Monday, July 6, 2015

Celebrate Independence Day with Jorge Sylvester's ACE Collective, tomorrow, in NY

Celebrate Independence Day with Jorge Sylvester ACE (Afro Caribbean Experimental) Collective Extended Edition on Tuesday, July 7 at Jazz Tuesdays in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway).  There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30 pm.  Call 212-222-5159 for advanced sales and information.

The ACE Collective is a group of improvising musicians created and led by saxophonist/composer/arranger Jorge Sylvester. An extension of the ACE Trio (alto saxophone, electric bass and drums), the ACE Collective includes three additional independent rhythmic and melodic elements: the voice, trumpet and piano expanding its harmonic colors, its scope of sound and its textural capacity. The music is original, new and experimental and draws from the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, jazz and the free music art forms.

The Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective is:
   Jorge Sylvester - Alto Saxophone and Compositions
   Nora McCarthy - Voice and Compositions
   Waldron Mahdi Ricks - Trumpet
   Jay Rodriguez - Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet  
   Pablo Vergara - Piano
   Marvin Sewell - Electric Guitar
   Gene Torres - Electric Bass
   Kenny Grohowski - Drums

A native of Colon, Republic of Panama, Sylvester's original compositions are indicative of the vast cultural mixture that is Central America. The ACE Collective utilizes the rich spectrum of rhythms from the Caribbean and other Latin American countries as a vehicle to create new and undiscovered rhythmic melodic lines within the jazz tradition. Collective and free improvisation is an essential part of the concept utilizing juxtaposition and retrograde as main components of the experimentation.

Afro-Caribbean rhythms and their relationship to the avant-garde music form have not been documented. Unlike the work of composers such as Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and others who used Afro-Caribbean rhythms in their works without experimenting with their rhythmic pulse, the compositional structure of the music of the ACE Collective goes beyond an absolute interpretation, and delves deeper into the core of the rhythms breaking them down and expanding the pulse into a myriad of complex configurations that tap into the original primal properties of the music itself, reflecting its history and its origin, unraveling its many transmutations and adaptations over time and discovering new possibilities and applications within the tradition itself that are related to the avant-garde.

The poetry reflects the message of the compositions by telling the story of each piece and its historic relevance to the music adding an important educational dimension. Other compositions that are significant to the history of jazz music are also occasionally introduced into the performance highlighting certain lesser known but meaningful composers from the Caribbean.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for advanced sales and information. For more about "Jazz Tuesdays",check out our website at

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University  Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00and 9:30 p.m.

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