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CONNIE CROTHERS is known for her wide range of expression, originality and her uncompromising spontaneous improvisation. After attending the University of California in Berkeley, CA, she moved to New York in 1962 to study with Lennie Tristano, who presented her in three solo concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall; the Lennie
Tristano Jazz Foundation presented a fourth concert in that venue. She also performed there with tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, Roger Mancuso, and bassist Joe Solomon. She co-led an engagement with Marsh at the Village Vanguard, with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Peter Scattaretico.In 1982, she recorded a duo with Max Roach as part of his historic duets recording project Swish (New Artists). She co-led an engagement with Roach and dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. More recently, she performed duo with Roach in Bologna, Italy, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Tokyo, Japan and Harvard University where she was co-honored as Visiting Jazz Artist. Her quartet features alto saxophonist Richard Tabnik, drummer Roger Mancuso and bassist Ken Filiano and their latest CD, Music Is A Place on New Artists (with bassist Ratzo Harris) was chosen by Stuart Broomer, Bill Shoemaker and All About Jazz/New York for their best-of-the-year list, 2007. Conversations, a duet CD with clarinetist Bill Payne (New Artists), was selected by Art Lange and Bill Shoemaker for their best of the year list, 2008. Five of her other recordings have appeared on critic's 10 best lists, one of them getting the #1 record of the year spot in Wire from Jack Cooke - Love Energy (New Artists). Her quartet, co-led with tenor saxophonist Lenny Popkin, featuring bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Carol Tristano, toured Europe and Canada and appeared at the Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Birdland, and the Spoleto Festival. She recently formed a trio, TranceFormations, with singer Andrea Wolper and Filiano. Recent solo performances include the 2008 Vision Festival, the "Interpretations" series, Northampton Center for the Arts, the Berlin Jazztage, Cooper Union, the New Music America Festival, the DuMaurier International Jazz Festival in Toronto, the Middleheim Festival in Belgium. MICHAEL BISIO invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. His music has received 4 stars from DownBeat, Jazz Times states his music "resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity." Seminal studies in creative music processes were with Bill (William O.) Smith and Stuart Dempster.Early tenure with trumpeter Barbara Donald and saxophonist Carter Jefferson left an indelible mark on Michael's music and spirit. Another major influence is Joe McPhee. Joe and Michael have created a body of work that includes two duo cds, Finger Wigglers and Zebulon, (CIMP) in addition to over a dozen other releases including: Port of Saints, (CJR), Joe Giardullo's Shadow and Light, (Drimala), and Angels, Devils and Haints, Joe Mcphee and the World Bass Quartet, (CJR). As a composer Michael has been recognized with nine project grants from various arts organizations, in 2003 he was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. As a recording artist Michael appears on over 50 cds, he is leader on 10 cds and co-leads 7 duet recordings. His recorded output has consistently met with critical praise. Michael's first international release, In Seattle, (Silkheart), was chosen as one of the "Best Jazz Records of the 1980's" in the Village Voice. The cd Connections, (CIMP), 2005, as reviewed in Cadence Magazine. "...this is another important disc from Bisio and company that highlights Bisio's talents as a musician, composer and bandleader." Fourteen new releases in 2009 include two MBQ cds on the CIMP and Not Two labels, two cds by Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult, and Old Dog, By Any Other Name, (Porter Records). Other artists Michael has collaborated with include: Wayne Horvitz, Charles Gayle, Bob Nell, Sunny Murray, Louie Belogenis, John Tchai, Pauline Oliveros, Vinny Golia, Julian Priester, Eyvind Kang, Diedre Murray, Rashied Ali, Jim Nolet, Saadet Turkoz, Dominic Duval, Tomas Ulrich, Oluyemi Thomas, Matthew Shipp, Karl Berger, Warren Smith, Connie Crothers, Sonny Simmons, Jay Rosen, Avram Fefer and Stephen Gauci.