Day & Taxi was formed in 1988 by Swiss soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio. By 1994, the group had performed in Canada, Russia, the Baltic States and extensively in Switzerland. After some time apart Day & Taxi has resurfaced with a new personnel and a new repertoire of original compositions (mostly by Gallio). Gallio's compositional style embodies a mixture of contemporary new music and jazz. But the extra, important ingredient of the group is their improvisations, which are based around abstract and plastic visions.
The DC Improvisers Collective is a quartet exploring the intersection of jazz, contemporary composition and experimental music. Their current lineup features Ben Azzara (drums), Daniel Barbiero (bass), Jonathan Matis (guitar), and Mike Sebastian (reeds). These musicians come together from diverse backgrounds, bringing experience from performing in rock bands and jazz groups, as well as post-classical composition. With ears wide open, they craft intricate compositions on the fly. Although the common metaphor for group improvisation often seems to be conversation, this metaphor fails to capture the true real-time, simultaneous collaboration that fuels the work. Equal parts tightrope act and group meditation, the ensemble explores the fertile territory of surprise just beyond the boundary where words fail.
Official Website: http://dcic.alkem.org
Added by j_matis on June 1, 2006