Sunday, December 9th, 8pm
Bop Shop Records 1460 Monroe Ave. Rochester NY
$15 at door / $10 students
Gregorio was born into a musical family. He became interested in experimental music in the early 1960s, culminating in his Unheard Music project (later released on the album Otra Música: Tape Music, Fluxus, and the Improvisation in Buenos Aires 1963-1970). In addition to his musical work, Gregorio also worked as a professor of architecture and as an author on classical and modern music avant-garde forms.
Gregorio also participated in the then Fluxus activities of the Argentine performance groups Movimiento Música Mús and other experimental groups in Buenos Aires and La Plata. In the mid-1980s Gregorio left Buenos Aires and moved to Europe, where he worked in Vienna and worked with Franz Koglmann; later he relocated to Chicago, where he still lives and works today. In 2001, he founded the Madi Ensemble, with whom he further developed Argentine avant-garde styles.
He teaches at Purdue University and had a work commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since 1995 Gregorio has recorded several albums for HatHutRecords, working with Carrie Biolo, Michael Cameron, Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Kjell Nordeson. In 2001 Gregorio worked with a string quartet and the trombonist Sebi Tramontana. He also played in a trio setting with Pandelis Karayorgis and Nate McBride (Chicago Approach), and with Karayorgis and violinist Mat Maneri. His composition “Rodchenko Suite” was performed by Lou Mallozzi.
RAMON LOPEZ was born in Alicante, (Espagne) August 6th 1961.
He began as a self-taught drummer in the mid-1970’s. Witnessing a Max Roach solo concert in 1980 was a turning point that fundamentally changed his understanding of music. He was part of local groups until he decided to move to Paris in January 1985 and became increasingly involved in the experimental scene in France. At the same time, he developed an interest in Indian music and after many years of studying Tabla in France and in India, he teaches Indian Music himself with Patrick Moutal at the Paris Conservatory CNSMDP (1994-2001).
His first recording as a leader, a drums solo album, was released in 1997 on the British Leo Records. His musical endeavours have always been challenging, his interpretation of Songs of the Spanish Civil War (2001), his duos dedicated to Roland Kirk (2002) or his « Freedom Now Sextet » in 2010 with Herb Robertson, Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez and Barry Guy. From 1997 to 2000 he was the drummer in the renowned French « Orchestre National de Jazz » under the direction of Didier Levallet.
Among many others, Lopez has worked with the following musicians: Beñat Achiary, Rashied Ali, Jim Baker, Conny Bauer, Majid Bekkas, Samuel Blaser, Anthony Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Sophia Domancich, Hamid Drake, Peter Evans, Agustí Fernández, Glenn Ferris, Joe Fonda, Sonny Fortune, Georges Garzone, Barry Guy, Charles Gayle, Teppo Hauta-Aho, Daniel Humair, Howard Johnson, Aly Keita, Joachim Kuhn, Daunik Lazro, Joelle Leandre, Jeanne Lee, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Dave Rempis, Paul Rogers, Louis Sclavis, Alain Silva, Archie Shepp, John Surman, Claude Tchamitchian, Mal Waldron, Christine Wodrascka, Nils Wogram and other remarkable contemporary jazz musicians, performing in concerts and festivals around the world.
Ramon Lopez is an un-typical percussionist. He is a musician who has mastered a number of different musical traditions. He has recorded a hundred albums and he is currently one of the most respected European musicians in the area of contemporary jazz and improvised music. (www.ramonlopez.net)