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Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways
Sept 15th 3pm Walker Recital Hall Mercyhurst University
Suggested Donation
$15 General Admission
$10 JazzErie Members
FREE students with student ID
Hello jazz fans!  JazzErie is excited to bring Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways to Erie for what is sure to be a memorable concert.  Mara is an amazingly talented musician and bandleader who has been praised as “a whole hearted poet of the piano”.  Her most current ensemble, Flyways, consists of Mara on piano, Amais Maviel on voice and surdo drum, and Sean Conly on bass.  As you will read in there bios below they are all equally talented and renowned in their own right.  Here is some more information about all the band members. We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate the great art form of jazz!
About Mara Rosenbloom & Flyways:
Over the past decade, Rosenbloom’s intent to compose structures that foster connection
& inspire creativity has made powerful group synergy a hallmark of her sound. The New
York Times has praised Rosenbloom’s penchant for “full-bore group improvising,”
while The Chicago Reader has noted that her trio “achieves an elusive chemistry and
degree of spontaneous interaction that transcends mental boundaries.”
Rosenbloom's newest ensemble, Flyways, features 2019 Van Lier Fellowship winner
Anaïs Maviel (voice & surdo drum) & in demand bassist Sean Conly. The group's
premier work, "I know what I dreamed" sets the text of one of Adrienne Rich's 21 Love
Poems to melody, and extends it into an exploratory set length work, balancing composed
narrative within a dynamic level of improvisation. Adrienne Rich had a vision of a
society where no human dominates another, and also a rich and complex awareness of
what it means to inhabit, express, and sustain love; in expression of this work, the music
flows from concentrated lyricism to the uninhibited sounds of the moment.
Speaking of the ensemble Rosenbloom says, “What does it take for us to connect? Person
to person, person to community, group to group; this has been a focus of my work for
many years now - and Rich’s words were a natural fit for this project - poignant and wise.
In music, we may find & create space for honest expression, for courage - but too, a place
to listen with compassion, a place to be heard, and a place to hear others. Flyways are the
migratory patterns of birds - the cycles flocks traverse year after year. Humans make their
rounds too - but are we cognizant of how we’re moving together?”

Pianist, composer, & bandleader Mara Rosenbloom has been called “a whole hearted
poet of the piano,” – she is a builder & a synthesist; a fiercely lyrical composer &
improviser (All About Jazz).
Originally from Wisconsin, but currently rooted in Brooklyn, NY, Rosenbloom has spent
the past decade creating a distinctive body of work, establishing herself as a vibrant and
respected part of the city’s diverse network of jazz & improvised music communities.
Prior to her work with Flyways, Rosenbloom released her debut trio album Prairie Burn
(Fresh Sound/New Talent) with bassist Sean Conly & drummer Chad Taylor. Following
its release The New York Times cast a spotlight on Rosenbloom (read full article
here), heralding Prairie Burn as a “…a trio recording of bristling provocation and
full-bore group improvising…her strongest statement as a bandleader and her most
dauntless effort as a pianist.” The album received a rare 4.5 stars from Downbeat
Magazine, earning it a spot on the Magazine’s Best Albums of 2017 list. New York
Music Daily praised the album as “"[Rosenbloom's] quantum leap into greatness. An
absolutely feral, largely improvisational suite...unbridled ferocity and a remarkable
chemistry.” Since then, Rosenbloom has performed her work at Jazz at Lincoln Center,
performing to a sold out house at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca-Cola, been featured on NYC’s
premiere jazz radio station WBGO, and profiled in Chamber Music America Magazine.
Beyond her current projects as a leader, Rosenbloom recently recorded the music of
William Parker on a new album of his compositions to be released in 2019 & performed
his tribute Blue Lime Light for Cecil Taylor, at Taylor's Memorial Concert in December,
2018. Rosenbloom is also a member of Iconoclast American Jazz Drummer William
Hooker's Quartet MOON (feat: Jon Irabagon/Adam Lane), Dawn Drake's global
funk ensemble ZapOte, which recently returned from a 10 day International US
Embassy Tour of Belize (performing workshops for children with special needs,
community concerts, and outreach & exchange with local musicians), and continues to
perform with a variety of musicians across genres, including Cooper-Moore, William
Parker, Nioka Workman, Sam Newsome, Michael Wimberly, Vinny Golia, Ken Filiano,
Ava Mendoza, Rosa Avila, Gerald Cleaver, Ras Moshe, Jeff Davis, Billy Mintz, Daniel
Carter, and Anais Maviel. Her mentors at the piano include the incomparable Cooper-
Moore, and the late great Connie Crothers.
Sean Conly is a bassist (electric/contrabass) and composer whose love and affection for a
huge spectrum of the world’s musics have made him an extremely versatile performer. As
a player and a writer, Sean is constantly looking for ways to mix the traditional with the
new, in an never ending journey to mix melody harmony rhythm and sound into a unique
artistic voice.
Born in Gunnison Colorado, raised in Topeka Kansas, he has been obsessed with music
for his entire life. At age six Sean began playing guitar and writing songs trying to
emulate the music his parents loved such as the Beatles, The Doors and Harry Nilsson. In
school band Sean played percussion but as his teen years began and he wanted to start a
band he picked up the electric bass. "My grandmother bought me a bass for Christmas
when I was thirteen. It came with a Mel Bay method book which I stayed up most of the
night devouring and then the next morning I went to a band tryout ." Within A few
months Sean started to play around town. For the rest of his teens he played in numerous
bands performing in venues across the Midwest. Sean was already a voracious listener
and was spending many nights glued to the radio discovering any and all kinds of music.
Punk funk rock metal r/b and many more styles were all in constant rotation. Eventually
It was thru these nighttime binges that he became more and more attracted to jazz and
improvised music from such artists as Charle Mingus The Revolutionary Ensemble and
Ornette Coleman and Jaco Pastorius. After high school, Sean moved to Kansas City to
attend the UMKC Conservatory of Music where he began to study the Contrabass, but his
real education happened on the bandstand with local legends such as Ahmad Alaadeen,
Tim (Timbone) Williams, Jay McShann, Claude “fiddler” Williams Rich Hill, Norman
"Bishop" Williams, Horace Washington and many others.
Studying in the days and working 4 or 5 nights a week helped him solidify his playing,
He also started to write and arrange music for his own groups, and for the university's
jazz orchestra and for mentor Ahmad Alaadeen. Kansas City had a lot to offer but Sean
had always had his eyes set on moving to New York City, so in an attempt to learn more
and to bridge the gap between NYC and KC, he moved to Paterson New Jersey to study
under Rufus Reid at William Paterson University.
A year later he moved to Manhattan, where he has resided ever since. Since then he has
gone on to tour the world and/or record with a diverse list of artists such as Gregory
Tardy, Freddie Hubbard, Regina Carter, Ray Barretto, Charles Blenzig, Michael Franks,
Tom Harrell, Andrew Hill, Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris, Yoron Israel, Eric Lewis,
Deidre Murray, John Mcneil, Timucin Sahin, James Moody , Mike Stern, Rick Margitza,
Michael Attias, Tony Malaby , Myron Walden, Phillip Harper, Russ Lossing, Anthony
Coleman, Avishai Cohen (trpt), Ayelet Rose Gottleib, Vana Gehrig Trio, Darius Jones,
Ken Vandermark/Steve Swell Quartet, The Newport Millenium Celebration (with Cedar
Walton, Randy Brecker, Howard Alden, Lou Tobackin), Francisco Mela, Paula West, Joe
Fiedler’s “Stunt Chicken”, Iranian singer/songwriter Mohsen Namjoo Mara
Rosenbloom,and many others.
As a band leader or co/ leader he has performed with several stellar groups over the years
starting with The Invisibles featuring Ben Monder, Tony Malaby, John OGalliger and
Tony Moreno, Re:Action with Michaël Attias Tony Malaby and Pheeroan Aklaff,
Grassroots with Darius Jones, Chad Taylor and Alex Harding, High Low Brow with Mike
Pride and Mary Halvorson, Think Shadow with Michael Attias and also as a solo
performer. Recently He has unveiled a new piano trio , The True North Project, featuring
Tom Rainey and Kris Davis. In May 2018 Cleanfeed released ”Hard Knocks” featuring
saxophonist Michaël Attias and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. In June 2019 “Live at The
Bushwick Series featuring Tom Rainey and Michaël Attias. He also performs solo.
Sean is also an in demand Teacher. He has given clinics on four continents and since
2009 has been on the faculty of The Collective School of Music ( In
2017 He was chosen as the recipient educator in The Alaadeen Jazz Master/Apprentice
program and in 2018 was an Judge at the Notre Dame Jazz Fest.
Anaïs Maviel is a vocalist, percussionist, composer, music director, and community
facilitator. Her work focuses on the function of music as essential to settling common
grounds, addressing Relation, and creating a utopian future. Inspired by Edouard
Glissant’s reflections on Creolization, she has associated her practice with the inextricable
currents that move spaces and people between times and lands. The contemporary context
of re-formulation of self, reality and social structures led her to question the use of
language, and to explore its vibratory essence in music. Involved at the crossroads of
mediums – music, visual art, dance, theater and performance art – she has been an indemand
creative force for artists such as William Parker, Steffani Jemison, Daria Faïn,
Larkin Grimm, Shelley Hirsch, Mara Rosenbloom, Melanie Maar & La Bomba de
Tiempo – to give a sense of her eclectic company. As a leader she is dedicated to
substantial creations from solo to large ensembles, music direction for cross-disciplinary
works, and to expanding the power of music as a healing & transformative act. She
performs extensively in New York, as well as in North, Central & South America and
Europe. Her solo debut hOULe, out on Gold Bolus Recordings, received international
acclaim and she recently released an eponymous album with carnivalesque duo
DIASPORA. With a Masters Degree in Aesthetics (Literature, Arts & Contemporary
Though – Paris VII Diderot University), she focused her scholarly works on Afrocentric
paradigms of Creative Music as utopian alternative politics. Anaïs Maviel pursues essay
and poetic writings as part of her artistic inquiry and published a recent article in French
magazine Revue et Corrigée, interviewed by bassist and collaborator Maxim Petit about
the stakes of multiculturalism in contemporary music. Recent achievements also include:
Co-Music Director for NOISE, a new musical by César Alvarez (Public Theater, NYC,
2018) Full length work Metadire premiered by Cross Times (Roulette, NYC, 2018)
DIáSPORA eponymous album release on São Paulo based label Hérnia de Discos as the
culmination of a South, Central & North America tour in partnership with Chiquita Magic
(Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, United States, Canada, 2017-2018)
Composer, Music Director & Performer for “Mayday Heyday Parfait” in collaboration
with the Commons Choir, Daria Faïn, Robert Kocik & Darius Jones (BRIC, NYC, 2017)
Lectures & Master Classes at UNILAB – University for International Integration of the
Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Redenção, BR), MAMAM – Museum of Modern Art Aloísio
Magalhães (Recife, BR, 2017) & Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Lima, PER, 2018)
Composer, Music Director & Performer for Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership
Institute “Undoing Racism” final performance, Kumble Theater, NYC, 2016. 
August 7, 2019