The superb tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch is ready to make her first CD in May 2012 with Dave Miller, Cameron Brown, and Billy Mintz. If you haven’t heard Lena play, the company she keeps should indicate her worth: Mal Waldron, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Ted Brown, Michael Kanan, Evgeny Sivtsov, Kenny Werner, Brad Linde, Joel Press . . .
To learn more about Lena’s history, her compositions — to hear and see her play — click here.
Here she is in May 2011 in duet with Evgeny on EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME:
I am delighted that she is finally going to allow her music to be heard beyond YouTube videos and club dates. But such enterprises need a little help from friends . . .
In another world, Lena would be the happy recipient of a substantial government grant — but such things aren’t easy to come by in 2012, especially if you are “a foreign artist without a home country.”
So she has begun the most modest campaign on Kickstarter — to raise $2000 for the disc. (I’ve never seen a campaign that started with contributions of five dollars — something that speaks to Lena’s essential modesty and humility.) As always with Kickstarter, there are a variety of “rewards,” depending on how much one can contribute to the project. All the money will go to pay the musicians, for studio time, mixing and mastering costs. (Did I say that the CD has the clever title of UNFOREHEARD?)
The contributions are being handled through Amazon, so no one will be charged anything until the deadline, which is May 13. At 2 AM, to be exact.
The CD will feature improvising — individual and collective — on themes and freely . . . and it will be dedicated to Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh.
Lena Bloch and her music — what she is creating now and what she will create — deserve your attention and support.
May your happiness increase.