Peter Evans Quintet
Taking jazz ensembles into the 21st century, the Peter Evans Quintet incorporates real-time sound processing with traditional instruments. These live electronics allow the group to change their sound fluidly from mellow tones to jagged rattling to cacophonous reverberation. The quintet draws on traditional jazz idioms as source material and contorts them into something resembling classical European avant-garde—complete with complex rhythms played with pinpoint accuracy and confounding extended techniques.
Peter Evans Quintet:
- Peter Evans (trumpets/compositions)
- Ron Stabinsky (piano)
- Tom Blancarte (bass)
- Jim Black (drums)
- Sam Pluta (live electronics)
The Peter Evans Quintet has been performing since 2009, and has played in New York, as well as toured internationally. In 2010, they performed commissioned music at the historic Donaueschingen Musiktage festival in Germany. The group embarked on a full European tour in 2012. The album Ghosts was released to wide critical acclaim in 2011 on Evans’ More is More label. It was at the top of best-of-the-year lists worldwide and has continued to garner praise. In late 2011, Evans was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation and Roulette Intermedium in New York to present a set of new pieces. The quintet premiered four new pieces, which will be expanded upon, performed, and recorded at EMPAC.
“I start with adjectives: amazing, abrasive, excessive, overwhelming, amazing, extreme, revolutionary, incendiary...”
—Carlos Perez Cruz, El Club de Jazz, Madrid
“For this group [Evans] has written pieces that merge articulately composed sections—everyone, including the drummer, sight-reading his way through the staccato tone rows and sudden changes of tempo—with melodic free improvisation on grooves and vamps.... He wove this all together into an unbroken set of music, making a fledgling band at a tiny place bring a dramatic arc to a huge amount of information.”
—Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“Ghosts is a modern classic of the future.”
—Mark Corroto, All About Jazz