On Friday, May 15th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome back saxophonist and composer Tim Berne in duo with pianist Matt Mitchell. Mitchell performs in Berne's group Snakeoil which recently released a new CD on ECM Records entitled You've Been Watching Me. The duo will perform music from their repetoire that has developed over the 6 years they have been working together.
Berne is noted for his ability to balance "interlocking, rhythm-rooted melody with an affecting modern lyricism" while also balancing "composition, improvisation, and the tonal resources of an acoustic band" (John Fordham, The Guardian). Snakeoil's first eponymous album was called "unpredictable and fresh...the completely improvised passages are often indistinguishable from the scored parts" (John Kelman, All About Jazz). Chris Barton of the LA Times called Snakeoil "an album that balances lush composition and free expression."
Berne was initially inspired to take up saxophone after hearing Julius Hemphill's 1972 LP Dogon A.D. Since that time, he has built an expansive discography as a leader that includes albums on Columbia, JMT, Winter & Winter, Thirsty Ear, as well as his own Screwgun Records imprint. Berne has collaborated with musicians like Michael Formanek, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Marc Ducret, Mark Dresser, Steve Swell, Bobby Previte, Tom Rainey, Craig Taborn, and many others.
Learn more about Tim Berne here: http://www.screwgunrecords.com