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Live Video from the WRTI Performance Studio: Clarinetist Aaron Novik

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Dominick Mastrangelo
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Aaron Novik

New York-based composer, clarinetist and bandleader Aaron Novik gained significant attention and praise for his 2012 release Secrets of Secrets on John Zorn's Tzadik Records, which specializes in avant-garde jazz, improvised, and experimental music. 

Join us for a special performance by Aaron Novik's No Signal Quartet.  They visit with J. Michael Harrison on Thursday, December 12th at 4 pm in the WRTI Performance Studio ahead of their session at The Art Depot.

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Aaron has released an impressive flurry of music via five EPs during the course of 2019, which coincided with a weeklong residency at The Stone in Manhattan. He has performed with the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, the Nathan Clevenger Group, Telepathy, Colin Stetson's Transmission, Graham Connah and, most notably, in Fred Frith's Gravity band, which has played festivals around the world recreating Frith's 1980 celebrated album, Gravity.

Aaron spent 17 years living in the San Francisco Bay area before returning east in 2014.  He currently lives in Woodside, Queens and leads several ensembles including No Signal, O+O+, and Dante Counterstamp.  He also recently published his first comic book titled Frowny Frown

This performance celebrates the release of No Signal, a work inspired by the 80's downtown noise rock and experimental jazz scenes.  The instrumentation is two clarinets a half step apart (B flat and A clarinet) and two guitars tuned a half step apart. 

Personnel:

Aaron Novik - A clarinet

Jeremiah Cymerman - B flat clarinet

Nick Millevoi - guitar

Matt Hollenberg - guitar