gaucimusic presents:

Friday July 27th

8pm Cooper Moore / Stephen Gauci Duo

w/ Cooper Moore – piano
Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone

9:15pm Sandra Sprecher / Andrew Drury / Briggan Krauss / Johah Rosenberg

w/ Sandra Sprecher – piano
Andrew Drury – drums

Briggan Krauss – saxophone
Johan Rosenberg – misc. handmade instruments

Saturday July 28th

8pm Cooper Moore / Stephen Gauci Duo

w/ Cooper Moore – piano
Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone

9:15pm Billy Mintz / Lena Bloch / Roberta Piket
w/ Lena Bloch – tenor saxophone
Roberta Piket – piano
Billy Mintz – drums

**Sandra Sprecher has been the Artistic Director of The Firehouse Space, a popular venue in Williamsburg, it had six successful seasons, which fea-tured cutting edge creative jazz, experimental and contemporary music as well as video/electro-acoustic multimedia. Currently a new building is under-way and will feature a community of artists called Firehouse Collective.
She is a composer, sound designer, pianist and videographer. She has writ-ten an extensive variety of instrumental and vocal music and as pianist, has performed and recorded many works throughout Europe and the USA, She has had projects funded by the Fromm Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Meet the Composers, NYFA, and NYSCA. In addition, she has also worked on numerous projects as pianist, music director, composer, and sound designer for The Medicine Show Theater and has composed music for a variety of dancers and videographers. She received her DMA in Composition from Co-lumbia University, MM in Composition from Indiana University School of Mu-sic and an Artist’s Diploma in piano performance from Ecole Normale de Mu-sique in Paris, France.
Some recent projects include Monteverde Memories, Back Flashes and Water which are fixed media for improvisation. Break- Out is a piece for 2 pianos, electronics and whammy pedal, played by Sandra and Adam Tendler. Screaming Forest which is a large piece for multiple videos, sculptures and sound. Goin’ Down is a video Installation consisting of 6 adult and 2 child people with video heads. The piece was an installation in Le Petit Versailles Garden in NYC. Break- Out 2014 is a piece for 2 pianos, electronics and whammy pedal, played by Sandra and Adam Tendler. She is currently work-ing on a new series of memory pieces for various ensembles including an up-coming version with Percussion, String Quartet, Guitar and Piano. As a pia-nist she is focusing on a variety of improvisational settings as well as tradi-tionally notated contemporary music. Recent programs have included: Mor-ton Feldman’s Two Pieces for Two Pianos, Two Pianos, Vertical Thoughts I, Brown’s Three Pieces for Solo Piano and Twenty-Five played by prerecorded tracks and 2 live performers, Noveletta by Sylvan Bussotti, Bach Prelude and Fugue in f# minor Book II and a minor Book I. Ixion by Morton Feldman, Skrzat (Zikade) by Uros Rojko. Recent improvisations with Bonnie Kane, Satoshi Takeshi, Briggan Krauss, Dafna Naphtali, Cory Smythe, Jonah Ros-enberg, Leonid Galaganov, Angela Morris, Ben Stapp, Kenny Wollesen, Tony Scherr, Shoko Nagai, Chris Jones.**
**Andrew Drury is a percussionist, composer, improviser, bandleader, and advocate for the cause of adventurous music, musicians, and community.
Drury has worked with world-class artists, well-known and obscure, in 30 countries and on over 50 recordings. He is a pioneer in the area of extended techniques whose use of floor tom and timpani as wind instruments challenge the very notion of “percussion.”
Andrew has recorded eight cds as a bandleader and leads Content Provider, a quartet featuring Ingrid Laubrock, Briggan Krauss, and Brandon Seabrook. He also performs as a soloist, leads the Drum/Bridge 10tet, and collaborates with Stephanie Richards in the duo, Resonant Bodies. He has composed for ensembles of two to forty musicians and has done sound design for choreographers using field recordings and samples.
Drury is a member of several trios, including 1032K with Ku-umba Frank Lacy and Kevin Ray, the Deep Ecology Trio with Cristian Amigo and J. D. Parran, and Telepathic Television, with Robert Dick and 3D animator Joshue Ott. He has been a member of Jason Kao Hwang’s groups since 2004 and performs on eight of Hwang’s cds. He is a member of J. D. Parran’s all-clarinet (plus rhythm section) big band, the Dance Clarinets. Drury has also performed in duos with Jack Wright, Cooper-Moore, Kris Davis, Hank Roberts, Jessica Lurie, Yoni Kretzmer, Darius Jones, Dana Reason, and others. Drury is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Continuum Culture & Arts, a non-profit organization that runs the Soup & Sound House Concert Series, the Different Track Recordings label, and the Drum/Bridge education program, among other endeavors. As an educator he has led workshops and master classes at fifteen universities on three continents. He has led over 1,500 workshops in schools, prisons, museums, homeless shelters, Indian reservations, remote villages in Nicaragua and Guatemala, and with Kurdish refugees in Germany. In 2000 the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation identified him as “one of the most skilled and experienced community artists in America” when he was chosen to lead a six-month “Millennium Project” residency with the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin**


**In an extraordinary career spanning nearly 40 years, drummer Billy Mintz has played with some of the biggest names in the jazz and pop worlds. Mr. Mintz was born in Queens, New York in 1947. By the age of 15 he was firmly entrenched in several of the show bands of the Catskill Mountain resorts, and as his musicianship developed he would eventually tour with jazz artists such as Lee Konitz, Eddie Daniels, Harold Danko, Mike Garson, Mose Allison, Mark Murphy, and the Kim Richmond Sextet. He also toured and recorded extensively with Bobby Shew. At the same time, his credentials grew in the pop arena, leading to tours with Juliette Prowse, James Darren, Gloria Gaynor, and a stint with the show band for the Merv Griffin Show. In 1986, Mr. Mintz toured Japan with the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (having relocated to Los Angeles in 1981). In 1988 he toured Europe with saxophone great Charles Lloyd, and from 1989 to 1995 he performed with the Alan Broadbent Trio**
**As a long-time disciple of Lee Konitz, Lena Bloch is an improviser, dedicated to spontaneity and precision. She has collaborated with former students of Lennie Tristano: Connie CrothersTed BrownHarvey Diamond, Joe Solomon, Charles Sibirsky, as well as with younger players like herself, who are contributing to the development of the tradition of spontaneous improvising and open musical communication: Roberta PiketDan TepferBrad Linde, Sarah Hughes and others.
During her first years in Brooklyn Lena was featured in the “Four Extraordinary Women In Jazz” workshop/performance (with Connie Crothers) and in the Lester Young 100’s Birthday Concert (with Ted Brown and Chris Byars, Smalls Jazz Club). She was a frontman in Vishnu Wood Quartet (2008-2014) and performed with this group at several festivals (with Vishnu Wood, James Weidman, Bertha Hope, Makaya MacCraven, R J Miller). Lena has been a part of Lady Got Chops festival (NY State) with groups led by Mala WaldronSumi TonookaKim Clarke. Other musicians Lena has worked with, are Arturo O’Farrill, George Schuller, Putter Smith, Bill Wurtzel, Scott Wendholt and many others.
In 2014 Lena Bloch was invited as a soloist with New York Chamber Players Orchestra, performing the concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra by Eric Koenig at the Merkin Concert Hall.
5 years ago Lena’s own project came to life, when she met the nucleus of her recent quartet: bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Billy Mintz, both stellar musicians with tremendous experience and deep understanding of music. With these colleagues and a very talented young guitarist from Chicago, Dave Miller, Lena recorded her first album as a leader. The album “Feathery” was top-rated in Downbeat Magazine, Pop Culture Classics, Jazz Inside Magazine, New York City Jazz Record, France Musique, Canadian Audiophile, Music Charts Magazine – and was voted the best debut release of 2014 by Dan Morgenstern, as well as one of the top 10 Jazz Albums 2014 (Just Jazz, USA) and top 50 Jazz Albums 2014 (JazzLinks, Austria-Germany).
After Miller’s departure from NYC, Lena’s quartet took a different turn, when in 2014 pianist and composer Russ Lossing joined the group. Lena Bloch Quartet, called Feathery, has been performing regularly since then, presenting original music, written by Lena and Russ. The quartet has performed in various New York City and Brooklyn concert spaces and jazz clubs, has released its album “Heart Knows” in 2017 (Fresh Sound Records) and was selected to perform at the showcase for the 40th National Chamber Music Conference in NYC (2018).**

**Pianist/composer Roberta Piket is one of a handful of New York musicians who is respected for both her swinging and inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as her powerful and sensitive work in creative improvised music. For Roberta, there are no genre boundaries, only exceptional music to be made.

Roberta has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Billy Mintz, Harvey Wainapel, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra and has thrice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. She has also performed with some of the most interesting musicians in European and American creative music, including drummers Klaus Kugel and Billy Mintz, and saxophonists Petras Vysniauskas, Roby Glod and Louie Belogenis.**


**As a composer, performer, instrument builder/designer, storyteller, teacher, mentor, and organizer, Cooper-Moore has been a major, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, catalyst in the world of creative music for over 40 years. As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant jazz music date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early/mid-70s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 – the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. A studio recording of this group was made in 1977, and issued as Birth of a Being on hatHut under Ware’s name in 1979 (re-mixed and re-issued in expanded form on AUM Fidelity in 2015!). Following an evidently rather trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris, and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and completely destroyed his piano, with sledgehammer and fire, in his backyard. He didn’t play piano again until some years after, instead focusing his energies from 1981-1985 on developing and implementing curriculum to teach children through music via the Head Start program. Returning to New York in 1985, he spent a great part of his creative time working and performing with theatre and dance productions, largely utilizing his hand-crafted instruments. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his group In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore’s pianistic gifts were again regularly featured in the jazz context. In the early ‘aughts the group Triptych Myth was his own first regular working jazz group in decades and together they blazed some trails and released two albums: one rich formative, and one exquisite. A destined creative re-union with David S. Ware in the Planetary Unknown quartet, the Digital Primitives trio with Assif Tsahar & Chad Taylor, and continued work with William Parker followed. Cooper-Moore’s creative life continues well-strong and unabated into the present day. He will be/was the Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 22nd iteration of Vision Festval, NYC on May 29, 2017.**
Stephen Gauci is recognized as one of the most distinctive and enigmatic saxophonists on the New York City improvised music scene.

Stricken by a childhood illness that has left him with a profound hearing loss, Gauci was drawn to the clear, deep, tone of the tenor saxophone. This was the fist step in a lifelong relationship with, and investigation of tone, timbre, and especially.. voice. The nature of Gauci’s hearing loss are that outer sounds require of him the utmost level of concentration and focus. The flip side, however, is that inner sounds, and the inner voice, are magnified… crystal clear and singing. The intense outward focus developed as a result of Gauci’s hearing impairment has been turned inward like a laser to illuminate, and manifest, the inner voice.

Gauci has performed with many of today’s leading improvisers including Nels Cline, Karl Berger, Kenny Wessel, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, George Garzone, Nate Wooley, Roy Campbell Jr., William Parker, Steve Swell, Mike Bisio, Kirk Knuffke, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tim Daisey, Dave Rempis.

Stephen currently resides in Brooklyn where he runs the “Bushwick Improvised Music Series” , performing every monday night with his quartet featuring Sandy Ewen, Adam Lane, and Kevin Shea, and presenting weekly concerts featuring many of today’s current and future ground-breaking improvisers.

July 27th & 28th, 2018

$15 music cover
@ happylucky no.1
734 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216


Upcoming Concerts:

August 3rd Mara Rosenbloom & Stephen Gauci / Steve Swell & Mark Segger

August 4th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Brian Settles, Neil Podgurski, Chad Taylor

August 10th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Guillermo Gregorio, Omar Tamez

August 11th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Zach Nestel-Pat Quartet

August 17th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / TBD

August 18th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Briggan Krauss Ensemble

August 24th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Eric Plaks, Sean Conly, Jon Panikkar

August 25th Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci / Nick Sanders, Henry Fraser, Connor Baker