IS THIS JAZZ?: Ben Shaw Quartet, Rallidae at AS220

December 2, 2016 @ 8:30 pm – December 3, 2016 @ 12:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
Our last show of the year takes place on December 2nd and will sure to close out another killer season in a spectacular way. Headlining the night will be Rallidae, an intimate and unconventional vocal group founded by composer and saxophonist Angela Morris. Combining songs and improvisation, Rallidae inhabits the increasingly populated sonic space between avant-indie and avant-jazz. Their 2014 EP “Paper Birds” was praised as “combining strong melodies and narratives… a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words. “Paper Birds” is an exceptional debut from an exciting and innovative new band.” (All About Jazz). The mostly Brookyln-based group features guitarist Dustin Carlson, bassist Scott Colberg, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone and voice, and the Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras (Meredith Monk, Tanya Tagaq). This December they tour the east coast and Canada in support of their first full-length album “Turned, and Was.” Opening the night will be a quartet of local players lead by composer and saxophonist Ben Shaw. They will be focusing on some new material Shaw has been writing as a reaction to his study of and fascinations with various American folk forms such as jazz, gospel, and blues. Joining him will be fantastic local musicians Joseph Godfrey on piano, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Paul DiMartino on drums.
Music kicks at 9pm with admission being a mere $10. Come on out and celebrate another year of  great music!