Louie Belogenis, Billy Mintz & Roberta Piket

    Live Music
    Friday July 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

    $18.00 in advance / $20.00 day of
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    Drawing upon musics from diverse traditions, the trio of Louie Belogenis (saxophones), Roberta Piket (piano), and Billy Mintz (drums) seamlessly weaves ideas together as if performing a sacred ceremony, while at other times reflecting the overwhelming abundance of everyday life. Having played together for almost five years, they have forged a unique language of their own based on their profound immersion in music and their trust in one another. With no pre-existing structures or ideas, their willingness to listen deeply to each other results in a highly structured interplay that can best be described as improvised chamber music.

    About the Musicians

    Roberta Piket is one of a handful of New York musicians who is respected for both her swinging, inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as her powerful, sensitive work in creative improvised music. For Roberta, there are no genre boundaries, only the opportunity to make exceptional music. Roberta has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Lionel Hampton, Valery Ponomarev, Eliot Zigmund, and Urszula Dudziak and has thrice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on NPR. She has performed with some of the most interesting musicians in European and American creative music, including drummer Klaus Kugel, saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas, bassist Hilliard Greene and trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr.

    Louie Belogenis thinks of the flow of music as representing the language of being alive. An adventurous and risk-taking improvisor, he nevertheless values luminosity over virtuosity. Attempting to play always from an open heart his challenge is to spontaneously improvise over compositions created in the moment. Viewing changes as nothing more than continuity he embraces spacious, yet intimate, relationships with his musical partners who have ranged from free jazz legend Rashied Ali to downtown icon John Zorn.

    Billy Mintz was born in Queens, New York. During his formative years in New York, he played and recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet, Kundalini with Perry Robinson and Badal Roy, the Eddie Daniels Quartet, and pop icon Gloria Gaynor. In 1981 Mr. Mintz relocated to Los Angeles where he was a member of the Bobby Shew Quintet, the Alan Broadbent Trio and the Vinny Golia Quartet. He also toured Europe with saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Since 2003 Mr. Mintz has lived in New York where he has recorded and performed with the Hal Galper Trio, the Mark Feldman-Sylvie Courvoisier Quartet and others. He also leads a ten-piece ensemble (the Two Bass Band) and has performed numerous solo drum set concerts worldwide.