*An ancillary event of The Crossing's Month of Moderns 2013: *The Gulf (between you and me)
To introduce Santa Fe composer Chris Jonas (whose new work for The Crossing will be premiered June 23), The Crossing will present his ensemble Sun Spits Cherries, a remarkable combination of instruments—saxophone, two trombones, and percussion—treated masterfully in his compositional hands to the affect that they seem to form a much larger group. Jonas’ style combines energetic outbursts with soft and sentimental passages; neither pure improvisation, nor entirely composed, Sun Spits Cherries braids written music, cues and conducting techniques to layer and juxtapose different subtle and startling notions of space, color, timbre, and a interaction.
Started in New York City in 1997, the Sun Spits Cherries consists of soprano saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The group members are:
Chris Jonas, soprano saxophone
Chris DiMeglio, trumpet and voice
Christopher McIntyre, tenor trombone
Andrew Barker, percussion
"A deeply nuanced world—distinctive, accessible, simple and achingly beautiful." —Michael Kremer, Jazziz
"Chris Jonas’ remarkable composed suites [are] subtle breakthroughs and fantastic journeys." —Ann Powers, New York Times
Since moving to New Mexico from New York City in 2001, Chris Jonas has worked as a composer and installation/video artist, receiving commissions for large scale intermedia projects in the U.S. and abroad. Recent collaborations and commissions include works for the Santa Fe Opera, SITE Santa Fe, Crossing Choir, the EU Celebration of Culture, TILT Brass, Del Sol String Quartet, and the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology. As a performer, Jonas has worked extensively with Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, and his own ensemble, Sun Spits Cherries. Jonas has recorded over 40 albums and toured cities worldwide as a performer, guest conductor and composer. He has taught at Wesleyan University, the College of Santa Fe and Institute of American Indian Arts. Jonas is co-founder of the arts-in-community non-profit Littleglobe (Santa Fe) and is president of New York City's Tri-Centric Foundation working with Anthony Braxton and surrounding community. He is the recipient of the 2009 United States Artists Simon Fellowship in music and the 2010 Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA award.
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Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 North American Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets, north of Market)
Philadelphia, PA 19106