Thomas Kozumplik, Ben Shaw, and Four Agreements

October 8, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – October 9, 2015 @ 12:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire Street

Coming up on October 8th we have an incredible weekday edition of ITJ@AS220 for you all! Thomas Kozumplik is a man with a lot to offer and much that is worthy of high praise. Besides being a composer/performer and co-founder of Loop 2.4.3, he also works as a freelance percussionist, arranger, clinician, writer/curator for “Music Starts From Silence”, and also performs arranges for the ensemble Clogs. Thomas was an original member of the Yale Percussion Group (directed by Robert van Sice), and a long-time member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble (classical, jazz, and world music), the Ron Parmentier Trio (modern and free jazz), and Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement (theatrical/multi-media rock and roll). His performances have been called “dazzling throughout” (Mojo, UK), “sublime” (Pitchfork, USA), “smart and engaging” (New York Times, USA), and “the hit for me” (composer Terry Riley via the New York Times). Gramophone (UK) called American Dreamland – Kozumplik’s new song cycle with co-writer Lorne Watson – “an astonishing variety of brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura” and praised it’s “artistic punch.” He has performed/recorded with artists ranging from Grammy-winner Dave Samuels, to MacArthur Fellows John Jesurun and Dafnis Prieto, and indie-rock artists such as The National and Sufjan Stevens. He has been featured on over 20 internationally released albums, in a variety of genres, on several notable record labels. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Thomas has toured around the world and has performed for radio, film, theater, and television. Thomas has received awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, the UK Arts Council, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, and many more. This is a grand occasion to have someone of Thomas’ talent and notoriety grace our stage and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to Providence. Before we get to Thomas, we have Ben Shaw who has been applying a multifaceted approach to creating music that has brought him down a number of different paths to find a singular voice. Recently this has found him attempting to discover the essence of what makes art “American” as evidenced in various forms and styles unique to the history of this country. For this latest project, he pursues this aesthetic with help from fellow musicians he has assembled who have analogous voices that offer a fresh and evolving take on what defines our folk music. Joining him onstage and opening the night we have series alums Four Agreements. Formed initially as a weekly jam by a group of friends, this unique and exciting band features Clay Nordhill on guitar, Tom White on keyboards, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Paul DiMartino on drums. The group uses original compositions as a vehicle to explore possibilities in sound and communication. As is the standard, the music begins at 9pm with tickets being a meager $10 for an incredible night of sound to break up your work week.