Music: Hofbauer/Olson/Pingrey (H/O/P), Composers Saxophone Quartet

Sun Sept 11, 2016
Doors 2:30 PM, Music begins at 3:00 PM. ($10)

Hofbauer/Olson/Pingrey is a new chamber ensemble created by three Boston-area jazz musicians, Eric Hofbauer, Kathy Olson, and Randy Pingrey. H/O/P was initially created in a spontaneous moment of inspiration for Mark Redmond’s Mandorla Music series and is loosely inspired by Jimmy Giuffre and his experiments with small groups in the 50’s and 60’s.

“As a saxophonist I’m sure that I’m not alone in thinking that there’s something really special about playing in the quartet setting. We experience it to a certain extent playing as one of a group of five saxes in a big band. But playing just with other saxes without a rhythm section is like nothing else. You can hear everyone’s sound so clearly and the nuances are not missed. It’s like a living breathing organism we bring to life as a group.”

For jazz musicians it’s a different challenge to write something that will support an improvising soloist without a standard rhythm section and the composers who have written for us have approached this in a variety of ways. All the saxophonists in the quartet are also excellent improvisers and most of the pieces we play incorporate improvisation, showcasing the band’s ability to really swing without the need of a rhythm section.


Gallery 263
263 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA

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