Joe Giardullo Trio
Language of Swans
Drimala : 2002
JG, soprano sax; Michael Thompson, bass; Chris Sullivan, percussion.
No Work Today: Nine for Steve Lacy
Drimala : 2006
JG, soprano sax.
TWILIGHT AT NOON
Shadow & Light
Drimala : 2002
JG, soprano sax; Joe McPhee, tenor sax; Michael Bissio, bass, Tanni Tabal, drums.
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new venture — a monthly concert series curated by Destination: OUT at the Salt Space on 27th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. It kicks off on Friday, September 10th, with a show by the great Joe Giardullo!
Our Loft/Lab jazz series aims to recreate the feel and excitement of the great jazz lofts of the 1970s. It’ll be a lab where adventurous musicians can try out new ideas, configurations, and compositions. It’ll serve up live music without a net. We’re keeping the prices low and only featuring our favorite acts. It’ll be curated with the same hand-picked care as the site.
We’re proud to kick things off with a concert from amazing saxophonist Joe Giardullo. A frequent collaborator of Joe McPhee, Giardullo is a formidable talent whose shows are legendary to those in the know. This is a rare opportunity to see Joe and get turned on to his music. For more about what Joe will be playing, scroll down.
The SALT Space is a brand new arts space on 28th Street and Broadway, in the former Tin Pan Alley district. It’s a beautiful loft on the top floor of the building that’s built for performances. Think the Jazz Gallery, but larger and with a bit more polish. SALT Space has already hosted events by DJ Spooky and Miho Hatori, and we’re honored to join their roster.
Spaces for live jazz in Manhattan have been steadily vanishing over the years – we’re happy to buck that trend and offer more adventurous jazz in the city. We hope our New York readers will come out and support the venture.
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Destination OUT’s Loft/Lab jazz series presents:
Joe Giardullo and Harvey Sorgen
Friday, September 10th at 8 pm.
1158 Broadway, 5th Floor
Entrance is on 27th Street
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Even in the world of adventurous jazz, Joe Giardullo remains an undersung performer. Although his work has been acclaimed by everyone from Downbeat to The Wire to Signal to Noise, he remains the proverbial “musician’s musician” and his extraordinary work has yet to reach the wider audience it deserves. Joe was interviewed in December 2008 by Clifford Allen. This illuminating piece from Paris Transatlantic opens with a bio that provides the broad strokes about his unusual career:
Soprano and tenor saxophonist Joe Giardullo was born in Brooklyn in 1948. Though not as well known as some of his contemporaries in modern improvisation, his work as a soprano saxophone soloist stems from figures like Steve Lacy and Anthony Braxton, with a penchant for organizing sound in isolated units across a broad area that recalls the music of trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith. After debuting on record in 1979 with the large ensemble work Gravity and assisting Anthony Braxton on the saxophonist’s Four Orchestras project, Giardullo ceased public performance until a chance meeting with Joe McPhee in 1991. Since that time, he has recorded solo, in duets with McPhee or violinist Carlos “Zingaro,” and in a notable “free” quartet with McPhee, bassist Mike Bisio and Tani Tabbal. More recently, Giardullo recorded a triumphant return to orchestration, convened a trio which explores his music as well as that of improvising composers like Paul Motian and Annette Peacock. He’s also worked in a duo with drummer Harvey Sorgen—an exploration of intensity between two longtime collaborators.
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What you can expect at the Sept 10th show:
Soprano saxophonist Joe Giardullo and drummer Harvey Sorgen go back over 35 years and share a lifetime of creative music. On this night, the music will be about that lifetime and about form. Special attention will be given to remembering the great Steve Lacy, and the tao. This is a night of songs. Some will be from Steve, some will be familiar, some will be new but all will be in tune with the space, the place, and the moment.
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There’s no way to do justice to the breadth of Joe’s work in three tracks, but the accompanying tunes above will give you a general idea of his talents. “Rivers” is a trio piece that begins with some gentle African percussion. It quickly blossoms into a tune that marries a flowing groove and Middle-Eastern inflected melody. Note how Joe’s remarkable phrasings and rhythmic sense propels the band throughout.
“Not Good” is a virtuoso solo piece that includes phrases of Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” while spiraling in many other directions simultaneously. It’s full of aural fireworks and spiritual depth, referencing the tradition while pushing into new realms.
“Twilight At Noon” comes from the dramatic sessions for Shadow & Light. The quartet was set to record several set compositions on 9/11/01. Instead of canceling the session after the Twin Towers fell, they decided to improvise and create a snapshot of their feelings at that very moment. The album is both stirring and beautiful, privileging small gestures over grandstanding statements, pain and confusion over patriotic certainty, collective exploration over self-serving solos. The brief “Twilight At Noon” is an achingly lovely, somber, and almost ambient exploration of a historic moment, captured in real time.
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For New Yorkers, we hope to see some of you next Friday. For everyone else, we hope you’ll dig this introduction to the music Joe Giardullo.