Sunday, December 30 -- 3 to 5p
Citta di Vitti
During November and December 2006, Phillip Greenlief composed around 40 melodic fragments while watching the films L'Avventura, L'Eclisse, and Deserto Rosso, all films by Michelangelo Antonioni, featuring Monica Vitti. With the sound turned off at the time Greenlief imagined that he was writing his own soundtrack for the films.
Film music by various Italian film composers from the 1960's (Giovanni Fusco, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota). Films by Antonioni, Fellini, Leone, De Sica, Bertolucci, Visconti, Rossellini, Olmi. Inspiration courtesy of Moms Greenlief, Bartok, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Jon Raskin, Herb Alpert, Angelo Badalamente, John Zorn, Bernard Hermann, Graham Connah, Migs, Paolo Angeli, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Peter Sellers, Dumbo the Elephant, James Joyce, Cocina Italiana, molto espresso, scrabble tournaments, more...
Phillip Greenlief: alto saxophone
Lisa Mezzacappa: contrabass
Jason Levis: drums
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Added by redhillbooks on December 16, 2007
Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970’s, Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his work with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. His ever-evolving relationship with the saxophone unfolds with an expansive sound vocabulary, extreme dynamic range, a deep regard for melody and form, and a rollicking humor and wit that is not dissimilar to the Native American Coyote tales.
Greenlief’s recordings and performances have received critical acclaim in many national jazz publications (Down Beat, Jazz Times, 5/4, Cadence, Modern Saxophone, All About Jazz, The Los Angeles Times, etc.), as well as residing on many Critics Top 10 lists. His duo recordings of improvised music with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola received 5 stars in the 1999 Music Hound Jazz Essential Album Guide. Phillip is the founder of Evander Music, an independent record label that presents original composition, improvised music and new jazz.