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June 22 • 03:08 PM
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IMPROVISATIONAL JAZZ Concert June 23


06/22/2012 - The LAM trio mixes improvisation with new age jazz orientated sounds creating an energizing uplifting sound of its own. KEN LOVELETT on percussion, GUS MANCINI , a master of improvisational jazz,on keyboards and electric sax and JOHNNY ASIA on guitar.JOHNNY ASIA is regarded as one of the finest guitarists to date. Johnny Asia was born and raised in Chicago, where he taught himself to play guitar by listening to records of Chicago blues men, including Ravi Shankar and flamenco, rock and jazz guitarists. Rooted in the rich Chicago electric blues scene, Johnny got his first break playing in the band of blues pianist Big Moose Walker, who encouraged Johnny to, "keep on playin' man, you've got a lot to say." Johnny moved to New York City in 1970, where he broadened his musical horizons. He worked with microtonal composer and clarinetist Harold Seletsky and numerous jazz and rock musicians, including Phoebe Legere, avant-garde guitarist Dom Minasi, soprano saxophonist Joe Giardullo and drummer Tony Thompson. Johnny moved to Woodstock, New York in 1992, where he continues his quest for music and mysticism, following his heart and living his dream."Johnny's music is universal in the truest sense of the term. It embraces the musics of this world and anticipates those yet to be discovered in the future. In a concert at Pauline Oliveros Foundation's Gallery at Deep Listening Space, Johnny's riveting performance transported the audience across time to places MTV can only dream about." - multi-instrumentalist/composer/Hudson Valley legend Joe McPhee

GUS MANCINI co -produced and performed The Hawk Project. One of the leading contemporary Native American Jazz Ensembles in the country which he hosted for 6years, The Native American Day of thanks at The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, NYC. In 1975 Mancini established the Brooklyn Conservatory Jazz music program and lectured on the directions of world music at Oxford University, The Royal Conservatory in England, and The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin Ireland.Gus has studied and performed with many of the Jazz elite, including Kenny Durham and Abdul Malik.

Ken Lovelett creates, builds and plays his own unique percussion and sound instruments. He is co-owner and producer of Sonart Recording Studio, which is located in Mt. Tremper, New York. Ken 's percussion sounds can by heard on works as diverse as The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Sprinstein and Pete Seeger) and Green Sparrow (a solo album by Mike Gordon, the bassist from Phish). Ken has appeared on records or in live performances for artists and groups that have included James Taylor, David Bromberg, John Wesley Harding, Karl Berger, Joe Beck, Warren Bernhardt, Lou Soloff, Livingston Taylor, REM, and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra. You can learn more about Ken's work by visiting www.americanpercussion.com.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m.; 7 p.m. to tour The Gallery 128 Main St. Stamford. For more information, call 607-652-4030

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