This post isn’t about painting or poetry, but about music that — in its own ways — enacts what those other arts do.
I’m referring to the music created by the Joel Forrester Five at the Shrine in New York City on June 29, 2017. The Five is Joel, piano and compositions; Michi Fuji, violin; Michael Irwin, trumpet; Dave Hofstra, string bass; Matthew Garrity, drums. I encourage you to enter in to the world of the Five, the bubbling of their collective imaginations.
DON’T ASK ME NOW:
SOME THINGS DON’T WORK OUT (a grieving masterpiece):
AFTER YOU, JOEL:
SILENT NIGHT BLUES:
If you missed this afternoon concert, do not fret; you can see and hear the Five on July 24 for another uptown gig. And an hour with the Five can be more (ful)filling than longer gigs with other ensembles.
I’ll let Joel explain it all in jocular style:
Monday July 24th is special! My new quintet, the JOEL FORRESTER FIVE, will play a ONE-HOUR gig, 6-7 pm, in a Central Harlem bar. …You say: we did that LAST week. Well, yes, we did; but this is a DIFFERENT bar. It’s call SILVANA (not to be confused with a 50s make of tv), 300 W.116th St. at Frederick Douglass Blvd. Take the C train to 116th. I just like playing with these folk in ANY circumstances: Mike Irwin on trumpet and Michi Fuji on violin. And SILVANA is a jolly joint. [I recall that a close friend who’s an animator became himself quite animated when a Forrester band last played SILVANA, two years in arrears.]
May your happiness increase!