The David Arner Trio

The David Arner Trio

West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus

JAY ROSEN drums 

Pianist, percussionist and composer David Arner is a long time proponent of innovative music and spontaneous composition.  A resident of New York's Mid-Hudson valley, the Woodstock Times has hailed him as "one of the Valley's most consistently inventive and stimulating musical improvisors."  

Arner released his 1st CD, Solo Piano (Dogstar), in 2002.  The album documents Arner's ongoing series of spontaneous compositions for solo piano, both in concert and in the studio, applying his characteristic piano wizardry to a wide array of themes from mythology to the blues.  Paul Elisha of Northeast Public Radio said of this CD that Arner "holds and transports listeners through the incredible maze of his seemingly unflagging imagination."  David Arner's 2nd CD, Live from the Center (Dogstar 2005), features his solo piano music from one of his annual concerts at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck.   
Cadence Magazine's Frank Rubolino said of this CD that Arner is "an intense, introspective pianist who methodically constructs sound portraits of shattering dimensions...   Inspiration comes in waves of light… Arner is a discerning musician who retreats inwardly to project his obsessions externally. His process will transfix and awe."  

Arner is curator of the New Vanguard Series at Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY, which has presented improvisational and innovative jazz, as well as avant-garde "classical" music, and innovative world music every Thursday night since June 2003 (including its predecessor, New Directions in Jazz).  Has performed in the series about once a month.  
While well known for his solo work, Arner has played with bassists Michael Bisio, Adam Lane, Dominic Duval, Steve Rust, Chris Sullivan & John Voigt, drummers Harvey Sorgen, Dean Sharp, Brian Willson, Laurence Cook, Jackson Krall & Tatsuya Nakatani, horn players Avram Fefer, Joe Giardullo, Joe McPhee, Ras Moshe, Blaise Siwula & Dawid Kosiarkiewicz, violinists Rosi Hertlein & Michael Snow, cellists Tomas Ulrich and Martha Colby, trumpeters Matt Lavelle & Russ Johnson, trombonists David Taylor & Sarah Weaver, guitarists Dom Minasi, Rolf Sturm & Rich Rosenthal.   He has also collaborated with poets Chuck Stein, Mikhail Horowitz & Janine Vega. and choreographer Susan Osberg.
In May 2005 at the 4th Annual Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, Arner performed with Susan Osberg's Workwith Dancers Company.  At Bard College, where he served as Music Advisor for the dance department for 17 years (1981-98), he also composed pieces on a weekly basis for Albert Reid's and Aileen Passloff's choreography workshops.  His compositions for dances by Passloff (Screaming Flower, 1985), Reid (The Ritual, 1987) and the late Jeanette Leentvaar (Opus 36, 1988) have been presented in Caracas, Paris, and in New York at the Merce Cunningham Studio.  Other compositions for dance have included the music for Passloff's Phantom Crossings developed as composer-in-residence at Bard College (1998), and Elaine Colandrea's evening-length Fool's Journey presented at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (1999).   Arner also served as Music Director for Jacques d"Amboise's National Dance Institute in Arlington NY (1983-84).  
Arner has been active as a pianist, percussionist and composer performing throughout the country for over 25 years.  He has performed widely at such venues as the Knitting Factory (NYC), the Klienert Art Center (Woodstock), Music Mountain (CT), and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica) as well as several colleges.  He received a Jazz Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 as well as several Meet the Composer Performance Fund grants over the years.

David Arner is also recognized as a pioneer in the revitalization of live music for silent films.  He has been scoring and performing innovative music for classic silents since 1986, including such films as The Wind, The Last Laugh, Peter Pan and The General.  He has performed for films extensively throughout the country, including Upstate Films (Rhinebeck), the Knitting Factory and the American Museum of the Moving Image (NYC).
Arner is a graduate of Oberlin College.   He studied classical piano with Edna Golandsky, jazz piano with Dwike Mitchell, and balafon with Yaya Diallo.  He has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Bard College and is currently on the music faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Regarding the Michael Bisio Quartet, critic Derek Taylor says, " Musical partnerships this profound and productive simply shouldn't be allowed to atrophy or expire"  "Bisio's music is emanating from an internal glowing fire," says Rigobert Dittmann (Bad Alchemy).  "Bisio is a strong leader, who affords his band-mates room to move, but his projects also parley a focused  sense of direction, regardless of the overall scope and instrumentation," says Glenn Astarita (  
"With over a half dozen highly recommended sessions as leader, Bisio's work has been likened to David Izenzon, Charlie Haden and Mingus and for good reason. " says All About Jazz New York.
Michael Bisio has a well-deserved reputation as "important" (Cadence Magazine), "distinctive" (NY Times) and "incredibly developed" (One Final Note).  He has worked with Joe McPhee, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stuart Dempster, Saadet Turkoz, Avram Fefer, Matthew Shipp, Pauline Oliveros, Sunny Murray and the Seattle Symphony.  An extraordinary musician with 30 albums released as leader or co-leader.
Bisio invariably astounds his audience with the beauty of his tone as well as the intensity of his very personal musical language.  He has received 4 stars from Downbeat, and Jazz Times has said that his music "resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity."  The New York Times has said the "his expressive touch is distinctive."  And Signal to Noise has said, "For years, free improvisers have explored the tactile aspect of performance, in which the nature of the encounter between the player and the instrument becomes the subject of the music itself.  Bisio is one of the few musicians that has managed to meld this high-concept sense of physicality with the soulful charge of jazz. His fiddle-high, scraped overtones create a tangled choir that is impossible to resist; his expressiveness with the bow is unmatched.  Having whirled the listener into a transportive state, he gently shows the way out..."

Extraordinary drummer Jay Rosen is considered to be one of the best improvisational percussionists on the scene today.  He has played on more than 45 recordings on the CIMP label alone, including his own Drums 'n Bugles, Song for Samuel, and with his quartet, Canticles for the New Millennium.  He has played with Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Dom Minasi, Mark Whitecage, Joe Giardullo, Bruce Eisenbeil and many more.  With Duval and McPhee, Rosen is the drummer in the long-standing Trio X, probably the best known free jazz ensemble in the world today.  CIMP will soon be releasing a 7-CD set of live Trio X performances.

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