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“Our artists endeavor towards producing works which will reveal the best that fearless and idealistic thinkers can achieve in art music.”
-Greg Osby

New York, NY (July 29, 2017) – On September 28th through the 30th Greg Osby’s independent and forward-thinking record label, Inner Circle Music (INCM), will present six of its compelling composer-bandleaders over a three day period at some of New York’s most vibrant and intimate listening rooms for creative music.
On September 28th at 7 PM at Matt Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab (18 Whitwel Place, Brooklyn, NY), three intrepid bandleaders will present their unique boundary-eschewing brands of improvised music.  Dubbed “a rising talent worth watching” by the New York Times, Violinist/composer Tomoko Omura will present her Roots Quintet, adapting folk melodies from her native Japan and original compositions to her unique modern jazz ethos. Omura’s band features Glenn Zaleski on piano, Jeff Miles on guitar, Noah Garabedian on bass, and Jay Sawyer on drums.  Virtuoso guitarist Kenji Herbert will then present his own compositions with a unique lineup, including Maeve Gilchrist on harp, the aforementioned Omura on violin, and fellow INCM artist Yuhan Su on vibraphone and malletkat.  Su, a rising vibraphone star (so recognized in the recent Critics Poll in Downbeat Magazine), from Taiwan, will round out the evening with a mixed-media collaborative project with the aforementioned violinist Tomoko Omura and Media Artist Poyen Wang.
On September 29th, vocalist/composer Aubrey Johnson and violinist/composer Lisanne Tremblay will each present their unique compositions and ensembles at the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan) at 8:30 and 10 PM, respectively.  One of the leading contemporary voices of her generation, Johnsonrecently recorded her debut album for Inner Circle Music, and incorporates jazz improvisation, Brazilian music, and wordless vocal compositions in her musical palette.  Her band includes Alex Goodman on guitar, Michael Sachs on woodwinds, Matthew Sheens on piano, Matt Aranoff on bass, and Jeremy Noller on drums.  Having recently relocated from Canada to New York City, Tremblay is a noted violinist who has made waves re-thinking the violin’s role in an improvising context, as evidenced on her first Inner Circle release, Violinization. The Café charges a $10 cover and $10 minimum per person, which entitles attendees access to both sets.
On September 30th at 8 PM, pianist/composer Jason Yeager, whose recent Inner Circle release United (with violinist Jason Anick) received a 4.5-star review in Downbeat, will present new original compositions inspired by the writing of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller at Manhattan’s the cell theatre (338 West 23rd Street, Manhattan) along with a septet of superb musicians. The band includes fellow Inner Circle artist Yuhan Su on vibraphone, Noah Halpern on trumpet, Lucas Pino on tenor saxophone/bass clarinet/flute, Peter Nelson on trombone, Kevin Hailey on bass, and Reggie Quinerly on drums.
Wrote Ben Ratliff (New York Times) of Osby and Inner Circle Music, “Recording and releasing new albums by other artists he admires…he is a walking recommendation engine…It's from [Osby’s] bandstands that I first learned about some of the better New York jazz musicians of the last 10 years: the pianist Jason Moran, the drummers Rodney Green and Eric Harland, the bassists Tarus Mateen and Matt Brewer.”

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