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Zoh Amba/Chris Corsano Duo

Zoh Amba (tenor saxophone), Chris Corsano (drums)

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Zoh Amba/Chris Corsano Duo
Zoh Amba/Chris Corsano Duo

Time & Location

Nov 19, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Holyoke Media, 1 Court PLaza, Holyoke, MA 01040, USA

About The Event

Young and exciting composer and improvisor Zoh Amba and veteran hard hitting percussionist Chris Corsano met about two years ago in Brooklyn, they immediately hit it off and decided to join forces. Since then have performed extensively in North America and Canada as a duo and in a variety of trios with luminaries such as Ryan Sawyer, Trevor Dunn, Bill Orcutt, Micah Thomas, and Thomas Morgan. Their duo performances coalesces into something all its own; forward-thinking, free-wheeling, a totally in the moment high energy exchange, creating unique memorable performances each time. Zoh Amba is a composer, saxophonist, and flutist from Tennessee. Her music blends avant-garde, noise, and devotional hymns.  Before studying music at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music, New England Conservatory and studying with David Murray in New York, she spent most of her time writing and practicing saxophone in the forest near her home. Today, her powerfully unique avant-garde music is full of folk melodies, mesmerizing refrains, and repeated incantations. Amba released two records in 2022, her debut record O, Sun which was produced by John Zorn and released on the prestigious label Tzadik. Zoh Amba’s second record, Bhakti features Micah Thomas, Tyshawn Sorey, and Matt Hollenberg. She has collaborated with a variety of high profile musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Jim White (Dirty Three), Steve Gunn, Vijay Iyer, legendary bassist William Parker, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), etc. Amba has also performed at well respected venues and festivals Roulette (NY), Ars Nova Workshop (Philadelphia), Vision Festival (NY), ReWire (NL), BRDCST Festival (BE), Angel City Jazz Festival (LA) along with 2023 Big Ears Festivals. Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and experimental music since the late '90s. He's a rim-batterer of choice for some of the greatest contemporary purveyors of "jazz" (Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty, Mette Rasmussen) and "rock" (Sir Richard Bishop, Bill Orcutt, Jim O'Rourke), as well as artists beyond categorization (Björk for her Volta album and world tour, Michael Flower, Okkyung Lee). Appearing on over 150 albums and touring in an ultra-wide array of collaborations, Corsano has developed a highly personal musical language through ecstatic free improvisation, extended percussion techniques, and an innovative approach to the drum kit that includes resonating drum heads with bowed strings and circular-breathed reeds. He's been called "one of the world's great drummers" by The Guardian, "a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde" by The New York Times, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by Wire Magazine.


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