Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ben Allison to Collaborate With Robert Pinsky

Bassist and composer Ben Allison has announced performances to support his 10th album, Action-Refraction, which will be released April 12th via Palmetto. Action-Refraction marks Allison's first album of covers, and it features songs by such artists as PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, and Neil Young. Additionally he will have an ongoing 2011 Tuesday night workshop at Kush on NYC's Lower East Side.

Ben Allison and his trio will perform live with Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky at the New School’s Celebration Film Noir on April 5th. Allison has also been collaborating with legendary performance artist Joey Arias, in preparation for a Town Hall show April 21st.

Allison said of the project, “Artistically, Pinsky and Arias seem to be polar opposites – Poet Laureate and Downtown Diva. But both are extraordinary communicators who use words and music to get to something that’s personal and all-embracing. The freeform elements of music and poetry, and music and performance art all seem to flow from the same impulse and fit together in my mind. Robert is "America’s civic poet." Joey is a larger-than-life icon of the NYC art scene. What they have in common is a dedication to bringing their art to the public and putting themselves out there. I feel equally at home working with both of them and love the challenge and range of expression.”

April 5 @ The New School, 8pm / Ben Allison Trio
‘A Celebration of Film Noir’ with Roberty Pinsky, Frank Kimbrough & Rudy Royston
April 6 @ Jazz at Lincoln Center, 7pm / Ben Allison
Listening Party for ‘Action-Refraction’ and Q&A with Ken Druker
April 12 & 13 @ Jazz Standard, 7:30pm & 9pm / Ben Allison Band
Album Release Parties for ‘Action-Refraction’
April 21 @ Town Hall, 8pm
Joey Arias & Ben Allison
April 19 & 26 @ Kush, 8pm / Ben Allison Trio
Ongoing 2011 Tuesday Workshop Residency (191 Chrystie)

Visit Ben Allison's website for more information.

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