Archive for July, 2009

Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone – August 1st

Posted in Events on July 28, 2009 by metropolisunderground


Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone have collectively been featured in The New York Times, Jazz Review, The Wire, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, The New York Press, Jazztimes, All About Jazz, BBC and Downbeat. From the collaborative minds and nimble fingers of Mary Halvorson (Guitar, Vocals) and Jessica Pavone (Viola, Vocals) come a minimalist rendering of emotions and themes, performed with stark clarity and introspection. Touring in support of their new Thirsty Ear CD Thin Air: “Thin Air” is a presentation involving their vast talents as musicians, vocalists and poets. Their lyrics borrow from themes relating to everything from human relationships and travelling to more abstract and intangible elements. These melodies are offered in a sparse yet effervescent style that make the listener feel as though they are sitting right next to them, much like an impromptu coffeehouse performance. Both intimate and forward thinking, this release is a true example of the power of thought, through a unique blending of avant folk with jazz underpinnings.

$5-$10 donation

Show starts at 8pm

Also performing: Words For Snow, The Human

The Deep End Ensemble Poster

Posted in Events on July 6, 2009 by metropolisunderground

DEEPEND DONEPoster by Chuck Bell

The Deep End Ensemble – July 11th 2009

Posted in Events on July 4, 2009 by metropolisunderground


The Deep End Ensemble – July 11th @ 8pm

Ian Ash is the director and author of “The Deep End Ensemble.” He utilizes a variety of mallet instruments to compose organic jazz music. His music is interwoven with international rhythms, international harmony, 21st century counterpoint, polyphonic textures, exotic themes, American Jazz theory, eclectic improvisation structures, and spontaneous experimentation. The Deep End Ensemble features Bruce Eisenbeil (CIMP recording artist, co-leader of Carnival Skin) on guitars, and Wilbo Wright (Yo La Tengo, Car music project) on Double Bass. The Deep End Ensemble has performed at The Rotunda (@ University of Pennsylvania), The Manhattan Room, and Saint Lukes Church performing series (@ University of Pennsylvania), Connexions Gallery (Easton, PA), Hotcakes gallery in Milwaukee, Nick Utrie’s Small house theater in Green Bay, WI., The Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis, Brown Rice in Chicago, Kerry Town Concert House in Ann Arbor, Garfield Arts in Pittsburgh, Fearless Radio in Chicago, 2008 Boise, Idaho experimental music festival, 2008 Sonic Circuits Music Festival in Washington, DC, and 2008 Chicago Calling Arts Festival. Ian Ash has played percussion with innovative guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, blues man Sonny Rhodes, saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Sun Ra guitarist Dave Middleton, bassist Christian McBride, trombonist Bill Watrous, violinist John Blake, and Mingus Big Band drummer Jonathan Blake.

$5-$10 Doantion