Review

Michael Rabinowitz’s supremacy with his bassoon impressed me a few years ago when I first caught his “Bassoon in the Wild” playing in New Jersey. Listening to his music is enrapturing as he flies easily from classical to jazz. With his intense demeanor, he has been called by great musicians such as Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis, and Joe Lovano among many others. On Chamber Quintet Rabinowitz’s rank offers us a friendly oddball as well as a superb lyricism dotted with virility.  From “Abyss to Source”

Rabinowitz’s bassoon summons a broad emotional range of sounds.

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez

Photos by Paula Kelly
bassoon in the wild

The Band - Bassoon in the Wild
Improvising quartet - jazz standards, blues & original compositions.

MICHAEL RABINOWITZ , bassoon

DIANA HEROLD - vibraphonist, marimbist, percussionist
Diana Herold received her two graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory and Rice University respectively.

Equally adept at performing both improvised and non-improvised music, Herold has worked with composers and musicians such as Yo Yo Ma, Lou Harrison (with the Mark Morris Dance Group), Anthony Davis and Buddy DeFranco. She has performed as a featured soloist and as a percussionist with several larger new music groups and orchestras, including the Discovery Orchestra, the BMI Orchestra, Muhal Richard Abrams, Butch Morris, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Her performances have taken her throughout Europe, Central America, the United States, and Canada (where she attended the Banff Centre for the Arts. Diana can be heard on recordings with They Might Be Giants, Tony Trischka, Sam Rivers, Fred Ho, Rob Henke, and Chuck Clark. Diana leads her own jazz group featuring her own compositions.

GRISHA ALEXIEV - drums

Grisha Alexiev has been playing drums and writing music for 30 years. His performance experience with such varied artists as Archie Bell, Ken Werner, Sinfonia of Auckland (New Zealand), Sam Rivers, Randy Weston, Marty Ehrlich, Julius Hemphill, John Cage, Arnett Cobb, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, and Richard Stoltzman, has given him a unique and impressive style. As a composer, Alexiev has been commissioned by dance companies and is recorded on The Jazz Club and Mapleshade Labels.

While a student at New England Conservatory of Music, Alexiev was honored with the Presser Award, a grant given annually to the most promising student at each of the conservatories in the United States. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Performance Grant, and he has received several Meet the Composer Grants.

He is co-founder (with Neal Kirkwood) of the Discovery Orchestra, (with Sam Bardfeld) The Atomic Strings, and leads his own 11-piece group, No Western Shirts.

JOE FONDA - bass

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Joe Fonda received his musical training from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied composing and arranging.

He is the organizer and producer of the Joe Fonda Ensemble which has performed throughout the United States, and is the recipient of many grants from Meet the Composer Foundation. In March and April, he performed with Brenda Buffalino and Company at Town Hall in New York; toured Europe with the Fonda/Stevens Group; and toured Portugal with Carlo Morena and Jeff Hershfield. In Spring, he toured with the Fonda/Stevens Group in Holland, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.

He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and at the Istanbul Jazz Festival in Turkey. As a bassist, Joe has performed all over the world with ensembles and orchestras; and he has more than 25 recordings to his credit.

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