gaucimusic presents:

Friday August 17th

8pm Cooper Moore / Stephen Gauci Duo

w/ Cooper Moore – piano
Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone

9:15pm Avram Fefer – saxophones
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Adam Lane – bass

Vijay Anderson – drums

Saturday August 18th

8pm Cooper Moore / Stephen Gauci Duo

w/ Cooper Moore – piano
Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone

9:15pm Briggan Krauss / Hans Tammen / Eli Rojas

**Avram Fefer is a New York-based composer, improviser, bandleader and player of multiple woodwinds. He has appeared on eleven CD’s as a leader, many more as a sideman, and has performed in clubs and festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East.
You may have heard him alongside Archie Shepp, Bobby Few, the Last Poets, or the David Murray Big Band. You may have also seen him perform in off-Broadway productions such as Ivo Van Hove’s “Streetcar Named Desire” or Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song”.  
He is actively involved in ensembles comprised of anywhere from two to thirty musicians, playing music that ranges from classic jazz to original and avant-garde composition, free improvisation, conducted orchestral music, and a variety of North and West African music.
He maintains a presence in the world of  jazz fusion, dance, afro-beat, funk, and  hip-hop, including collaborations with DJ’s and members of the house music scene. As a bandleader, he is at the helm of two electric groups — Big Picture HolidayRivers on Mars; and several acoustic groups —the Avram Fefer Trio, the Fefer-Keiper Connection, and the Nuju 4tet.
Avram enjoys collaborations of all sorts, including with poets, dancers, painters, filmmakers, theater directors, and digital sound designers. He is the creator and featured performer of the Resonant Sculpture Project, a unique international series of solo musical interactions with the large-scale works of world-renowned sculptor Richard Serra. 
He is also a long-term member of Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar Arkestra, and Adam Rudolph’s Go:Organic Orchestra.**
**Pianist, violist, and composer Aruán Ortiz – born in Santiago de Cuba, and resident of Brooklyn, NY – has been an active figure in the US progressive jazz and avant-garde scene for more than 15 years.
Named “one of the most creative and original composers in the world” (Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge), he has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films, incorporating influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation. Aruán consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries. **
**Saxophonist and composer Briggan Krauss connects the extreme edges of saxophone technique with the unexplored tonal possibilities of the instrument, making his work as much about shape as it is about a signature sound.
As a leader, Krauss recorded multiple albums for Knitting Factory records, including the critically acclaimed 300 with Wayne Horvitz on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. Red Sphere was released in 2008 on Skirl Records with his trio H-Alpha (Ikue Mori on laptop, Jim Black on drum set and percussion) and features a unique atmosphere of collective improvisation where spectral lines of sound are emitted and absorbed in the moment. His most recent releases are his first solo saxophone recordings called Art of the Saxophone Vol. 1: The Tunnel Recordings and Art of the Saxophone Vol. 2: The Studio Recordings which document the unique and innovative ways that he approaches improvisation and the saxophone. Produced by the legendary saxophonist Skerik, these recordings finds Krauss exploring the unusual sonic features of the cavernous Mt. Baker I-90 pedestrian tunnel in Seattle, WA, and also in the recording studio blending harmonics and employing multi-phonics on the saxophone. These recordings also highlights the signature towel-mute Krauss invented along with the broad vocabulary of extended techniques he has created for its use. Art of the Saxophone Vol. 1: The Tunnel Recordings was chosen in The New York City Jazz Record magazine’s Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016 list.
Krauss has appeared on over fifty recordings as a sideman. His iconic voice has been a part of Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob from the band’s inception twenty years ago, spanning numerous European tours and a Grammy nomination for the 2006 Sexmob recording, “Sexotica”. He recorded with guitarist Bill Frisell on his Grammy winning album “Unspeakable” and performed in several shows produced by Hal Willner including tributes to Neil Young, Doc Pomus and Leonard Cohen. Highly sought after in the studio and on stage, he has worked with a diverse range of artists from John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Satoko Fuji and Anthony Coleman to Rufus Wainwright, Trey Anastasio, Antony and the band Medeski, Martin and Wood.**
**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, 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. 

August 17th & 18th 2018
$15 music cover
@ happylucky no.1
734 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Upcoming Concerts:

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

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