BRIC JazzFest culminates in a three-night, three-stage live music marathon with overlapping sets by global legends, groundbreaking artists, and exciting newcomers to jazz. You can move freely among performances and catch as many artists as you like each night, as performances take place in the intimate jazz club-like Artist Studio, the expansive Stoop overlooking the Gallery, and the state-of-the-art Ballroom—all within BRIC House.
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3 will feature Joe Russo, Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman & Stuart Bogie: BOYFRIENDS, Kassa Overall, Louis Cole, Antonio Sanchez, Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret, Claudia Acuña, and Tia Fuller. Set times and more information about each performer are included below.
All tickets are General Admission: STANDING*
Joe Russo, Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman & Stuart Bogie: BOYFRIENDS
9:40-11:10PM - Ballroom
The primordial soup of the New York City experimental music scene is constantly bubbling up groupings to play one-off gigs and then float away never to be seen or heard from again. But every once in a while, when the chemistry is just right, a spark!, and a real band is formed. So it is with Boyfriends who, after barely a handful of performances, have captured the old improvisational spirit of the city, of the Wetlands, and the Knitting Factory, putting this-should-be-a-band smiles on the faces in their sold out audiences. Featuring Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Benevento/Russo Duo) and Ben Perowsky (John Scofield, John Medeski, Hadestown) on drums and percussion, multi-instrumentalist and producer Josh Kaufman (The National, Bob Weir), and Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, Antibalas) on woodwinds and keyboards, the quartet has collectively played with a who's-who across the jazz, rock, jam, and indie spectrum. They've synthesized their individual talents and experience on stages of all types into an imaginative sound that gets their audience's heads spinning and bodies moving in equal measure. With a pair of drummers who interact to create a surprisingly subtle and textured rhythm palette, Boyfriends is equally adept at ambient exploration as ecstatic-peak building. Watching these veterans interact, spontaneously create, marveling at their own music as much as the crowd does, well, that’s still a rare treat. So, if the opportunity to catch a Boyfriends set comes along, best to not let it float away because sparks like that don't happen all that often.
10-11PM - Artist Studio
While percussion is his main focus, Kassa Overall has a passion for electronic-based production and often incorporates the use of laptops and samplers into his music. Overall's debut album, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz earned rave reviews from The New York Times, Afropunk, WBGO, WNYC, KNKX, and Downbeat. "It’s one of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz to surface in recent years,” wrote Giovanni Russonello of The New York Times in January. Overall’s work ranges from jazz to hip hop, and indie-pop to avant-garde and he has made an impact on the indie-pop scene, serving as an integral part of Geri Allen’s Timeline band and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Scene, as well as touring with Francis and The Lights, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA, and Mayer Hawthorne and the County, among others. Overall graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) where he studied under jazz drum legend Billy Hart, and his mentors have included the late Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, and Tootie Heath. Hehas also performed or recorded with Vijay Iyer, Das Racist, Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Iron Solomon, Gordon Voidwell, and many more.
8-9:15PM - Ballroom
After graduating from the Jazz Studies program at the University of Southern CaliforniaThornton in 2009, Louis Cole formed Knower with Genevieve Artadi and quickly established a presence on YouTube with their videos of unique pop covers and original songs. The Los Angeles duo makes electronic funk-pop characterized by explosive grooves, colorful harmonies, female vocals and vast electro-acoustic soundscapes. Additional self-released solo and duo recordings, along with numerous videos, were scattered across the next few years and Cole established himself as a songwriter and collaborator for the likes of Seal, Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, and more. After opening for admirers the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017, Cole released his third solo album, Time, which was released on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in 2018.
9:20-10:35PM - Gallery
Mexican born and raised drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez, who became a naturalized American citizen in 2016, mixes the political and personal into his music. Last year’s Lines In The Sand, his follow-up to 2017’s remarkable Bad Hombre, is a passionate and eloquent statement from a superior artist and emerging social activist, featuring his band Migration—John Escreet on piano, Fender Rhodes, and Prophet Synthesizer; Matt Brewer on acoustic and electric bass; Thana Alexa on vocals and effects; and Chase Baird tenor saxophone and EWI. This approach to musical storytelling started when Sanchez worked on the score for 2014’s Birdman, which earned him a GRAMMY Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.
Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret
8:40-9:40PM - Artist Studio
The pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Myra Melford—whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement”—has spent the last three decades making brilliant original music that is equally challenging and engaging. Culling inspiration from a wide range of sources including Cecil Taylor, the blues and boogie-woogie of her native Chicago, the poetry of Rumi, the AACM, and yoga, she’s explored an array of formats, among them ruminative solo-piano recitals, deeply interactive combos and ambitious multidisciplinary programs. Melford’s most recent release, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12), by her quintet Snowy Egret, is an extraordinary document of her unique creative language—a seamless, shifting blend of composition and improvisation, and a probing of the space shared between dynamic small-group jazz and contemporary chamber music. Since debuting on record as a bandleader in 1990, she’s built a discography of more than 20 albums as a leader or co-leader, and has collaborated with such luminaries as Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Erik Friedlander, Ben Goldberg, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, Ron Miles, Nicole Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Speed, Stomu Takeishi, Cuong Vu, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
7:30-8:20PM - Artist Studio
More than a long-awaited new album, Chilean jazz vocalist Claudia Acuña’s Turning Pages is an exquisite reintroduction to a singer who has thrived at the cusp of jazz and Latin American music. The project captures an artist in the process of reinventing herself, with a program of strikingly melodic original songs expressing her singular vision. Featuring a stellar cast of collaborators, Acuña’s first new recording in a decade “not only picks up right where she left off but also expands her formidable skills to new creative heights.” (NPR) Born in Santiago and raised in Concepción, Acuña established herself on the Chilean jazz scene in her early 20s. When she arrived in New York City in 1995, Acuña quickly gained recognition as a leading voice on a scene rapidly being transformed by a wave of brilliant Latin American musicians. Part of the roiling scene centered on Small’s, she plunged into collaborations with masters such as Jason Lindner, Harry Whitaker, Arturo O'Farrill, Guillermo Klein, and bassist Avishai Cohen, who co-produced her critically hailed 2000 debut, Wind From the South (Verve). Her five albums as a leader established Acuña as a creative force, and whether putting her stamp on popular Latin American ballads, reimagining jazz standards from a South American perspective, or bringing infusing Afro-Caribbean material with a wide rhythmic sensibility, Acuña stands out as a passionate and emotionally incisive singer with a gleaming, burnished bronze tone.
7:45-9PM - Gallery
When GRAMMY Award-nominated recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more. Already established as a leading jazz musician, Fuller was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with GRAMMY Award-winning pop star Beyoncé (I AM … Sasha Fierce and the Beyoncé Experience World Tour), becoming a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience Live DVD and appearing on a number of major television shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, the BET Awards, American Music Awards, GRAMMY Awards, and as a featured soloist when Beyoncé performed for President Obama at the White House. An accomplished solo artist in her own right, Fuller has recorded five full-length projects with her quartet. Her most recent album, Diamond Cut, was produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington and received a GRAMMY Award nomination in the Best Instrumental Jazz category. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, both performing in countries and jazz fests around the world, including Angola, Croatia, South Africa, The Netherlands, Italy, Scotland, and the United States, as well as serving as a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
* BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. We can always accommodate wheelchair/mobility device accessible seating, please purchase your ticket(s) online, and call 718-683-5986 to give us notice.
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at nsmith@BRICartsmedia.org or 718.683.5986.
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