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Tin/Bag – January 14th – 2010

Posted in Events on January 8, 2010 by metropolisunderground

Tin/Bag

The first show of the new year!

Tin/Bag & Words For Snow

January 14th @ 8pm

$5-$10 Donation

http://www.kristiner.com/tinbag

TIN/BAG, the bi-coastal duo of  trumpeter Kris Tiner (LA) and  guitarist Mike Baggetta (NYC) deals with a music that is spare,  ethereal, and highly exploratory, “clearly cut from cloth that hasn’t been designed yet…” (­Improvijazzation Nation). Both are among a generation  of young creative musicians contributing original new  music and pushing a re-examination of the roles and possibilities  of their instruments. Tiner and Baggetta have extensively toured the  United States presenting their original duo compositions  and improvisations. Their two previously issued CDs, “There, Just as You Look For It” – issued on pfMentum – and “And Begin Again” – issued on Evander Music – have been met with high praise by both critics and audience members alike.

Kris Tiner is active on the West Coast as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as “extraordinarily inventive” by Signal to Noise magazine, Cadence Magazine calls him “a really compelling voice,” and LA Weekly jazz critic Greg Burk claims, “Trumpeter Kris Tiner can turned barbed wire into beauty.” He has performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and in Europe and West Africa.  He has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America’s French-American Jazz Exchange, the International Association for Jazz
Education (IAJE), and the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ahead program. Among the many notable musicians he has performed and/or recorded with are Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Donald Robinson, Gerry Hemingway, Nels Cline, Mary Oliver, Ken Filiano, Kraig Grady, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jeff Kaiser,  Motoko Honda, Harris Eisenstadt, and Lukas Ligeti.  His group,The Empty Cage Quartet, issued their latest CD on the Clean Feed label with a second to be issued on Clean Feed soon.

Guitarist Mike Baggetta is one of his generations most original jazz improvisors and composers.  He has performed and/or recorded with Tom Harrell, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Adam Kolker, Lukas Ligeti, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, George Schuller, Jeff Hirshfield, Tony Reedus, Steve LaSpina, Jamie Baum, Bill McHenry, Nate Wooley, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ruth Brown among many others.  It has been said that his performances are “totally compelling” (Jazz Journal – UK), “his melodic sense is truly beautiful” (Jazzreview. com) and that “each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities” (The Hartford Courant). Mike Baggetta recently received an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his compositional talent, and the first album of his works for the Mike Baggetta Quartet – “Small Spaces” – has recently been released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label.  Mike currently lives in New York City and is an endorsing artist for D’Addario Strings and Evans Custom Amplifiers.

“Radiant… there’s an open, intensely emotional quality to the duo’s
playing… spare, haunting, with hints of modernist avant garde gestures.”
-Andy Hamilton, The Wire (UK)

“Excellent… trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta explore
abstract yet jazz-derived realms of expansive lyricism and liquid melody.”
-Time Out New York

“Careful listening is always evident as the two play off of each  other, whether shadowing lines or counterbalancing densities  and textures of the freely evolving pieces… What stands  out is the tension the two create as they shape the improvisational  forms with the juxtaposition of raw extended technique  and resonating tones and hanging harmonics… the two  maintain a taut, insightful approach to duet interaction.”
­- Michael Rosenstein, Cadence  Magazine

“There  is a strong balance of written and free sections, intricately  put together… both players are well matched, listening  and responding quickly and creatively.”
– ­Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery NYC

Words For Snow features Mike ((P)) & Scott Oliver w/Special Guests Steven Cerio & John Bateman.

Happy New Year!

Posted in News on January 8, 2010 by metropolisunderground

Thanks to everyone that supported Metropolis Underground over the last year! We had some amazing shows over the years and 2010 won’t be any different.

Happy New Year!

Mike ((P)) – Metropolis Underground