GEORGE CREMASCHI Bassist, Improviser, Composer based in Czech Republic to Perform at UA January 17th
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series is pleased to present Czech Republic-based bassist, improviser and composer George Cremaschi on Thursday, January 17th at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street,Tuscaloosa AL. Cremaschi will perform a solo set of original compositions and improvisations for acoustic bass and electronics. The second half of the concert will feature the world premiere trio of Cremaschi, and UA’s own Dr. Tim Feeney (percussion) and Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar (soprano saxophone).
George Cremaschi was born in New York City, where he studied music and composition. Utilizing mostly contrabass and electronics, his work attempts to dissolve the boundaries between music, sound art, and noise.
Mr. Cremaschi has made music for dancers, improvisers, installation artists, poets, film, folk musicians, theater groups, orchestras, rock bands and pop divas, and has worked with a long list of fantastic artists including Nicolas Collins, Evan Parker, Franz Hautzinger, Gino Robair, Christof Kurzmann, dieb13, Mats Gustafsson, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.
As an interpreter, Cremaschi has performed works by major composers including Morton Feldman, James Tenney, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Louis Andriessen, and has appeared on over 30 recordings on the Apestaartje, Evolving Ear, Black Saint, Leo, Beak Doctor, Emanem, Rastascan, Music & Arts, Nine Winds and 482 Music labels. He currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
“[Cremaschi] mistreated his instrument with plastic knives, chopsticks and other items, he elicits incredible sounds, pulls the strings and nerves with his unusual view of music. He walks around with his bass as did hardcore icons Black Flag with their guitars: the squeal of feedback and brute force is released, the master is breathing hard, playing staccato riffs. More relaxed pieces experiment with industrial sounds and disconcerting noise collages.” -- Markus Wittpenn, Leipziger Volkszeitung.
Sonic Frontiers is a cutting-edge concert series that brings further artistic diversity to the UA campus and invites creative exchange between world-class performers of adventurous music, students, and the greater community through public performances and discussions. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative and Capstone International. For more information call 205.348.9928 or visit: http://creativecampus.ua.edu/project/sonic-frontiers
George Cremaschi performs Thursday, January 17, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street,Tuscaloosa AL. Admission is Free.