Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions
Unique, unscripted musical improvisation — Earlier this year, a profoundly talented group of musical improvisors came together on the Sanctuary stage to produce a unique, unscripted evening of live music. Each talented performer brought a depth of experience to this moment of music making. Our patrons were blown away by the pure musicality and intimacy, noting how richly accessible this “singular” event was. Now, we are hosting the second event in our “Singularity” series, again bringing together some of the region’s best improvisors onto a single stage for an evening of delicious, sometimes surprising music making.
Musical improvisation is at the core of many musical traditions, from popular (rap battles) to folk (African griot songs), to even classical forms of music (Hindusthani raag, Turkish taksim). Improvisation isn’t random. On the contrary — musical improvisation requires a deep practice of being “in the moment” with music, with an instrument, with one’s voice, with a group or community. Many forms of musical improvisational practice are accompanied by some pedagogy, and although that may sound like a contradiction from the outset, great art flourishes within limitations and pedagogy around improvisation brings what could be a random act into an artistic and profoundly moving practice.
Possum Hall Music and Fugitive Productions are hosting this concert series Sanctuary. Tonight’s featured performers include:
Jerome Deupree — Jerome is best known for his work with the band Morphine. He subsequently played with Orchestra Morphine and Vapors of Morphine after the death of Mark Sandman. While a member of Vapors of Morphine, he toured Europe, Russia, and South America. Jerome is known for his funky approach and keen ear when playing with other musicians. He was a founding member of the jazz big band the Either Orchestra. He continues to play with Joe Morris in various ensembles, as well as past work with Patty Griffin, Catie Curtis, Jen Trynin, Merrie Amsterburg, James McMurtry, among others.
Burcu Gulec — Burcu is a Boston-based vocalist, composer, improvisor, and educator from Ankara, Turkey. She performed as a Turkish National Radio/Television soloist for three years before graduating from Berklee College of Music, later completing her Master’s degree at New England Conservatory as a recipient of Gunther Schuller Medal. In 2021, she received the “Emerging Artist Award” from St. Botolph Club in Boston, MA.
Neil Kruszkowski — Neil recalls being moved to tears by the sound of the church organ and accompanying music when he was six years old. Music has been at the core of his life’s work from that day forward. Since then, he has been happily interacting with musicians all over the world. Polkas. Standards. Free. Pop. Metal. Jazz. Blues. Ambient. His high school yearbook quote reads, “Let’s Jam!” — and so he does.
Fabio Pirozzolo — Fabio is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums, tamburello, and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques. Throughout his musical career, Fabio has performed in virtually any style of music from jazz to world music to rock. He leads several music combos and he is the first call for many national and international musical acts.
Mac Ritchey — Once described as “musical Swiss army knife,” Mac is a multi-instrumentalist performer / composer / producer — and a person who brings people together. In his role as a recording engineer, he has produced more than 300 albums and projects for clients in more genres and global traditions than most people can name. Mac’s first live improvisational performance was reportedly in 1976: a violin recital at age 5, whereupon he informed his teacher that he would like to play “his own composition.” Since then, his “later work” has been heard on The Discovery Channel, MTV The Real World, The Holocaust Museum D.C., NPR, and his fourth collaboration/mentorship with youth-phenom Evren Ozan “Alluvia” was named Best Instrumental Album of The Year 2007 (NAMA).
Duncan Watt — Duncan's career includes work in television, film, broadcasting, digital games and recording/live performance. His work appears in a wide variety of projects, including videogames Bioshock Infinite, League of Legends, and Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, films Now You See Me (Lionsgate) and others, as well as television, toys and apps. He's also the original voice of League of Legends’ fan-favorites Rammus and Blitzcrank. In addition, Duncan plays keyboards for various artists both in the studio and on stage. Recently, he played on internationally recognized rock act The Pretty Reckless’ newest album, Death by Rock and Roll, which debuted at #1 in 10 countries, and has so far yielded three #1 hits on Active Rock Radio in the US and around the globe.
Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 7:30pm
Full bar • Order dinner in one of Maynard’s many fine restaurants and bring it with you
Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door