Music & Events

PACA, Thurs., Sept. 18 7:30 p.m.

Maztthew Shipp DuoPACA, 1505 State St., Erie

Doors open 7:00 p.m.  Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at the door.  Admission $10.  JazzErie members $5.

Bring Your Own Beverage, with ID. (21)

International free jazz star, pianist Matthew Ship returns to PACA with his bassist, Michael Bisio, a master of extended techniques, for an evening concert in the renovated PACA concert hall.  JazzErie is sponsoring this event,


Shipp has just this week released a new solo album, titled "I've Been To Many Places" (Relative Pitch Records), available at Amazon.  He has two earlier releases this year (the guy is prolific!): "The Root of Things" (also Relative Pitch Records) and "Piano Sutras: Thirsty Ear."  Three records last year, and his 2012 album, "Matthew Shipp Trio: Elastic Aspects," was also a gem.  The video below was from 2011.

Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio

Born in Wilmington, DE.  Started piano lessons at age 5.  Fell in love with jazz at age 12.  Moved to NYC at age 24 and quickly enterred the free jazz scene that in the David S. Ware Quartet and Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory band.

Musical heros included Bud Powell and Cecil Taylor.

Many recordings and an active concert schedule with stops coast to coast in the U.S. (NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, et., etc.) and internationally in London, Amsterddam, Munich, Portugal, Poland, etc.

Played with...

Shipp's credentials include concerts/recordings with a who's who of free jazz musicians, including David S. Ware, Rosscoe Mitchell, DJ SPooky, William Parker, the Joe Morris Ensemble, the Rob Brown Duo and many others.

Bassist Michael Bisio.

Shipp's sideman on this gig is no slouch either.  John Sharpe, in AllAboutJazz writes:

“In Bisio, whose resume boasts stints alongside multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and saxophone iconoclast Charles Gayle, Shipp has found the perfect foil: someone who can match him blow for blow in a blizzard of notes or spin off stirring tales at the drop of a hat, while continually providing expressive plangent counterpoint. “

Seattle-based, University of Washington graduate Bision has recorded both as a leader with ensembles playing his own compositions, and as a sideman.  Here's a sample of Shipp and Bisio's work together, in the Matthew Shipp Trio.

For a sample of "extended techniques" on bass, try the beginning section of the video below.



September 12, 2014