Sheldon Brown Ensemble
Bay Area saxophonist and composer Sheldon Brown presents the world premiere of Blood of the Air, a new large-scale piece based on the work of Beat Generation-era surrealist poet and San Francisco literary fixture Philip Lamantia. This exciting new composition features a greatly expanded version of Brown’s working band and utilizes recordings of Lamantia reading his own work, with the pitches and cadence of the poet’s voice providing the raw melodic and rhythmic material, in addition to live readings by poet Andrew Joron and interpretations of Lamantia’s speech melodies by vocalist Lorin Benedict. A 20-year veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, Brown has led the Sheldon Brown Group since 1994, and recently assembled a quintet devoted to the music of the criminally overlooked piano genius Herbie Nichols. He has performed worldwide with Cuban piano master Omar Sosa, appearing on five of Sosa’s albums, and is in constant demand as a performer in the Bay Area, working extensively with Club Foot Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane.
Sheldon Brown would like to acknowledge Chamber Music America (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Organization) and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for their generous support of this project.
Blood of the Air by Sheldon Brown and the Sheldon Brown Group has been made possible with the support from Chamber Music America's 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Sheldon Brown saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
Darren Johnston trumpet
Dave Mac Nab guitar
John Finkbeiner guitar
Jonathan Alford piano
Michael Wilcox bass
Alan Hall drums
Vijay Anderson drums
Andrew Joron theremin, spoken word
Lorin Benedict vocals