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.