Over the past fifty years, Canterbury House has hosted musical performances
by a wide variety of forward-thinking, innovative “prophetic
voices.” In the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the Concert Series
featured now-legendary performers such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Gordon Lightfoot, and the MC5. More recently, the Series has
featured regional acts, student and faculty ensembles, and internationally
known artists drawing from jazz, folk, contemporary classical, electronica,
and improvised music. Artists such as Steve Swell,
Henry Grimes, Billy Bang, Oliver Lake, Faruq Z. Bey and Peter Kowald are a sampling of the high level of
music featured in this series.
(Unless otherwise noted...)
All concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Admission is $10 for general admission and $5 for students/seniors.
A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: Canterbury House has a very small parking lot which is reserved for staff and performers. Please allow time to locate street parking (which is free after 6pm on nearby streets) or park at the Thayer Street Parking Structure, which is at 300 South Thayer Street, just one block from Canterbury House.
24 Hour Improvisation Concert
6pm Friday, April 5th - 6pm Saturday April 6th
A 24-hour long marathon of improvisational music! Everything from free improvisation, to noise, to Indian classical music, to New Orleans jazz.
Friday April 5th:
6pm - University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra
7pm - James Cornish
8pm - Alex Belhaj
9pm - Tim Flood
10pm - Ed Sarath / Steve Rush
11pm - Diana Sussman
Saturday April 6th:
12am - Midnight Swords
1am - Ian Fulcher / Woody Goss
2am - Arbor Composer's Collective
3am - Men of the Cloth
4am - Ross Huff
5am - Nawal Kishore Singh
6am - Mark Kirschenmann
7am - Wodom
8am - Tim Haldeman / Jessica Bratus
9am - Molly Jones
10am - Michael Malis
11am - Collin Johnson
12pm - Ulysses Project
1pm - Andrew Bishop
2pm - Eric Schweizer
3pm - Piotr Michalowski
4pm - Rachel Mazer
5pm - Ellen Rowe / Andrew Bishop
ADMISSION IS $10 for a day pass. Proceeds go to benefit the International Society for Improvised Music, a non-profit dedicated to highlighting the common ground that exists between ALL forms of improvised music!
w/ The Great Collapsing Hrung
Thursday, April 11th
8:30pm (note late start time)
CJ Boyd is a bassist/composer who is on perpetual tour around the world. His solo performances are sweeping departures as informed by post-minimalism as by early 90s grunge. A stellar performer, not to be missed!
http:// cjboyd.bandcamp.com/album/ west-coasting-vol-1-dreams- like-this-must-die-seattle -circa-91
The Great Collapsing Hrung is a new jazz/rock quartet that explores composition and improvisation with adventurous abandon, traversing influences as varied as punk, americana, and Webern.
Derek Worthington, trumpet
Kirsten Carey, guitar
Ben Willis, bass
Jonathan Taylor, drums
Steve Rush's Naked Dance
Tuesday, April 16th
10pm (note late start time)
Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Friday, April 26th
Student jazz trumpet recital. More details forthcoming.
The Twangtown Paramours and Spencer Michaud
Saturday, April 27th
The Twangtown ParamoursBefore devoting most of his time to the Twangtown Paramours, Mike Lewis played upright bass (and still does, on occasion) with Jimmie Dale Gilmore's band in some of the finest musical venues across the United States. A renowned songwriter, Mike does most of the songwriting for the duo. Since 2000, Mike has also owned and operated a studio, producing tunes for up and coming performers from Nashville and other parts of the country. MaryBeth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she was a fixture on the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area. MaryBeth toured Europe, worked as a guest artist with several other bands, and sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy. After relocating to Nashville, MaryBeth continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and working on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini. She now sings lead vocals for the Twangtown Paramours and shares songwriting duties with Mike.
In July, 2012, the new Twangtown Paramours studio album (their second full-length CD) was released to radio and reached #2 on the Folk DJ Chart (only because the Woody Guthrie Centennial Compilation took first place!) Well-respected music critic and DJ Gene Shay said the following: “Great new songs, some touching, some just plain fun. These Paramours get better with every new release. PS. ‘Chains’ is brilliant!” In November, 2012, John Platt of WFUV in New York City listed the album in his top ten for the year. In December, 2012, Lilli Kuzma of WDCB in Chicago listed the album in her top five for the year. And the record came in at #24 for the entire year on the Folk DJ Chart. Also in 2012, the Twangtown Paramours were honored to open for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Kim & Reggie Harris. In May, 2012, the Twangers won the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award in the renowned Texas-based Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Songwriter Contest. They have also been awarded formal showcases at the Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast Folk Alliance Conferences (FARM, SWERFA and NERFA), and we chosen as finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest. They were named Artists on the Verge for 2011 by the Bluegrass Special magazine. Current videos can be found on Youtube, as well as on their website. Spencer MichaudLocal favorite
Spencer Michaud is a narrative singer-songwriter that uses an elastic tenor voice to cover an incredible range of genres and emotions. He draws upon the ghosts of Motown, Tin-Pan Alley and the folk tradition to create a sound that is both theatrical and sincere. Michaud is a regular performer at the Jeff Buckley Tribute concerts held annually at Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL. He currently teaches guitar and songwriting in the Ann Arbor area. Spencer is currently working on a new EP, due to be released in the very near future! http://www.spencermichaud.com/
Tuesday, April 30th
Student percussion recital. More details forthcoming.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson / Steven Lugerner
Opening act: Matt Endahl
Thursday, May 2nd
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a baritone saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. From the moment he put a saxophone together, in his hometown of Chicago, he found himself surrounded by musicians like Matana Roberts and AACM mainstay, Mwata Bowden, who were dedicated to finding an individual path to musical discovery.
Jonah’s impressive use of extended techniques including circular breathing, multi-phonics and almost impossibly nimble vocalization owes a debt to the Chicago saxophone legacy, but his devotion to a quirky almost vocal style places him in new territory for the solo saxophone. His unique approach to the baritone saxophone draws inspiration from the unadorned voices of Appalachian Music and lo-fi musicians like Bill Callahan. He has meticulously constructed a world of warm memories remembered in a cold present, as he melds the evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of experimentalism.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Steven Lugerner is the product of a multicultural, artistically nurturing family. In his previous work, Steven Lugerner has used various selections of Biblical text as raw material for his musical compositions. For We Have Heard is Lugerner’s sophomore release with his quartet and focuses on the biblical Book of Joshua. Instead of releasing a live jazz recording, Lugerner’s compositional approach on this new record incorporates the usage of overdubs, splices and edits. This music is lodged in the dichotomy between acoustic material juxtaposed against music that is made virtually entirely in post-production. Lugerner strives to blend the sonic layers between what is improvised vs. what is pre-thought and composed.
In 2013, Lugerner will begin performing his Gematria-based music as solo act in addition to usual performances with his quartet. The solo act will consist largely of pre-recorded stems from the original For We Have Heard sessions plus other sessions Lugerner has been apart of over the past three years of living in New York City. New compositions will be both composed and improvised utilizing pre-existing recorded material, thus continuing the evolution of his compositional thought process.
Matt Endahl is an experimental musician based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been involved in numerous and varied projects and groups, including performance and recording collaborations with Jack Wright, Christopher Riggs, Mike Khoury, Laurel Halo, and Capillary Action. His personal work as a performer and composer reflect his interest in the limits of musical free action, form, rhythm, and melody.
Saturday, May 4th
Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children's songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar.
In 2004 joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums) she released an album of psychedelic rock called 'All the Leaves Are Gone' which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album 'Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You' (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album 'This Coming Gladness' was released in 2008. 'Graphic as a Star' was released in 2010 and 'Blood Rushing' was released in September 2012.
For a recent interview, please see: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/06/162295011/josephine-foster-a-vibrating-voice-to-shake-the-soul
Wednesday, May 8th
7pm (note early start time)
Works by Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, Tower, and more. Featuring Danny Poceta, Nate May, Maxx Passion, Ian Finklestein and Chris Sies
Alex Levine Quintet
Saturday, May 11th
7pm (note early start time)
FIRST! Marcus Elliot and his quartet with Ben Rolston, Mike Malis, and Stephen Boegehold will show what they've been working on EVERY Tuesday night at Cliff Bells!
THEN! Alex Levine and his quintet with Marcus Elliot, Pat Booth, Ben Rolston, and Julian Allen will play a set of new (and maybe some old) compositions!
Saxophone - Marcus Elliot, Patrick Booth
Keys - Mike Malis
Bass - Ben Rolston
Guitar - Alex Levine
Drums - Stephen Boegehold, Julian Allen
Crystal Moon Cone
Saturday, May 18th
Trio of Jon Moniaci, Chris Peck, Stephen Rush.
"We use music we find on the streets and in the forests and play them with our laptops. We play accordions, guitars, balloons, organs and pianos. Childrens’ toys. We play pretty music and we play noise. We care if you listen. We play for dancers and and video and in the dark. We record in canoes, in swamps and in studios, and perform in Europe, India and the U.S. We invite you to listen."
If you are interested in playing at this historic, exciting and progressive venue, please review our booking policy (in PDF or in MS Word format) and contact our Concert Coordinator.
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