Noted saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Marty Ehrlich brings his Rites Quartet to Firehouse 12.
The RITES QUARTET is named for that place where music crosses over to something else or other. Rites of Passage, Religious Rites. Right of Way, Human Rights. Write this down in your own voice. Rites Rhythms - A Song for Tomorrow
"The esteemed reed player knows about the fine points of building a band, and the inclusion of Erik Friedlander's swinging cello gives this small ensemble almost as much personality as the boss's compositions. An agile aggregation with a trumpet/alto front line might warrant Ornette comparisons, but Ehrlich's stylistic individuality has been secure for years now; it has a lot to do with warm-hearted freebop." - Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
Marty Ehrlich is celebrating 30 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He
began his career in St. Louis while in high school, performing and recording with the Human Arts
Ensemble. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in 1977. Since then,
he has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz
orchestra. As a multi-instrumentalist, passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has
performed with a many contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson,
Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Don Grolnick,
Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, and John Zorn. He
appears on close to 100 recordings with these and other composers. Recent projects include tours
and recordings with his quartet and sextet, and with the Marty Ehrlich/Myra Melford Duo. His
honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association, and a
distinguished alumni award from NEC. He is an associate professor of music at Hampshire College.