Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver- Thursday, April 11th at Iron Cow Cafe

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Timucua Arts Foundation, The Civic Minded 5 and Iron Cow present
Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Ochs
Iron Cow Cafe
2438A E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert

  • Tickets by cash or card also available at Park Avenue CDs

Nels Cline – replete with black fingernail polish – legit ran over a sizable Orlando crowd congregated to hear a 1995 Mike Watt Econo Jam. That was the town’s collective entry point. The guitarist’s improvisational language welded to the Post-Hardcore of Watt’s Crew Of The Flying Saucer band tattooed Cline’s reputation in Central Florida.

And then the decades passed…

Aside from Cline’s by comparison Clark Kent persona as the lead guitar work in Wilco in 2015, that’s it. Why? If it’s Cline myriad improvisational/new music projects that have bypassed, it’s probably our fault. Please consider April 11th as a compensatory effort where we still charge money to attend.

Cline is listed in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists as there doesn’t seem to be any boundaries in which to explore and innovate. Cline was first on the cm5 radar as SoCal creative jazz player in outfits with drumming brother Alex and making his bones with elder creatives Charlie Haden, Julius Hemphill and Hemphill acolyte Tim Berne. Then the turn toward Mike Watt, Geraldine Fibbers and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore happened. Willie Nelson, too. Cline’s website refers to over 200 recordings across more than four decades, including current projects with guitarist Julian Lage and a duo named Cup with Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto fame. The beat goes on.

This trio is not a jazz band. The improvisational nature of jazz is the basis of the work, while not necessarily the nature of their protean sonic offerings.

We’re proud to host Gerald Cleaver’s first Orlando concert. The Detroit native and University Of Michigan faculty member moved to the Lion’s Den in NYC’s jazz scene to carve out a reputation as a first call drummer. Cleaver’s credits include legendary creatives Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill and William Parker, as well as the countenance of straight ahead jazz tent poles such as Hank Jones, Eddie Harris, Tommy Flanagan and Jacky Terrasson. Like Cline, the drummer is open. His ensemble Black Host reminds of Miles Davis band circa Dark Magus hanging around long enough to be involved in New York’s No Wave auditory theatrics.

Post-Coltrane lineage reed player Larry Ochs makes his sixth appearance at an Orlando-area Civic Minded 5 concert. Ochs is cofounder of the 41 year-old ROVA Saxophone Quartet – ground floor influencers in the language of that now-accepted ensemble formation. ROVA played our one-hundredth concert a year back after being one of our first ever concerts back when we called WPRK-FM our collecting point. Ochs networks. Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, Fred Frith, longtime Kronos Quartet cellist Jean Jeanrenaud, and improvising vocalists Dohee Lee and Saadet Turkoz are a sampling.

Notice that we’re at Iron Cow Cafe in the Milk District for the second time. Iron Cow can feed you and sell you drinks, so we’re not suggesting that you arrive with those in-hand. Take part in the Timucua instant arts community created at each event by appearing willing – described by composer Anthony Braxton as the “friendly experiencer.” We’ll see you there.

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