Radio K's Sound Grammar presents George Cartwright's "Pal"

October 6, 2014

Radio K’s Sound Grammar is pleased to present the premiere performance of saxophonist and composer George Cartwright’s newest group, Pal! This is creative music at its finest, so come out all you avant-humans! 

We first pitched the idea of doing a “George Cartwright celebration” to George in early August. We should have known he would decline. George is remarkably modest. Luckily, he had another suggestion. He want to put together a new band as a kind of improvised-music supergroup. We were thrilled. Performing in this group will be:

George Cartwright- Saxophones and Composition
George Cartwright came to prominence leading the seminal downtown band Curlew (through whose ranks came the likes of Tiom Cora, Fred Frith, and Bill Laswell). After more than a decade in New York, he made his way to Saint Paul (via Memphis) in 1999, and soon became one of the most talked-about figures on the local creative music scene.  

JT Bates- Drums
JT Bates is a cornerstone of the Twin Cities jazz scene. His weekly series, JT’s Jazz Implosion, consistently plays host to vital jazz artists from Minnesota and beyond. He is able to draw a constant pool of creative energy and contributes palpably and uniquely to every group he plays with.

Adam Linz - Bass
Adam Linz is the head of the jazz program at MacPhail. He has a long history with Cartwright, and can also be found playing with the Dave King Trucking Company, Fat Kid Wednesdays, and many others. 

Josh Granowski-Bass
Josh Granowski is a versatile bassist with a strong ear. His versatility is remarkable, from his free improvisation in Merciless Ghost to his noirish colorings in Bookhouse, a trio whose repertoire consists of experimental takes on the music of the hit ‘90s television series Twin Peaks.

Andrew Broder - Guitar and Vocals
Andrew Broder (Cloak Ox, Fog) is a multi-instrumentalist who performs variously on turntables, guitar, and vocals. With roots that span from hip hop to indie rock and jazz, Broder has a broad vision that yields amazing rewards throughout his catalogue.

Anne Elias - Text/Visuals
Anne Elias is a multimedia artist. A graduate of RISD, she has studied everything from modern dance to Japanese pottery, and allows these interests to organically inform her work.

This event is sponsored by Radio K and Radio K's jazz/improvised music specialty show, Sound Grammar

Radio K Meets Studio Z 
Sound Grammar Presents George Cartwright's Pal

Oct. 7, 2014
8 p.m. 

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul


Michael Garcia Remembers Eleanor Hovda

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A native Duluthian who returned in her adulthood to her home town, remembering and reflecting on Eleanor is an amazing task.  While small in stature, Eleanor lived life BIG and at a pace few could match.

Those who worked with her got to know her very well and feel the loss of her death and the privacy she put around herself at the end as a great challenge.  We have to learn to go on, accept that we knew her, that she knew us, that we will always think lovingly of one another but that for most ...

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Developing "If Tigers Were Clouds" with Eleanor Hovda

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This weekend, Zeitgeist will present the first concert of our 2014-2015 season. Included among many compelling musical selections will be If Tigers Were Clouds by Eleanor Hovda. Eleanor wrote If Tigers Were Clouds in collaboration with Zeitgeist in 1994, during a residency at the Fleisher Art Music in Philadelphia. 

Our work together was made possible through the Music in Motion program created by Joseph Franklin, then artistic director of the Relache New Music Ensemble. Music in Motion placed...

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Jeff Lambert's "From Afar, the Dragon Calls"

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Guitarist and composer Jeff Lambert has recently completed a brand new work written for Zeitgeist entitled From Afar, the Dragon Calls. The work will received its world premiere this weekend at Zeitgeist's season opener at Studio Z. We were delighted to chat with Jeff about his new piece and his work as a composer and performer. 

Tell us about the new piece you wrote for Zeitgeist. 

From Afar, the Dragon Calls is scored for soprano saxophone, piano and 2 percussion (marimba, cymbals, snare drum...

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Lisa Ragsdale's "September Skies"

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This Sunday, September 14, The University of Minnesota Wind Quintet will perform September Skies, a concert of works by Minneapolis composer Lisa Ragsdale. Lisa has composed works for mixed chorus as well as a variety of solo and chamber ensemble works for winds and brass, with a special emphasis on woodwinds. Sunday’s concert includes four premiere performances and the reprise of “In a Dark Time,” her second wind quintet. Lisa shares the inspiration behind these new works below. 


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Zeitgeist's 2014-15 Season

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Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2014-15 series of cabarets, performances and celebrations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown:

New Discoveries, Old Favorites
Oct. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Zeitgeist kicks off the 2014-15 season with the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. A concert of favorites both old and new, the season opener features the world premiere of From Afar, the Dragon Calls by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Lambert, new music by Joshua Harris ...

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Zeitgeist Announces Pianist Nicola Melville

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Zeitgeist is pleased to introduce the newest member of the ensemble, pianist Nicola Melville! Zeitgeist is delighted to welcome Nicola into the ensemble as they look ahead to a season of new music and new collaborations. Stay tuned for details about Zeitgeist’s 2014-2015 season to find out when you can meet Nicola and hear her perform! 

US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind” (Waikato Times), “a marvelous pian...

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Inuksuit: Clues for Listening

August 14, 2014

Zeitgeist and Caponi Art Park will team up to bring 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’ major work Inuksuit to the Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series on August 17. Before you go, Zeitgeist offers some background, insight, and clues for listening to and experiencing the work. 

is a 70-minute musical work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. Adams lived for decades in Alaska, and the seasons and landscape of the arctic infuse his creativ...

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Zeitgeist's Jazz Commissions at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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Known for their 35+ year history as an acclaimed new music ensemble, Zeitgeist is always eager to explore new artistic frontiers and is dedicated to the creation and production of new and diverse music. This year, Zeitgeist has commissioned four new works from local jazz artists Chris Bates, Steve Kenny, Zacc Harris and Davu Seru to be premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The ensemble is collaborating with each of the artists this week in rehearsals and will welcome them to the st...

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Spitting Image Collective Concert Preview

June 4, 2014

Spitting Image, a brand new composer collective in the Twin Cities, will make their debut this weekend with their The Hear and Now concerts at Studio Z in Lowertown St. Paul and Honey in Northeast Minneapolis.

Spitting Image was formed in 2013 by composers Katherine Bergman, Ted Moore and Daniel Nass with a mission of bringing together composers, performers, and listeners in order to strengthen the Minneapolis/St. Paul new music community. Their work includes commissioning new work from local ...

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