John Zorn's Stone Commissioning Series presents: Ingrid Laubrock
6pm doors • 7pm show
New Music. New Jazz. Curated by John Zorn.
The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue non-profit venue that was “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde” and served as a vital spot for new music in Manhattan’s Alphabet City for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of the Stone, hosting the world premiere of new works.
This month’s concert features internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock, a frequent collaborator with Anthony Braxton and the winner of the BBC’s Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004.
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds. She has worked with Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richards Abrams, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates’s Human Chain, the Continuum Ensemble, Wet Ink and many others.
Laubrock‘s main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, the Ingrid Laubrock Septet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include Paradoxical Frog, the Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo and Crump/Smythe/Laubrock. She is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’s Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces and Luc Ex’s Assemblée. She was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.
Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize, the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award, and Downbeat’s Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Soprano Saxophone (2015) and Rising Star Tenor Saxophone (2018). Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for Jazz Quintet and dancers (Covent Garden Opera 2006), Nonet Music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, Octet for SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011, Echo for SZOctet (A L’Arme Festival 2015), and chamber orchestra pieces Vogelfrei (ACO/Tricentric Foundation 2014), Contemporary Chaos Practices (moers festival 2017), and Chants II (Wet Ink 2018).
Laubrock was Improviser in Residence in 2012 for the German city of Moers. The post was created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this, she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools. Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, CalArts, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Baruch College, the University of Michigan, the University of Newcastle, and many others.