July 6, at 7:00 p.m., Sunday evening concerts presented by Open Gate Theatre, at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
Next Andrea Centazzo – percussion Charles Sharp – winds Jeff Schwartz – bass
Algoco Duane Allen – guitar Dave Goldberg - sax Alan Cook - drums
Highly accomplished, internationally celebrated, and uniquely multitalented percussionist-composer Andrea Centazzo, although he lives most of the time in Southern California these days, rarely performs in the L.A. area, his musical ventures more commonly being offered through performances in far-flung locations all over the globe. A compelling soloist, bandleader (sometimes of large ensembles), and composer who often employs a huge array of metal percussion instruments and drums along with electronics, frequently to create ambitious multimedia presentations, Centazzo is also a veteran collaborator, having combined musical forces with the likes of John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Derek Bailey, Albert Mangelsdorff, Henry Kaiser, Don Preston, Gianluigi Trovesi, and countless others. He has made almost three decades of his recorded work consistently available via his own label, Ictus. For this concert, his first for Open Gate Theatre’s monthly concert series, Centazzo will don his collaborator hat as he embarks on a musical journey with two of the L.A. area’s most dedicated and accomplished New Music-makers, saxophonist-clarinetist Charles Sharp and bassist Jeff Schwartz, both of whom have appeared in a number of sonic settings at the Center for the Arts over the years, as a trio under the moniker Next. Open, adventurous, sonorous, and spirited, hearing what comes and becomes Next is bound to prove a musically memorable experience.
Opening the concert will be another trio, this one featuring three highly accomplished local players, guitarist Duane Allen, saxophonist Dave Goldberg, and drummer-percussionist Alan Cook, whose last name fragments combine to comprise the name of this trio, Algoco. Using original compositions as well as those by significant others as springboards for probing, flowing, and driving improvisations, the group both honors and furthers the legacy of creative jazz music with its attention to color, melody, and energy. Creative and accessibly adventurous music is indeed alive and well in the Southland! (text by Alex Cline)