Ayman Fanous presents six ensembles at the Firehouse Space
Over the last 25 years, Ayman Fanous has forged a singular synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation. By yoking the expansive techniques of these demanding guitaristic approaches to a contemporary aesthetic, Fanous has developed a unique voice, full of both fiery virtuosity and harmolodic openness and complexity. It has been described as "a stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia" (Signal to Noise). To this combustible mix, Fanous adds a number of extended techniques to create a rich tapestry of textures and colors.
While the guitar is Fanous' primary instrument, he also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki, an instrument which intimates the musical spirit of cultures from Central and South Asia to the Middle East, Balkans, and North Africa. He has led duos, trios, and quartets with such illustrious musician/composers as Bern Nix, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori, Andrea Parkins, Susan Alcorn, Denman Maroney, Mat Maneri, Lori Freedman, Kinan Azmeh, Michael Wimberly, Satoshi Takeishi, and Tatsuya Nakatani.
Over two nights at the Firehouse Space, Fanous will bring together some of the most original and acclaimed improvising musicians in New York to debut six different ensembles, including four premiers, in multicultural explorations of free chamber improv.
From reviews of Ayman Fanous and Jason Hwang's CD Zilzal (Innova, 2013):
"The duo release—Zilzal—further defines the evolution of two master musician/composers pursing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo." -Karl Ackerman, Allaboutjazz.com
"This is music with ambition... for new forms of sounds, new ways to express things, full of emotional depth, with emotions that are too complex to be canvassed in old forms, too elusive to be captured in patterns, too deep to be expressed in shallow tunes." -Stef, Freejazzblog.org
"If [this music] is beautiful, it is the beauty of awe. This is… music that is on the edge of the future. It is music that needs to be heard and explored." -Jack Goodstein, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"To venture into the cultural extremes as exhibited within Zilzal and and make the music accessible to a broad based audience is simply amazing." -Brent Black, Criticaljazz.com
Thursday, March 10
Denman Maroney Duo (Guitar/hyperpiano)
Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/Ned Rothenberg/Daniel Levin Quartet (Guitar/violin/reeds/cello)
Ayman Fanous/Ikue Mori Duo + Guests (Guitar/laptop electronics)
Friday, March 11
Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/William Parker/Tatsuya Nakatani Quartet (Guitar/violin/bass/percussion)
Ayman Fanous/Tomas Ulrich/Mark Feldman Quartet (Guitar/cello/violin)
Ayman Fanous/Andrea Parkins Duo + Guests (Guitar/electronics and accordion)
246 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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