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Jaimie Branch Trio
Jaimie Branch is a trumpeter working in the areas of composition and improvisation. In addition to leading her own bands, Jaimie is a member of many groups including Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, Toby Summerfield's Never Enough Hope, Tim Daisy's Fracture Quartet, Keefe Jackson's Project-Project, and Yale the Band. Jaimie resides in Chicago where she is an active member in the creative music scene as a performer, recording engineer, and presenter.
Daniel Levin was born in 1974 in Burlington, Vermont. He began playing the cello at age six, and studied classical music intensively through adolescence. During this period he attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Mannes College of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. A chance experience improvising with a dancer at the New Arts Festival in Fort Meyers, Florida in the summer of 1993 inspired him to alter his view of himself as a musician: not as an interpreter of the works of early European masters, but as a composer and improviser, who would create his own music, interpreting his experience of the world within him and around him. Since then, he has had opportunities to work with many improvisers and composers in the creative music world such as Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, Joe Morris, Rob Brown, Whit Dickey, Joe & Mat Maneri, Tim Berne, J.D. Parran, Warren Smith, Satoshi Takeishi, Joe McPhee, Joe Giardullo, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bhob Rainey, Tom Rainey, Roy Campbell, Frode Gjerstad, Sabir Mateen, Billy Bang, Jason Hwang, William Parker, and many others. His recorded work includes Enter the Continent (Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble) on EMANEM, and, as a leader, Don't Go it Alone (Daniel Levin Quartet) on Riti Records and Some Trees (Daniel Levin Quartet) on HatOLOGY.
Tim Daisy has been an avid member of Chicago's thriving music scene since moving there in 1997 and has performed, recorded, and written music for many of the city's creative ensembles. In 2001, Tim was asked to join the Vandermark 5 and has since recorded four albums, a box set of music recorded live in Poland, and a double LP to come out soon on the Polish Not Two label. The Vandermark 5 continues to tour and record extensively as it enters its 11th year as an ensemble in 2007-something not seen very often in the world of improvised music.
Tim leads two groups of his own: Festival Quartet (with Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Josh Berman on cornet, and Anton Hatwich on bass), and Sky and Lights (with Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Anton Hatwich on bass). Each group explores the relationship between thematic material and improvisation with the members of the groups defining the overall character of the music through their respective personalities. Other groups that Tim currently works with are: The Engines (with Jeb Bishop, Dave Rempis, and Nate McBride), The Rempis Percussion Quartet (with Dave Rempis, Anton Hatwich, and Frank Rosaly), Dragons 1976 (with Aram Shelton and Jason Ajemian), Abranchadaisian (with Jaimie Branch and Jason Ajemian), Klang (with James Falzone, Jason Adasiewicz, and Jason Roebke), Kyle Bruckmann's WRACK (with Jason Stein, Jenn Claire Paulson, and Anton Hatwich), and the Frame Quartet (with Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and Nate McBride).
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.