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Sunday, January 31st, 2010
07:00 PM

Beyond Jazz with The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums
with local trio, Pocketful of Claptonite
Curator: Leslie Grove | Co-Curator: Justin Kau
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Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums Pocketful of Claptonite, photo by Delene Porter
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  • $10.00 Suggested donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds.)
    We are honored to be presenting The Tiptons - a Seatle-based, all-woman sax quartet who have performed in Europe and the US for more than 15 years! They boldly expand the tradition of saxophone quartets with music that ranges from the New Orleans second line through Jazz to Afro-Cuban, Balkan, Klezmer and beyond. The quartet is widely praised for dynamic, playful concerts with high-energy interaction and a broad repertoire.
    Founded in 1988, the group was named in honor of pianist and saxophonist Billy Tipton, following the post-mortem revelation that Tipton was in fact a woman who had begun dressing as a man to play with jazz groups in 1930's Oklahoma and continued to live as a man for more than 50 years.

    Directing music workshops in the US and throughout Europe, the Tiptons teach group composition and improvisation, saxophone and extended vocal techniques. They have also received grants to compose music for "saxophone quartet and 3 city buses" and to research and perform compositions by women composers in jazz. Music from the Tiptons' newest CD, Laws of Motion has been featured on National Public Radio and Austrian National Radio.
    For more information and samples of the quartet's recordings: and wiki page, and myspace

    Athens trio Pocketful of Claptonite will open the evening--an exciting improv trio of Athens-based musicians, all active in a range of genres. Killick, known in avant garde circles for his mastery of unique
    stringed instruments such as the custom-built, microtonal h'arpeggione,
    plays a more conventional electric guitar in this group, though in his own characteristic, energetic style. Cousins and frequent collaborators in
    jazz ensembles such as Breathlanes, upright bassist Darrin Cook
    and drummer Jamie DeRevere provide a rhythm section that powers
    the trio into a "wide open stream of consciousness."  
    For more information and samples of the trio's recordings: Sweet Pea Review, WUOG, and myspace.

    People may view the current ATHICA exhibit, Nurture: Video and Photography by Amy Jenkins before the music event from 1:00 p.m. on that day. The exhibit marks three firsts for ATHICA: it is our first focusing on the personal yet universal issues of parenting and breast-feeding, our first large-scale video-art exhibit, and our first full-run solo artist exhibition. The works, curated by ATHICA Artistic Director Lizzie Zucker Saltz, are from Jenkins' stunning Cradle series, in which the artist films herself and members of her family in order to reveal salient aspects of familial relationships.  This is Jenkins' first solo exhibition south of Kentucky, which follows two decades of the New Hampshire-based artist's exhibiting at numerous national and international museums and galleries.

    Thank You to:

    Participating Artists
    Founding member Amy Denio
    Saxophonists Jessica Lurie, Sue Orfield and Tina Richerson
    Drummer Lee Frisari

    Pocketful of
    Killick, electric guitar
    upright bass
    Jamie DeRevere, drums

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