Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Monday, April 16th, 8 p.m.| The Arcata Playhouse
"Accessible and thoughtful, lyrical and cerebral…Keberle and his bandmates weave their voices together with supple ease and understated grace to conjure a collective sound that embraces the listener while rewarding closer attention."
—Shaun Brady, DownBeat
The current climate has inspired a number of jazz artists to make politically engaged music, and Ryan Keberle helped lead the charge with his most recent recording, Find The Common, Shine A Light, which DownBeat called “a project that could speak both to the current state of political unrest and to music’s ability to overcome it.” The album—one of two the band has made since their first visit here three years ago—mixes Keberle originals (some with words, some without) and pointed covers (“The Fool On The Hill,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”), all utilizing the trademark Catharsis sound of two horns and voice intertwining over grooves laid down by bass and drums. Over more than half a decade now, that sound—deeply informed by a variety of South American traditions—has been honed over four albums and steady touring, as Keberle has created a rarity in today’s jazz world: a long-term working band.
Keberle is in the vanguard of a new generation of trombonists raising the instrument’s profile. He gained some visibility early on through his sideman work with indie groundbreakers like Sufjan Stevens and R&B superstars like Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. And while he’s also been hand-picked to play in some of the finest large ensembles around (the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Emilio Solla’s La Inestable de Brooklyn), it’s as a bandleader and composer in his own right that Keberle has really made his mark.
Keberle hails from Spokane, Washington, where both of his parents are longtime musicians and educators. He went cross-country to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music, studying under trombonist Steve Turre and composers Manny Albam and Mike Abene. After graduating with honors, Keberle joined the inaugural class of the “Jazz at Juilliard” graduate program, where he was a student of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and composer, bandleader and Ellington expert David Berger.
Keberle’s bandmates in Catharsis are amongst the most compelling voices in the jazz world of today. The amazing Scott Robinson is best known for his work on various saxophones, but he has recorded or performed on more than 50 different instruments, ranging from the familiar (trumpet, clarinet) to the rare (theremin, ophicleide). His stylistic range is just as broad—as evidenced by his recorded work with everyone from the traditionalist trumpeter Ruby Braff to ex-Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen.
As a teen, Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder studied cello at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. Not long after switching to bass, he was appointed principal bass in the Lima Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras. After two seasons, Roeder moved to the US to study jazz, soon becoming one of New York’s most in-demand bassists. A regular in the bands of guitarist Julian Lage and pianist Shai Maestro, he has also performed with Gary Burton, Steve Lacy, Kenny Werner, Antonio Sanchez and Matt Wilson.
Eric Doob has worked regularly with such RJA alumni as Hans Glawischnig (Miguel Zenón) and Matthew Stevens (Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures), and he has held down the drummer’s chair for Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Dave Samuels, Emilio Solla, and Manuel Valera, earning a 2013 Grammy nomination for the latter’s album New Cuban Express.Subbing for vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza on this tour (Meza was hand-picked by Pat Metheny to play and arrange for the band honoring him at this year’s NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC) is Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and has released three albums with her band SCOPE.
Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website and at People's Records, Wildwood Music, Wildberries, and The Works.
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis will also present an open public workshop at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 17th in Music 131 on the campus of Humboldt State University (that's across the walkway from Fulkerson Recital Hall). People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend, and admission is FREE.
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Additional support for this show comes from Coffee Break, George Epperson DDS, Marimba One, Renaissance Internet, Christy Laird and Rose Court Cottage, Carol & Les Scher, Wildwood Music, and Zwerdling Law Firm.