Backstage Jazz Podcast - Portals - a Conversation
Nov 14, 2023
Art Lande and Sam Williams have a conversation with Steven Roby, the host of the Backstage Jazz Podcast and answer questions about their album Portals, the formation of the Duo, the upcoming gig at Dazzle and more.
Portals, from Art and Sam Williams, released!
July 28, 2023
New music from Art Lande and Sam Williams. Portals is an album of original compositions for piano and saxophone written and performed by Art and Sam with exemplary grace, care and delight. Notice: music can take you places.
Portals is available now for digital download and listening/streaming at Art's Bandcamp site as well as streaming services worldwide.
Back in Boulder
After wintering in AZ, Art has returned to Boulder with a stack of new, desert inspired music. Gigs, rehearsals, hikes and sports will soon be back to seasonal norms, and with improving temperatures in the Rockies, it's finally time for some festive gatherings. As always, visit Where's Art for info about Art Lande concerts.
From Art: 2022, What Happened, What's Coming
December 20, 2022
Art Lande and Mark Miller held another successful workshop and concert at The Muse Performance Space. Art and Mark have been teaching and performing together for more than 50 years and continue to meet and play together weekly. Their book, Being Music, is another of the Duo's gems. They will be teaching and performing at CalArts in January, 2023, and they continue to offer the Book, workshops, teaching and concerts.
The Flex trio released their second album this year, Slate & Quartz, and played a concert with a great vibe and lots of fun to to a sold out audience at Denver's Dazzle Jazz club. Art is writing new music for the band as a slightly larger Flex ensemble, and is anticipating some special nights to debut this new music in 2023.
It's important to Art, Amanda and Kim to create and perform their own compositions. Three different arcs of idea and identity intersect in interesting ways, both on the page and in improvisation. The Caffe Sole audience at this summer's concert enjoyed serious playfulness and comaraderie. The band is excited to present more such concerts, the first coming in the spring or summer, and they intend to record their first album in the year ahead.
S continues to rehearse/play together regularly and their concerts of spontaneous compostions have a strong following of listeners. Two projects in development for 2023 include a night of live music played to 20th Century arthouse and experimental films (think Stan Brakhage), as well as evenings of poetry with music.
Art Lande, Sam Williams Duo
In the past year, Art and Sam presented an Aspen Armchair Concert, a performance of new, original compositions at the Muse Performance Space, and they recorded their first album, due for release in the spring or summer of 2023.
You bet! A trip to the Northeast/NYC is likely this summer, which will end the drought of recent years, and gigs in the Asheville, North Carolina area are also in the works for April.
Flex - the new album Slate & Quartz - has been released!
July 15, 2022
Slate & Quartz, the anticipated next album from Flex, is ready! It is available now for digital download and listening/streaming at Art's Bandcamp site as well as streaming services worldwide.
Slate & Quartz features some of Art's older and unrecorded pieces, including Pathways (for Bill Evans) and Underbrush (written for and first played by Steve Swallow). This album also includes beautiful pieces written by Gonzalo and Dru, as well as pieces written while wintering in Arizona. Two tracks also feature the strong tenor sax of our friend Sam[uel] Williams.
Regardless of your geological inclinations, we hope you'll visit artlande.bandcamp.com, download/listen to Slate & Quartz, and enjoy our latest (and very solid) musical efforts - Flex.
Annie Booth Sextet CD Release
Alpenglow, a new album from the Annie Booth Sextet, will be released in late June, 2022, with an initial concert on Saturday, June 25, at Caffe Sole in Boulder, CO.
Art Lande might be heard on a few notes that evening, as a potential guest artist, due to his role in the project last fall. See this news story for more info on that grant winning project, check Annie's site for other gigs and info, and certainly get to Caffe Sole on Saturday, June 25, to hear the debut of the album Alpenglow.
Samuel Williams and Art Lande play the Music of Glenn Cronkhite - an Aspen Armchair Concert
Aspen Armchair Concerts are a collection of virtual concerts created during the pandemic by musicians in the AMFS fold, both alumni and long-time performers. Samuel Williams is one of those distinguished musicians.
Sam and Art will play music by original Rubisa Patrol drummer, Glenn Cronkhite. In a phrase, these pieces map right into that enigmatic category of 1970's/ECM/major quality and substance.
This performance is featured as the Armchair concert for April. View it for free at any time starting April 12 (6PM MDT) and ending on April 15,2022 by visiting this page at AMF Virtual Stage. Visit AMFS Armchair Concerts for more information about the series.
Daisy - from Edward Simon and Art Lande
Release date: February 11, 2022
In April of 2019, Edward Simon and Art Lande played their first concert together. They wanted more, so despite many obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic, they got together in the studio, recorded, mixed and produced Daisy.
Daisy is an exquisite and moving album from two brilliant and masterful musicians. It was released world wide via digital music archive hosts and streaming services on February 11, 2022. Download and/or listen/stream it using Art's Bandcamp site, or get it from your favorite streaming service worldwide.
By Edward Simon and Art Lande
Being Music: The Art of Open Improvisation
This remarkable book by Mark Miller with Art Lande is gaining praise. Get your copy from University Professors Press.
Visit the link NOW and peruse the moving notable reviews, make an order and spread the word.
Being Music: The Art of Open Improvisation by Mark Miller with Art Lande.
More good info about the book is available at Mark's website.
A tiny visual sampler can be viewed here: artlande.com/being_music.html
Annie Booth Sextet Awarded Performance Plus Grant
Performance Plus is a Chamber Music America program providing grants to US based gender minority and women-led jazz ensembles.
Annie Booth is a recognized woman leader in all kinds of jazz music and jazz ensembles. But how does Art Lande fit-in?
Annie Booth Sextet, plus Art Lande
Patrick McDevitt (bass), Alejandro Castaño (drums), Annie Booth (piano/bandleader), Art Lande, John Gunther (saxophone), Greg Gisbert (trumpet), Anisha Rush (saxophone)
The purpose of Performance Plus is to engage an experienced jazz artist-educator (Art Lande) with such a jazz ensemble (Annie Booth Sextet) for six evaluative listening sessions with the goal of enhancing the ensemble’s performance. The listening sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the grantee ensemble.
And there it is — after the CMA panel review process, the Annie Booth Sextet was awarded a Performance Plus grant and had six dynamic and inspiring master class sessions with Art during September, October and November of 2021.
With parts A (award) and B (the sessions) complete, the recording session and our ability to hear the resulting demo are yet to come. More info about those dates and session insights will be posted as it becomes available. Check back for related news about this project.
Congratulations to the Annie Booth Sextet, and many thanks to Chamber Music America, the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their support.
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