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QUARTET DAVIS with MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS Appearing Thu Jan 11th 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance

$12 at the door

Quartet Davis is a string quartet from Oberlin Conservatory dedicated to exploring a wide range of musical traditions. Unified in their commitment to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the quartet embeds improvisation into original pieces and arrangements of traditional and contemporary works.

While each member comes from a different musical background, they ultimately integrate their fluency across a range of musical styles with a strong foundation in ensemble work. The styles they have explored as an ensemble include Jazz, Blues, R&B, Bluegrass, Bossa Nova and traditional Nordic folk music.

The quartet formed shortly before embarking on a U.S. Embassy-sponsored tour of Amman, Jordan in January 2017 where they performed with the Jordan Orchestra and taught lessons and workshops at local schools. Since then, their infectious enthusiasm and creativity has captivated audiences from living rooms to concert halls. The quartet enjoys collaborating with other musicians and composers, and recently had the honor of performing Fabian Almazan’s Alcanza suite with Almazan’s jazz quartet Rhizome (Linda May-Han Oh, Camila Meza and Henry Cole). They have also had the chance to study with musicians such as Chris Thile, Christian Howes, and Jamey Haddad. All experienced in teaching and outreach, Quartet Davis is eager to explore musical possibilities with young students and envisions a future where string players will be fluent across a range of musical idioms.

 Michael Jefry Stevens makes his home in Black Mountain NC, but he keeps his bags packed with his heavy touring schedule.  This past spring found Michael performing throughout Europe including concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.   This fall he'll be performing in Edmonton Canada, Seattle Washington, Grand Rapids Michigan, Lansing Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, Rochester New York, and several cities in Virginia.

When not performing in Europe or the United States, Michael can be found playing frequently throughout Western North Carolina.   Sometimes solo, sometimes in small combos, and sometimes in larger groups such as his new Chamber Jazz Ensemble. 

Over the past 40 years Pianist/Composer Michael Jefry Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz.

Beginning with his first CD release in 1991 as a member of Mark Whitecage's Liquid Time Group, Mr. Stevens has been in the forefront of the NYC and international improvised music scene. Between 1988-1990 he co-led the now legendary "Mosaic Sextet" with Dave Douglas. This group included Mark Feldman on violin, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, and the rhythm section of Harvey Sorgen on drums and Joe Fonda on bass. Their "Today This Moment" CD release on Konnex Records and re-release on GM Recordings is considered one of the classic modern jazz recordings of the 1990’s and was voted one of the best 1000 jazz recordings by the 2011 Penguin Guide to Jazz.

This rhythm section went on to become the nucleus for Mr. Stevens working quartet the Fonda/Stevens Group. Since the quartet's inception in 1992, the Fonda/Stevens Group has released 12 cds, repeatedly toured Europe and is one of the most successful working modern jazz groups on the international scene. Mr. Stevens also began a very fruitful and fulfilling relationship with Leo Records with his duo "Haiku" CD release in 1994, featuring Mark Feldman on violin. These piano/violin improvisations proved to be a pivotal link between Mr. Stevens work in both the composed and improvised music worlds. Mr. Stevens has currently released nine cd’s on Leo Records, including "Elements" with bassist Dominic Duval, and "Twelve Improvisations" with the Fonda/Stevens Group. To date he has released over 80 cds.

Michael Jefry Stevens has composed over 320 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments and various small group compositions.   Michael Jefry Stevens is truly a believer in the global music community and a vocal exponent of an international music. He is a member of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz), ISIM (International Society of Impovised Music) and the AAPF (Asheville Area Piano forum).