Wolter Wierbos and David Manson’s SWARM! at Timucua white house- Sunday, April 1st

cm5 All-Trombone Affair
Wolter Wierbos solo and David Manson’s SWARM! for trombone octet
Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission, all ages welcome

Trombones sound quite good in the acoustically refined environs of the Timucua white house. Instead of eggs or candy-shelled chocolate malt balls, we predict this April that there will be low brass overtones tucked in warrens around the Timucua white house. Our event with Amsterdam resident Wolter Wierbos and St. Petersburg (FLA) resident combines nine trombones in addition to scores of LED-lit inflatable sculptures and a tap dancer. That’s the sum of Wolter Wierbos‘ solo U.S. tour and composer David Manson‘s multimedia SWARM! performance.

You may have seen Wolter Wierbos on his November 2010 visit to Timucua as a third of the sonically limber wind group- Carl Ludwig Hubsch’s Longrun View Of The Universe. During his visit, Wolter mentioned a forthcoming solo tour, which elicited an immediate commitment from the cm5. Wolter’s huge, timbre-rich playing is augmented with a huge assortment of extended techniques for trombone including muting, aeolian sounds, advanced overtone control and percussive pops. Wierbos is among elite company when summoning a list of great improvising, jazz and new music trombonists worldwide.

His flexibility on trombone has placed him in polyglot, 360° groupings like Maarten Altena‘s situational, improvising modern classical ensemble and the ICP Orchestra, who have never failed to take an opportunity to make even a familiar audience guess what they’ll sound like on any given evening. In addition, Wierbos has been found in the diverse company of Tasmanian Devil-ish drummer Han Bennink, out-rockers The Ex and Sonic Youth, Cecil Taylor’s European Big Band, Henry Threadgill and 1980s new wavers Gruppo Sportivo.

David Manson was busy making and presenting creative music in the Tampa Bay area when the cm5 were in short pants back in the late 1990s. In addition to having been a composing/arranging/performing member of Zappa repertory band Bogus Pomp and acronym-centric ensembles BONK and SHIM, Manson, as director of the non-profit EMIT Series, has presented more than 220 musical events since the early 1990s. Manson made international waves in the jazz community during 2002 when he hired the Sam Rivers Trio and fellow SHIM trumpeter Jonathan Powell to record his compositions under the banner Fluid Motion. The resulting CD made critic’s Year End lists and elicited a rave from super-critic Nat Hentoff. Manson is currently central in two very different jazz-related projects including the bossa nova small group O Som Do Jazz and the 21-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared thrice on cm5 events including a rapturous SHIM concert at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and returning for a SHIM/Eugene Chadbourne avant-review concert at Rollins’ Bush Auditorium. Manson plans on performing the Perez Prado tribute Vinko Mambo for trombone and electronics from his Beast CD and unspooling the sound and visions of SWARM! for trombone octet, illuminated balloons and tap dancer. Manson is collaborating with Polish sculptor Wojtek Sawa to create the visual aspect of SWARM! at a March 30th extravaganza at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and again at our event at the Timucua white house.

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