We present a duo of two great touring musicians, Simone Baron and Danny Kamins. When was the last time you heard accordion and saxophone together? We’re excited about the textures they will bring to the Red Room. Both bring a focused, thoughtful approach to their energetic style of improvising. Opening will be a trio showing off three of Baltimore’s different improvisational subcultures. Peter Redgrave (dance) will team up with Orlando Johnson (mandolin, found objects, movement), and Ino Aksentiev (multiple instruments).
Doors will open at 7:30pm. Show will start at 8pm.
Simone Baron is a polyglot pianist, accordionist and composer who has performed and toured throughout western Europe, the Middle East, Canada, the US, and Brazil. Steeped in her Judeo-Roman roots, her work is at once vividly imaginative yet honestly lyrical, driven with relentless intensity yet colorful and engaging, uncompromising and complex yet playful, wondrous and irreverent; often emotionally intense adventures inspired by unlikely and disparate muses. A 2021 alumnus of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Woodshed Network and a 2019 alumnus of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Simone has been awarded residencies and fellowships at the Hambidge Center, I-Park Foundation, ArtOMI, Strathmore, University of Maryland’s NextLOOK, Avaloch Farm, the Banff Centre, and Spectrum Toronto. In 2016 she founded Arco Belo, a genre-fluid chamber ensemble that dances in the spaces between jazz, avant chamber music, and folk tunes from around the globe. They have been awarded grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, South Arts and Chamber Music America towards touring and recording their new album. Committed to building a more inclusive musical community, Simone is a founding member of the Boulanger Initiative, a DC based non profit advocacy group that fights gender discrimination in concert programming. Simone is an endorsed Victoria Artist and plays a Poeta XB Accordion.
Danny Kamins is an improvising saxophonist based out of Houston, TX. His current musical endeavors include playing in the Houston based groups Relative Dissonance, CARL, El Mantis, and Etched in the Eye as well as directing the jazz program at Rice University. Musicians he has performed/recorded with include Tatsuya Nakatani, Alvin Fielder, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Thomas Helton, Adam Goodwin, Vinny Golia, Antonio Borghini, Garrett Wingfield, Karlton Hester, David Leon, Jeb Bishop, Sandy Ewen, Jon Lundbom, Motoko Honda, Damon Smith, Luke Stewart, Michal Dymny, Natan Kryszk, Paulina Owczarek, Wiktoria Zakubowska and NewMusic groups Le Train Bleu, Loop 38, and Transitory Sound and Movement Collective.
Ino Aksentiev (they/them) is a multi-instrumentalist composer, improviser, and sound engineer based in Baltimore. They were born in Moscow, grew up in the United States and their art explores themes of intersectionality, the end of humanity, and the cognitive dissonance of belonging to two countries while belonging in neither. [linktree]