Sat, Oct 14|
ACTUAL/ACTUAL & 52ND STREET PLANETARY ENSEMBLE
People's Music Supply's 52nd Street Planetary Ensemble opens up the evening. Thomas Patteson on Alto Sax, Ryoko Ohara on Alto Sax, Ihba Baskette on Tenor Sax and reeds, Anthony Bayne Senior on Tenor Sax, Sequoyah Leaf on Clarinet, Heather Gardner on violin/viola, Chip Swartz on percussion and Max
Time & Location
Oct 14, 2023, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Philadelphia, 607 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
About the event
Rent Romus is an Emmy award winning saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, music producer, and community activist. Since 1988, his work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer Frank Rubolino. He leads the Lords of Outland a free improvisation unit, the Life’s Blood Ensemble a composition based contemporary group, and the Otherworld Ensemble a Finnish/American collective exploring new perspectives in heritage and traditional folk. He has recorded over 50 albums exploring a wide variety of musical settings which have included beat poet founder ruth weiss, and creative music pioneers Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, and Vinny Golia, Teppo Hauta-aho, Heikki Koskinen, Thollem McDonas, Stefan Pasborg, Marcos Fernandez, and Ernesto Diaz-Infante to name a few. He is the founder of Edgetone Records a community driven label with over 30 years of independent music production, and the creator of Outsound Presents, an all-volunteer musician run non-profit music presenting organization since 2000. His main instrument is the alto saxophone doubling on c-melody, soprano, sopranino saxophones, various flutes and small percussion. His interests cross both genre and music notation styles from freeimprovisation to composition and graphic score. In addition to a background in jazz he is well versed in experimental, noise, drone, blues, rock, and traditional folk music forms.
Actual/Actual (Rent Romus - alto saxophone, Gerard Cox - keyboards, Josh Strange -vibraphone, trumpet and Troy Kunkler - drums) showcases improvised music with a blues music orientation at the core while keeping to a broad outlook towards “spontaneous composition”. Their wide swath takes in swing, Latin music, fusion, doom rock, reggae, punk, and many other musical elements. It's all “grist for the mill” as they create a new context for these elements where improbable connections are made and things happen when you least expect them to. Romus originally hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has made it a point to engage and collaborate with musicians from the region. This band represents recent “talent reconnaissance” and is truly a multi-generational affair.
The 52nd Street Planetary Ensemble is a rotating cast of musical characters united by their dedication to the joyful practice of collective improvisation. Grounded in weekly workshop sessions at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia, they channel influences from jazz, experimental, and world music traditions into a never-ending exploration of creative freedom. The Ensemble includes: Thomas Patteson on Alto Sax, Ryoko Ohara on Alto Sax, Ihba Baskette on Tenor Sax and reeds, Anthony Bayne Senior on Tenor Sax, Sequoyah Leaf on Clarinet, Heather Gardner on violin/viola, Chip Swartz on percussion and Max Glazier on Percussion.