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On Friday, May 11th, Firehouse 12 welcomes bassist Michael Bates and his group Acrobat as they celebrate the release of their new album Acrobat: Music For, and By, Dmitri Shostakovich (Sunnyside Records). Bates has spent countless hours listening to, transcribing, and studying Shostakovich’s music. The music of Acrobat is Bates’s interpretation of the composer’s musical language, filtered through a modern jazz context.
Acrobat has been called “a remarkably expressive and versatile platform for improvisation” (J.D. Considine, DownBeat) and “an intricate and earnest work that will bear repeated listening very well. . .highly recommended” Douglas Detrick, About.com Jazz). Raul D’Gama Rose of All About Jazz praised Bates for “mastermind[ing] everything with sheer genius.”
Bates grew up in Vancouver, Canada and has played in hardcore, punk, rock, jazz, and classical contexts. He studied with the principal bassist of the Tokyo Symphony, Yoshio Nagashima, as well as Don Thompson, Dave Young, Mark Helias and Tony Falanga. In 2002, he relocated to New York, and began performing with many of the city's best including Michael Blake, JD Allen, Tom Rainey, Chris Speed, Jeff Davis, Donny McCaslin, Russ Johnson, Dave Douglas, Gerald Cleaver, and Marty Ehrlich. He has performed on dozens of recording as a sideman and has toured all over Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada.
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