On Friday, November 30th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to present tenor saxophonist Jason Robinson and the Janus Ensemble featuring saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist James Ilgenfritz, and drummer George Schuller as they celebrate the release of Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform Records, 2012). Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Robinson's Janus Ensemble repertoire combines composition and virtuosic improvisation to create imaginative narratives in sound.
Robinson "has a warm expressive tone" (Richard Moule, Signal to Noise) and has been called "a potent improviser who occasionally steps in the Albert Ayler zone...[with] thoughtful writing and bold instincts" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes) and as someone who "brings some humor into the traditionally dour world of experimental music" (Stuart Kremsky, Cadence Magazine).
Robinson performs regularly as a soloist (with and without electronics), with his group the Janus Ensemble, and in a variety of collaborative contexts. He has performed at festivals and prominent venues in the US and internationally. He has performed and/or recorded with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mark Dresser, the San Francisco Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and the La Jolla Symphony. Robinson is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College.
Find out more about Jason Robinson here: http://www.jasonrobinson.com