Lotic TimeAugust 5, 2023 2 – 7pm
in conjunction with
Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide
August 5, 2023
Rain Date: August 6
Join us for Lotic Time, a culminating event showcasing collaborative performances by the Jazz Foundation of America and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. Set against the backdrop of Mary Mattingly’s living sculptural installation, this unique experience combines the power of sound and movement to explore the intricate rhythms of nature and the ever-changing scales of time as witnessed through our nearby waterways.
Blue Reality Quartet (Warren Smith, Joe McPhee, Michael Marcus, Jay Rosen)
J.D. Parran N’ the Spirit (Andrew Drury, Alexis Marcelo, Sharif Kales);
Art Baron and the Psychacoustic Band (Peter Apfelbaum, Matt Lavelle, Ben Stapp, Newman Taylor Baker)
Positive Knowledge (Oluyemi Thomas & Ijeoma Thomas)
Jessica Pavone solo
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy with Ronnie Burrage
Food Vendor: Gladys Bienvenida Restaurante
Welcome remarks and Q&A with Mary Mattingly & Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Curator & Director of Exhibitions
2:00 PM – Valerie Green/Dance Entropy with Ronnie Burrage
2:20 PM – Welcome Remarks
2:30 PM – Q&A with Mary Mattingly
3:00 PM – Jessica Pavone
3:30 PM – Positive Knowledge
4:15 PM – Art Baron and the Psychacoustic Band
5:00 PM – Valerie Green/Dance Entropy with Ronnie Burrage
5:30 PM – J.D. Parran N’ the Spirit
6:15 PM – Blue Reality Quartet
2:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Long Island City based renown dance company, performs a dynamic, site-specific, physical investigation into water, time, and sculpture inspired by and activating Mary Mattingly’s “Ebb of a Spring Tide” the featured 2023 Socrates Park installation accompanied by live music in collaboration with the Jazz Foundation. Explore, Contemplate, Move, and Be Moved with us.
About the Performers
Blue Reality Quartet
Warren Smith, Joe McPhee, Michael Marcus, Jay Rosen
Founded in 2018 at a one-off gig in Austria, the Blue Reality Quartet has evolved a potent group sound, unique in avant-garde jazz. Their pandemic-era recording debut, Love Exists Everywhere, “showcase[d] the meticulous technique and impressionistic explorations of four free-jazz masters” (Lissette Corsa, Jazziz), qualities that were further in evidence on the follow-up Ella’s Island. Though this balanced reeds-and-percussion musical unit functions democratically, special mention should be made of of its constituent members. Percussionist Warren Smith is among the music’s most esteemed and prolifically recorded artists, and saxophonist Joe McPhee is a hero in creative music; they have appeared on over 1000 recordings between them. Michael Marcus (whose 2001 Soul Note album inspired the name for the group) has distinguished himself in collaboration with a wide variety of musical legends including Albert King, Jaki Byard, and Sonny Simmons. Drummer Jay Rosen ties it all together through his longtime affiliations with both Marcus in the Cosmosamatic and McPhee in TrioX as well his work with legendary experimentalists including Anthony Braxton and Charles Gayle.
J.D. Parran N’ the Spirit
J.D. Parran, Andrew Drury, Alexis Marcelo, Sharif Kales
J.D. Parran plays all the saxophones (from soprano to bass), as well as multiple clarinets and flutes. His virtuosity, and his mastery over a number of extended techniques for these instruments, has made him a valued collaborator with Leroy Jenkins, Julius Hemphill, Anthony Braxton and others.
“JD represents the ideal performer of my music,” writes composer and pianist Anthony Davis. “He combines a profound understanding of the composer’s intention with an expressive individual voice that is both nuanced and dramatic.” He participated in St. Louis’ rich African-American music scene in the 1970s, working with the famed Black Artists’ Group and the Human Arts Ensemble, before moving to New York and collaborating with leading contemporary improvisers and composers such as Douglas Ewart, Derek Bailey and James Jabbo Ware, as well as with musicians including Stevie Wonder and John Lennon. He has appeared on over 45 recordings and released several albums as a leader, including J.D. Parran & Spirit Stage, (2005), Omegathorp: Living City (2005)and Window Spirits: Solo (2010).
Art Baron and the Psychacoustic Band
Art Baron, Matt Lavelle, Peter Apfelbaum, Ben Stapp, Newman Taylor Baker
Master trombonist Art Baron has led a long and varied career. After completing studies at Berklee College of Music, he made a notable appearance on Stevie Wonder’s Music of My Mind, and then joined the Duke Ellington Band at age 23. He went on to work with many major artists including Buddy Rich, Sam Rivers, Bruce Springsteen, and Lou Reed. As a composer and arranger, he has had commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Composers’ Orchestra. In recent years he has been found carrying on the big band legacy in the Harlem Blues and Jazz band and his own Duke’s Men. The Psychacoustic Band centers his legacy in the downtown scene.
Oluyemi Thomas & Ijeoma Thomas
“Positive Knowledge” is a performance duo that features multi-instrumentalist Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet, saxophones and percussion) and Ijeoma Thomas (voice and percussion). Their compositions emerge from a long, intense, and ongoing involvement with American improvisational and jazz traditions, as reconfigured through their participation in the musical life of other cultures. Both performers have undertaken extended musical travels, in sub-Saharan and northern Africa, the Middle East, and South America, as well as Europe and North America. For many listeners, their performances themselves resemble a journey, though not to any known places. The works of “Positive Knowledge” undertake an ecstatic quest of the spirit, seeking the uncommon sounds of sense, correspondence, and borderless harmony.
Jessica Pavone Solo
As both an instrumentalist and composer, violist Jessica Pavone explores the tactile and sensory experience of music as a vibration-based medium. Pavone has been a composer in residence at Loghaven, Stove Works, the Ragdale Foundation, Ucross Foundation, and Soaring Gardens, and has received grants and commissions from the NYFA NYC Womens Fund (2023), MATA Festival (2023), Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2021), Queens Council on the Arts (2022, 2020), New Music USA (2015), the Tri-Centric Foundation (2015), Experiments in Opera (2013), and the Jerome Foundation (2011). Her works have premiered in NYC venues, including; Roulette, the Noguchi Museum, ISSUE Project Room, Abrons Art Center, the Museum of Art and Design, and The Kitchen. Her albums have been produced by Tzadik, Taiga Records, Thirsty Ear, Astral Spirits, and Relative Pitch, including four collaborative duo recordings with guitarist Mary Halvorson. From 2005 to 2012, Pavone toured regularly with Anthony Braxton’s Sextet and 12+1tet, and she appears on his discography from that time.
St Louis-born Drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader and music educator Ronnie Burrage has a style drawn most notably from the musical genres of “jazz”, “funk” and “soul”. After an active musical childhood and studies at the University of North Texas, he moved to New York City at age 17 and began playing with jazz musicians similarly rooted in St Louis–John Hicks, Hamiet Bluiett, and Lester and Joseph Bowie. With the latter he was a founding member of Defunkt. Sideman work with greats like Sonny Fortune, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, and Jackie McLean informed his own style as a leader, beginning with the Burrage Band which featured notables Kenny Kirkland, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney and Wynton and Branford Marsalis. For this performance he and bassist Nimrod Speaks collaborates with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, in response to Mary Mattingly’s Ebb of a Spring Tide.
Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. She created her own company, Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home in 2005 called Green Space. Green Space serves the dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances. To date Ms. Green has created 42 dances and 11 evening length works. Her choreography has been seen throughout NYC and has also toured to various venues throughout the US. Internationally she has taught and performed in Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sweden. As a teacher, Green leads movement workshops for all populations rooted in the philosophy that all bodies can benefit from dance, fostering creativity and physicality beyond the stage. Valerie’s choreographic work and teaching style is influenced by her formative years working with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, certification in Body/Mind Fitness, Core Energetics (Somatic Psychology) and her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world.
Support for Lotic Time
Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
About the Exhibition
Ebb of a Spring Tide is an exhibition of new sculptural works by Mary Mattingly exploring our relationship to coastal ecosystems and the shifting nature of rivers and water lines. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 20 – September 10, 2023.
Ebb of a Spring Tide features a 65-foot living sculpture titled Water Clock that is fabricated on-site in response to the Park’s unique waterfront location along the East River – the place where the edges of land and water meet, the riparian zone. This monumental, scaffold structure includes edible vegetation and mirrors the cityscape across the East River, reflecting on our human impact to New York City’s riparian edge. The clock’s pulse is kept by East River water moving through the tubes, a reminder of a life support system and the delicate balance of coastal ecosystems.
Image: Scott Lynch