10³²K Clinic at IC on Tuesday, May 15 from 2-4pm.
8:00pm Performance at the Hayloft
305 Stewart Ave.
more info 607-645-0512
10³²K - The Planck temperature. The temperature at which matter ceases to exist, and conventional physics breaks down. According to Nova, at this point, “strange things, unknown things, begin to happen to phenomena we hold near and dear, like space and time”. Also an apt description for what happens when you mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy’s trombone with Andrew Drury’s kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray.
After studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Rutgers University in New Jersey, Frank Lacy toured with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Henry Threadgill, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, The Eurythmics, Carla Bley and Don Pullen. He was a member of the first Bobby Watson Horizon Band and spent a year and a half as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Frank was an integral part of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy as a singer, arranger and trombonist, and a member of the big bands of McCoy Tyner and David Murray. He is currently one of the longest serving
members of the Mingus Big Band. He has two cds on the Enja label: Tonal Weights and Measures, and Settegast Strut.
Andrew Drury is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator whose work is animated by a tendency toward exploration and expansion, balanced with a love of tradition, lyricism, humor, theater, and narrative. His formative years were devoted to jazz, centering on studies with Dave Coleman in Seattle and Ed Blackwell at Wesleyan University, and playing experiences with artists ranging from Wadada Leo Smith and Wayne Horvitz to the Basie-era trombonist Dickie Wells and a teenage Brad Mehldau. In addition to “conventional” techniques he employs friction and air pressure in combination with a variety of gears, clamps, construction site detritus, and metal objects to conjure an extreme range of frequency and texture from the drums. He has become one of very few drummers known for circular breathing and bowing a metal dust pan.
Drury plays with a wide range of musicians including Jason Kao Hwang, TOTEM>, Iron Dog, Steve Swell, Jack Wright, and others.
His four cds as a bandleader feature Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Briggan Krauss, and Chris Speed among others. He has performed internationally and on more than 40
recordings with Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Darius Jones, Denman Maroney, Angelica Sanchez, Jenny Scheinmann, and Nate Wooley to name a few. While many young musicians were embracing the retrospection of the period, Kevin Ray was hearing the
adventurous call of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill, The World Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Cyrille and other artists who held innovation higher than preservation. Supporting himself in the early 90s with a straight gig managing a division at Forbes Publishing, Kevin continued to study and play and toward the end of the decade came into contact with one of his spiritual mentors, Andrew Hill.
“Andrew gave me the confidence to become truly serious about becoming a musician” Ray explains, and he played regularly with the pianist, and performed with other outstanding artists like John Hicks, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, John Stubblefield, Ray Anderson, and The Flux Quartet. He also performed in the premieres of major works by a wide range of composers, including Lee Hyla, Joe McPhee and Leroy Jenkins.
Unfortunately, what seemed to be a bout with strep throat in 2000 turned into a decade-long nightmare of mysterious maladies that defied proper diagnoses and sapped the energetic young musician of strength, while crippling him with pain and other physical issues. Following hernia surgery in 2011, Ray found himself on the path to complete recovery and is now at full strength and at peak powers as a player and
Lacy stands out from his mainstream contemporaries like a Picasso at K-Mart… one of the most captivating players currently greasing a slide… The Baddest Sideman in Jazz”
– Downbeat Magazine
"Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray and Andrew Drury gave us a wonderful musical experience… great facility, spontaneity and spirit… This concert, which inaugurated the 23rd season of our Magic Triangle Jazz Series, was a complete success."
- Glenn Siegel, WMUA 91.1 FM, Amherst, MA
Please contact Kevin Ray (718) 614-6968 for additional information. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at 607-274-3717.