Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014
The Respect Sextet will bring their improvisational jazz talents to Geneva on Thursday, Feb. 6. Hosted by the Colleges department of music, The Respect Sextet is a New York City-based group, originally formed in 2001 at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, N.Y. Respect Sextet will be performing at 8 p.m., in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The concert is free and open to the public.
The group describes itself as "a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics" and is comprised of Eli Asher (trumpet), James Hirschfeld (trombone), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio), and Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion).
They have been named "one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz" by Signal to Noise, and The New York Times noted, "The Respect Sextet stamps ambitious music with a smart-alecky affect, ranging broadly from the antic to the deadpan."
Their latest album is "Respect in Yule" (Mode/Avant 2012). In 2010, Respect released "Farcical Built For Six," a special digital-only release and the group's first original studio album since their 2003 debut. Respect's 2009 release, "Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet play the music of Sun Ra & Stockhausen," (Mode/Avant), was called "one of the most compelling recordings of the year" by the Wall Street Journal and filed under "Love It" in Newsweek Magazine ("an out-of-this-world pairing").
More information is on their website: http://www.respectsextet.com/