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Thu, Jan 18


The Rotunda

Cutting Ceremony with Matt Lavelle (Demo Release)

Join Cutting Ceremony and Matt Lavelle at The Rotunda in a first-look at Cutting Ceremony's debut record. A limited number of demo CD's will be available for purchase. Tracy Lisk- Percussion Abram Mamet- Horn Pete Dennis- Contrabass Matt Lavelle- Brasses and Clarinets

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Cutting Ceremony with Matt Lavelle (Demo Release)
Cutting Ceremony with Matt Lavelle (Demo Release)

Time & Location

Jan 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Rotunda , 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

About the event

Join  Cutting Ceremony and Matt Lavelle at The Rotunda in a first-look at  Cutting Ceremony's debut record. A limited number of demo CD's will be  available for purchase.

The Rotunda is located at 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA.

Doors will open at 7pm, $15 suggested donation.

About the musicians:

Cutting Ceremony is a new improvised music trio. The members are:

-----  Pete Dennis (they/he), a musician, improviser, composer, visual artist,  and teacher. Living in West Philadelphia, Dennis is inspired by their  beautiful community and the future. Other ever present inspirations  include William Parker, the works of Octavia E. Butler, their partner  Abigail, and the knowledge that all vibrations carry the potential to  transmit the truths of life and death. Dennis’s recorded creations are  released using the project name Search for the Infinite Light and  include but are not limited to: Killing a Dixie Hummingbird (2019),  World’s End Welcoming Committee (2021), and pastē (2022). They believe  that sound is the foundation of healing and would like to acknowledge  all master improvisers of the past, present, and future;

-----  Tracy Lisk (she/her), a percussionist who mainly performs on drum set,  based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Lisk’s history as a painter and  background in Brazilian percussion inform the substance of her  improvisations which contain references to rhythmic structures while  maintaining a fluid, suspended continuity. She has collaborated with  William Parker, saxophonist Gary Hassay, Andrea Pensado, dancer Ryuzo  Fukuhara (JP, SI), and Mia Zabelka (AU), cellist Helena Espvall (PT),  among others;

-----  and Abe Mamet (he/him), a French horn player from Denver, Colorado and  living in Mt. Rainier, MD. Abe's main artistic motive as a composer and  instrumentalist is to use considered composition and rigorously  practiced improvisation to more honestly ground himself, his fellow  musicians, and his audiences within the spaces they occupy daily. Abe is  further interested in expanding the use of the French horn in  groove-oriented improvised music (aligned with and informed by  jazz/creative music/BAM), and expanding the technical and theoretical  limitations of that instrument.

Cutting  Ceremony is honored to perform alongside Matt Lavelle. A  forward-thinking trumpeter and odd clarinet specialist, Lavelle has  earned a high reputation as a gifted soloist with a bent toward  adventurous free jazz. Initially emerging on the New York jazz scene in  the early 2000’s, Lavelle studied with Ornette Coleman prior to the  legendary saxophonist’s death, and played with artists like Sabir  Mateen, William Parker, Jemeel Moondoc, Bern Nix, William Hooker, and  Giuseppi Logan. His own albums showcase his inventive sound, influenced  by the ‘60s avant-garde as well as more contemporary idioms. Lavelle is  also a visual artist and a writer and is working to find ways to combine  all three practices.

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