Anna Webber - Binary


CD Release Concerts • November 3 at Sound it Out Series, Greenwich House, NYC • November 4 at Dimensions in Jazz, Portland, ME • November 5 at Lilypad Inman, Cambridge, MA


New York-based composer, saxophonist, and flutist Anna Webber, called “one of the most exciting new arrivals on the New York avant-garde jazz scene” by Peter Margasak in the Chicago Reader (2014), releases Binary with her band the SIMPLE Trio, featuring John Hollenbeck on drums and Matt Mitchell on piano. 

Webber's intention in her work is to blur the line between composed and improvised material, creating frameworks for improvisation that will challenge the musicians to expand outside the realm of what they normally play. She is committed to experimenting with the jazz form, pushing her to challenge conventions as well as her own impulses as an artist. Although Webber situates herself in the jazz world, her compositional approach is as greatly influenced by jazz music as it is by new music composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Györgi Ligeti, and Gérard Grisey. 

Binary finds the SIMPLE Trio expanding and building on what The New York Times called the “range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation” in songs that feel like living things and lead the audience in different directions on each listen. Binary is yet another example of the trio’s ability to combine “a huge sound, big ideas and disarming humor into an engagingly avant-garde approach that promises to continue to gain wider recognition,” (Style Weekly, 2016).

All compositions © Anna Webber 2016 SOCAN/ASCAP

Anna Webber - tenor saxophone, flute

Matt Mitchell – piano

John Hollenbeck – drums

Recorded by Jean Szymczak and Christian Bader on May 30-31, 2016 at Studio P4 in Berlin, Germany

Produced by Anna Webber

Edited by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace

Mixed by Joseph Branciforte

Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering

Designed by karlssonwilker

This album was made possible by the generous support of the Shifting Foundation.

Rectangles 2, Impulse Purchase, Rectangles 3a, Rectangles 1b, Underhelmed, Tug o' War, Rectangles 3b, Binary, Meme, Disintegratiate, Rectangles 3c, Rectangles 1a