Firehouse 12 • 45 Crown Street • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203.785.0468

Carl Maguire's Floriculture
Part of the 2009 Spring Jazz Series
Friday, June 5, 2009
8:30p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $10 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
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Carl Maguire
Dan Weiss : drums
John Hébert : bass
Oscar Noriega : bass clarinet, clarinet
Stephanie Griffin

Floriculture has been performing in New York City since 2001. The band's sound is the result of Carl Maguire's involved compositions being realized by the rarefied musicianship of the members - Oscar Noriega, Stephanie Griffin, John Hebert, Dan Weiss, and Carl. The musicians bring dynamic and varied backgrounds to Floriculture's music - from performances with jazz masters to Spectralist new-music concerts to traditional tabla recitals. The players' empathy with each other and Maguire's compositions creates a music that is kaleidoscopic, tactile, rhythmically sensuous. As Budd Kopman says in All About Jazz, "the composed sections appear, then blend into the improvisations, which then mutate back into composition. No sharp lines demarcate anything... a major statement of compositional technique and improvisational ability. The band shows itself to be an organic unit that evolves with the music. Each piece gives no hint where it is going to go, creating a palpable tension as the [music] proceeds, since the sense of compositional unity created by the theme keeps building, while at that same time that same feeling is being pulled apart by the improvisation of the players."

Floriculture's release on Between The Lines (Germany) was proclaimed by Glenn Astarita as "one of the true modern jazz surprises of 2006" and Bruce Lee Gallanter summed it up as "Excellent work from some of my favorite local heroes." This concert celebrates Maguire's forthcoming Floriculture record on Firehouse 12 Records.

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