Slide of Hand
Notes about the Nu Quartet project: The compositions and performances on this album are born from my idea to create a different environment for improvisers. The players draw from melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and structural content found in the compositions, using that material to spontaneously improvise and synergistically explore new areas. The structure is open and yet defined by specific elements, leading to a cohesive work between composition written by composer and composition improvised by the ensemble. Dave Harris Bio: Since coming to Boston in 1980, David Harris has distinguished himself as a trombonist, pianist and composer on countless recordings, movie and television soundtracks, and concert stages. He is co-leader of Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance ( an 18 piece avant-garde ensemble) pushing the envelope of new jazz composition and group improv . He is a recent 1st prize recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for music composition, having won this award previously in 1997. A featured performer with world music ensembles Brass Planet and Les Miserables Brass Band, David has toured the world, including performances at the Montreal and Berlin Jazz Festivals and clubs such as the Bluenote, Knitting Factory, and Tonic. A founding member of the acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band, he's been at the heart of the American klezmer revival movement, as his work with the ensembles Shirim and Naftule's Dream attests. Dave Harris partial discography: Jazz Composers' Alliance "Celebration of Spirit" CIMP 298 (2003) producer, composer, trombone "The Death of Simone Weil" Innova 582 (2002) "In, Thru, and Out" Cadence CJR 1153 (2001) producer, composer, trombone "Flux" Northeastern NR 5010 (1992) Shirim Klezmer Orchestra "Pincus and The Pig" Tzadik TZ7195 (2004)- trombone and arranger "Mayse" Naftule's dream recordings 101 (2002)- trombone and mixing "Oy! It's Good" Newport Classic NPD85653 (1999) "Klezmer Nutcracker" Newport Classic NPD85640 (1998) "Naftule's Dream" Northeastern Records NR 5014 (1993) trombone and co-producer "of Angels and Horseradish" Northeastern Records NR 5005 (1990) Naftule's Dream "Live In Florence" Innova 572 (2002) -trombone and mastering engineer "'Job" Tzadik TZ7153 (2001) "Smash, Clap!" Tzadik 7125 (1998) "Klezmer Festival 1998" Knitting Factory Records KFR238 (1998) "The Jewish Alternative Movement" Knitting Factory Records 216 (1998) "Search for the Golden Dreydl" Tzadik 7118 (1997) "Klezmer Music A Marriage of Heaven & Earth" Ellipsis Arts 4090 (1997) Margo Leveritt "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet" Traditional Crossroads CD4296 (1999) Frank London's Klezmer Allstars "The Brotherhood of Brass" Piranha CD-PIR1683 "Di Shikere Kapelye" Piranha CD-PIR1467 (2000) The Rough Guide to Klezmer RGNET1047 CD (3 bands) Brass Planet "Why Can't We?" BP777 (1998) "Mash It Up vol 4" DVS Media BS20242 (1997) Les Misérables Brass Band "Kickin' Some Brass"Shanachie 6028 (1998) "Freedom Sounds- A Tribute to the Skatalites"Shanachie 5727 (1997) "Mash It Up '93"dvs Media 2930-32007-2(1993) "Pinnochio" soundtrack RabbitEars/BMG 74041-70752-2(1993) "Downtown Does the Beatles Live at the Knitting Factory" Knitting Factory Works KFWCD-113 (1992) "Manic Traditions" Northeastern Records NR 5004 (1990) "Mashin' Up the Nation" Harvard Square Records SQR 74001-2 .(1988) "Heimat Klange" Piranha Musik pir 18 (1988) "The Klezmatics Shvaygn=Toyt" Piranha Musik pir 20 (1988) "Om-Pah, the Universal Language" Global Village Music C403 (1987) Klezmer Conservatory Band "A Touch of Klez!" Vanguard VSD 79455 (1985) "Klez!" Vanguard VSD 79449 (1984) "Prairie Home Companion Tourists" PHC 808 (1983) "Yiddishe Renaissance" Vanguard VCD 79450 (1981) "Sons of Safam" Safam Records J40979 (1980) Brandford Marsalis "David & Goliath" Rabbit Ears (1992) Jeff Warschauer Ensemble" "The Singing Waltz" Omega OCD 3207 (1997) "Shura Lipovsky-Moments of Jewish Life" Syncoop5753 CD "Jeff Warschaurer Ensemble Live in Krakow"(1992) "And the Angels Sing" North Star Records NS0035 (1991) collaboration with the Boston MFA Joe Mulholland Sextet "Speaking for Myself" Bridge Rec. (1990) Didi Stewart Band "One True Heart" Northeastern (1988) Additional ensembles, soundtracks, producer credits, and articles Les Misérables Brass Band (trombone, composer/arranger, co-director, business manager) Brass and percussion ensemble specializing in traditional and contemporary world music. National and international tours with Robert Wilson's 'the Knee Plays'; featured concerts with David Byrne; featured performances worldwide in such places as : W. Berlin World Music Festival, Barcelona Festival of Art, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Boston First Night, New York International Festival of the Arts, NYC Public Theater concert with guest artist Lester Bowie. (1981-present) 'Pinnochio' soundtrack (composer, producer, trombone) This Rabbitears production, with narration by Danny Aiello, features an original soundtrack performed by Les Misérables Brass Band, available as video, cassette with illustrated book, or CD with extended music suites. (1993) "Opposite of Sex" soundtrack by Mason Daring (1998) ' Stranger Among Us' soundtrack (trombone) Featured klezmer soloist in this Sidney Lumet movie featuring Melanie Griffith, with music written by 'Fiddler on the Roof' composer Jerry Bach. (1992) Published Article Windplayer Magazine No. 51, Masterclass "Trombone survival tips" Producer "Celebration of Spirit" Jazz Composers' Alliance (CIMP) "In, Thru, and Out" Jazz Composers' Alliance (Cadence) "Music" Mimi Rabson 'Why Can't We?' Brass Planet (BP) 'Manic Traditions' Les Misérables Brass Band (Northeastern Records), 'Om- Pah, the Universal Language' Les Misérables Brass Band (Global Village Music) 'Naftule's Dream'-Shirim Klezmer Orchestra (co-producer) (Northeastern Records) Associated Chamber Music Enterprises (ACME)- Monthly series.