Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

VJC Artistic Director, Eugene Uman brings back the Convergence Project, the ensemble with which he recorded his acclaimed, new CD. Stomu and Satoshi Takeishi, one of the best rhythm sections on the planet will add their fire and authenticity. This music uses the language of jazz, the edge of rock and the lift of Latin rhythms as its inspiration.

Fully Sponsored by the McKenzie Family Foundation.

Dave Liebman says that the Convergence Project is "a fantastic recording revealing Uman's influences from immersion into the Colombian culture as well as the jazz tradition."

And Jerry Bergonzi states "Great sounds, I've always loved Eugene's compositions... a journey with a very healing, uplifting feel."

VPR Jazz Host, George Thomas says: "Terrific CD, I love it all: writing, performance, cover art and presentation. Thanks so much for this gem." Listen to this group performing newly composed material they are honing to record a new CD.

Press release by Eric Weld


Latin musical styles from Columbia and Cuba, rhythmic echoes from India and North Africa, the driving energy of rock, an underpinning of jazz bebop and free expression... A convergence of musical genres, interpretations and personnel will occur on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center, Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, when The Convergence Project takes the stage for a concert unlike any other.

The Convergence Project, led by pianist and composer Eugene Uman, artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center, is an eclectic collection of extraordinary musicians who bring a wide range of backgrounds and experience to the interpretation of Uman's original works. Uman's music is layered with unexpected timbres, instrumental combinations and harmonic shaping that give it unending depth, while presenting a menagerie of rhythmic patterns and modal interplay that coax the listener closer.

His music strikes that rare balance between accessibility and discovery. While it explores uncharted jazz and harmonic territory, searching for what might be, it is always anchored by organic rhythm and delicious melody that comforts the ear.

It is Uman's unusual orchestrations and fresh treatment of musical source material that give this concert its unique quality. Jazz lovers will certainly get what they came for, but all will leave with something new.

Scott Yanow, editor of All Music Guide to Jazz, in discussing the work of this group states: "Throughout the date there are many fine solos from Friesen, Galindo and Zsoldos along with fine backup work from the two Takeishis. But the real stars are Uman's compositions and his inventive keyboard work. His music is modern without being forbidding, unpredictable while being accessible."

The Convergence Project will perform works from Uman's recent album, The Convergence Project, as well as several new pieces he composed during a recent MacDowell Fellowship. Joining Uman in The Convergence Project are:

  • The Takeishi brothers--Stomu on electric and acoustic bass, Sato on drums and percussion--a powerful rhythmic foundation and a force in the New York City jazz and world music scene
  • Michael Zsoldos playing saxophones (alto, soprano and tenor), a well-traveled musical innovator and educator who has performed with some of the most notable music legends
  • Jeff Galindo wielding the trombone, a highly sought jazz artist and assistant professor at Berklee College of Music who has performed with a long list of jazz leaders
  • David Haughey on cello, an innovator who takes his instrument to unprecedented places, performing jazz, Latin, bluegrass, classical and rock

The Convergence Project in concert is made possible with generous support from the McKenzie Family Foundation. Admission is $20 general, $15 for students with ID. Purchase tickets online at www.vtjazz.org, at In the Moment, downtown Brattleboro, or call the VJC ticket line, 802-254-9088, ext. 1 (a $1 surcharge per ticket will be charged for all tickets purchased with a credit card, online, or by phone). Tickets can also be purchased at the door (no surcharge).

The Vermont Jazz Center is dedicated to creating and preserving jazz through the presentation of workshops, concerts and instruction. The VJC presents monthly concerts by preeminent jazz artists throughout the year.

Date:
Saturday, June 11
Time:
8:00 PM
Location:
Vermont Jazz Center
Admission:
$20 general admission/$15 for students
Tickets:
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