GOOD GRACIOUS- BRASS BODACIOUS! Double the trombone-flavored fun at THE RED ROOM!
As always, doors at 8:30, show at 9

Sharing a zest for the new and unpredictable, Jen met Patrick on the way to Berlin’s Total Music Meeting, a festival of improvised music. Now, 12 years later, they finally meet again in the same city – this time in Baltimore – for a rare performance of trombone duos and other entertainments.

Jen Baker, trombonist/composer, has collaborated with artists all over the world, premiering new works in symphony halls, art galleries, and universities, with a special focus on multimedia solo and chamber commissions. Hailed for her “formidable sensitivity” (New York Times), she has “performed with brilliant mastery and virtuosity” (San Francisco Classical Voice) in a number of festivals including the High Zero international festival of improvised music, ISIM Conference – International Society of Improvised Music, Adelaide Festival, Ostrava Days, Ottawa ChamberFest, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and also at many of the major art galleries, arts centers, and arenas in the US.

She is featured on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, and tours with singer/songwriters and new music ensembles that include Arijit Singh, Karole Armitage, Mansour, S.E.M., TILT brass, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and the mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra (founding member). In addition to an active performing schedule in NYC, she continues to tour, giving performances and guest classes across the country and worldwide. She appears on numerous recordings with Nate Wooley, Damon Smith, The Mountain Goats, Asphalt Orchestra, Flexible Orchestra, and on record labels including New World, Innova, New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe, and her own label, Dilapidated Barns.

Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. His musical study continued at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Manhattan School of Music, the Royal College of Music, the University of Minnesota, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik – Trossingen. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with established and young composers from around the world. Prominent solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head”, the Darmstadt Course for New Music, where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the American Trombone Workshop. He has created two multimedia performance projects – “V for Grock” and “Krieg dem Krieg” – which have been presented in the US and Europe. In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians and dancers. He is a member of the Composers Slide Quartet and Ensemble Laboratorium. Patrick Crossland teaches trombone and improvisation at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Event location:

The Red Room at Normals Books & Records 425 e 31st Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.