bob Moses and Joe Morris, and is known for crossing borders with the Rwandan Mighty Popo, Canadian Kathleen Edwards and Brooklyn-Brazilian Nation Beat. With Down Home, Petr has thrown himself in the journey of fusing his past musical experience with the stories and traditions of folk music of the deep south.

With offices in Chelsea, Manhattan, Rational Animal uses media and special events to increase public awareness about NYC’s at-risk animals. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve the lives of homeless animals, working animals, and wildlife by using media to communicate the actions people can take to help animals and prevent harm to them.

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Interpretations Presents:

Adam Rudolph / Yusef Lateef:
3 World Premieres

Thursday, September 17, 2009
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music begins on September 17, 2009, with a presentation of the longstanding collaboration between saxophonist/composer Yusef Lateef and percussionist/composer Adam Rudolph. The collaborative duo of Yusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph began working together in 1988, and over the last 20 years, they have shared their work with enthusiastic audiences in Europe and the USA. Presented a few short weeks prior to Lateef’s 89th birthday, this evening’s program features three newly commissioned works and readings of original poetry by Yusef Lateef, with musical accompaniment.

Lateef: Concerto For Percussion (for Adam Rudolph)
With the S.E.M. Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik
Lateef: A Syllogism (for baritone and piano)
Featuring Joseph Kubera, piano and Thomas Buckner, baritone voice
Rudolph: Nightsky (for baritone and percussion)
Featuring Adam Rudolph, percussion and Thomas Buckner, baritone voice
Readings of Original Poetry by Yusef Lateef, with musical accompaniment.

“Lateef’s robust sound and dynamic phrasing brought the sheer essence of African-American music history to every note he played. Rudolph’s drumming was equally fascinating, spinning with lightning speed and propulsive acceleration.”
-Los Angeles Times

At nearly 89 years of age, DR. YUSEF LATEEF has been a major force on the international musical scene for more than six decades. He has been named an American Jazz Master for the year 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of his many contributions to the world of music. His explorations into sound have led him from study of Eastern music since the 1950′s to a recent four year Senior Research Fellowship at Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria, Nigeria. He contributed to the legendary groups of Dizzy Gillespe, Charles Mingus and Cannonball Adderly and led his own ensembles in tours worldwide. He has composed for and performed with the Detroit, New World, and Augusta Symphony Orchestras. His recent work The African American Epic Suite was recorded and performed by the Cologne Radio Orchestra and featured himself and Adam Rudolph as soloists. Dr. Lateef also has many publications to his credit in both music and literature. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts. www.yuseflateef.com

Composer and hand percussionist ADAM RUDOLPH has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the New York Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician magazine. He has recorded extensively and performed at festivals and concerts throughout the North & South America, Europe and Japan, with Don Cherry, Shankar, Foday Musa Suso, Kevin Eubanks, Pharoah Sanders, and Hassan Hakmoun. Rudolph has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute, California Institute of the Arts and the Danish Jazz Federation Summer Institute. He has received grants from the Cary Trust & NEA and has released several recordings and toured internationally his own ensemble, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. His first opera, The Dreamer, recently premiered to coincide with its CD release. Rudolph’s rhythm repository and methodology book, Pure Rhythm was published in 2006 by Advance Music, Germany. Rudolph has received grants and compositional commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the NEA, Arts International, Durfee Foundation and American Composers Forum. In July 2009 he received his second “New Works” grant from Chamber Music America. www.metarecords.com/adam.html

For more information on Interpretations:
Office Phone: 212-627-0990
Interpretations Online: www.interpretations.info
James Ilgenfritz, Publicist: james@mutablemusic.com

For more information on Roulette:
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
General admission: $15
($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)
For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit www.roulette.org
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