Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson at PACA. 1505 State St.
Sun., Sept. 25 8:00 p.m.

Mary HalvorsonPACA continues its exciting practice of bring top-level adventurous musical groups to Erie!

On Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. PACA will present bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson. 

Admission donation will be $10, but addition donations will be welcome. 

Halvorson has become a leading figure on the international avant garde jazz scene.  She and Crump have been performing as a duo since 2011 and recently released the album "Super 8" (Inrakt Records, 2013.)  Get a taste of their open-ended ideas in a performance at the Cornelia St. Cafe in New York City (below).

Stephan CrumpReviews:

“A laboratory for two of the most inventive string players
working today...luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with
architectural savvy...”
—Jim Macnie / Village Voice

“Almost unbelievable communication… so magical and breathtaking that a patient and open-eared listener should find it… irresistible.”

“An incomparable engagement that soars above similar settings or frameworks set forth by others.”

“Two very sensitive and thoughtful musicians homing in on the
moment’s razor edge… and creating a compelling body of music in the process.”
—Nashville Scene

“The sound of two musical personalities getting to know each
other… an almost voyeuristic pleasure.”

“A power of an empathetic two to suggest a larger, third entity
underscores the enlightened free-play between rugged bassist
Stephan Crump and innovative guitarist Mary Halvorson.” ****

William Parker, Solo Performance
Dec. 11 -- PACA, 1505 State St.

William ParkerLegendary upright bassist William Parker will present a solo performance at PACA, 1505 State St. on Sunday, December 11.  Time TBA.

Born in the Bronx, NYC,Parker did not study formally in the classical tradition, though he took lessons with bassist Jimmy Garrison and Richard Davis, both classically trained musicians.  He has been a leader in the development of "extended techniques" -- finding innovative ways to make unusual sounds on his instrument.  This has been a particularly active area of development for bass players, because the instrument with its great range, long pliable strings, open multi-toned surfaces, and percussive sound.  Parker also supplements his music with a variety of other instruments, including the West African kora.


Parker has been active on the jazz scene since the early 1970's, coming to prominence through his work with pianist Cecil Taylor, and as a member of David S. Ware's Quartet and Peter Brotzmann's groups -- all highly regarded NYC avant garde ensembles.

He is a member of the cooperative organization Other Dimensions in Music, and together with his wife, Patricia Nicholson, organizes the annual Vision Festival in NYC,

Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra Sat., Sept.17, 3 - 6 p.m.

The Lawrence Park Historical Society is having a celebration on Saturday 9/17/16 from 10am until 6pm in recognition of the Incorporation of Lawrence Park in 1926.  

Allen Zurcher, Presque Isle Jazz OrchestraJoining us in our celebration will be the Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra from 3:00-6:00pm.  The concert will be at the UE 506 (United Electrical Workers Union Hall) at 3923 Main Street, Erie, 16511.  The Hall is 3+ blocks west of Iriquois on Main St. in Lawrence Park.

ADMISSION: $5 with purchase of button. 12 and under free. 

 The Event hall will also feature Food for purchase catered by the Lavender Rabbit and $1 Root Beer.

Keith Jarrett Standards Trio

Just a reminder of one of the great piano trios.  Keith Jarrett -- piano, Gary Peacock -- bass, Jack DeJohnette -- drums.