USA/TX: Alex Coke-The Inner Kingdom (premiere)

Photos: KT Yarbrough

Alex Coke
Sunday November 13, 2022
Monks Jazz Club
Austin TX 78702

Alex Coke premieres a new suite, The Inner Kingdom, in collaboration with Austin visual artist Christopher Hynes, for an experience of art and music you won’t want to miss.

with

Alex Coke, reeds and flutes
Elaine Barber, concert harp
Bruce Saunders, guitar
James Suter, bass
Masumi Jones, drums
Bruce Colson, violin
Joan Carlson, violin
Martha Carapetyan, viola
Carolyn Hagler, cello

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-coke-the-inner-kingdom-premiere-tickets-444752656167

or

LIVESTREAM

BIOS

Composer Alex Coke plays flutes and saxophones. An original member of Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Alex was a featured composer/arranger and soloist on several CO2 recordings since the early 1980s. From 1990-2010 he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor and experimentalist with a wide range of interests from avant-garde and bebop jazz to folk and world traditional musics, Alex has led numerous ensembles like Live Action Brass Band, The Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing, and The Worthy Constituents, as well as  touring and recording with many offshoots of the Dutch jazz and contemporary music scene.

More at

https://alexcoke.home.xs4all.nl

Christopher Hynes, is the youngest of 10 children and grew up in Washington, D.C., around artists, writers, and politicos. As a young man, he worked as a studio assistant for several Washington artists and he also worked in an archival frame shop but mostly he played in rock and roll bands until 1988 when he turned to the visual arts full time. He’s mostly self-taught and had numerous group and one-man shows in Texas, New York, D.C., and several other cities in the U.S. He has lived in Austin since 1984. He is in many Private Collections across the United States.

“There is a little bit of something in everything, and that is what I like to explore”

More info at:
https://christopherhynes.com

USA/TX Alex Coke Carl Michel Sextet- November 30 at the Draylen Mason

Photos: KT Yarbrough

Alex Coke -Carl Michel Sextet

WEDNESDAY November 30, 2022 
7:30pm
41 Navasota Street
Austin TX 78702

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-cokecarl-michel-sextet-tickets-404669827347

Saxophonist / flutist Alex Coke and guitarist Carl Michel bring together an exciting sextet of busy Austin musicians including Austin Symphony’s principal harpist Elaine Barber, pedal steel player Bob Hoffnar (Liminal Sound Series), first call double bassist James Suter, and popular percussionist Carolyn Trowbridge performing and recording compelling music.

With origins in jazz, classical, folk, extended technique and improvisation this live performance and recording includes new arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Valentyn Silvestrov, and Paul Motian with new music by Coke, Michel, and Hoffnar in the mix.

This performance is made possible in part thanks to The Liminal Sound Series, dedicated to the commissioning of new works and collaborations between visionary composers and Austin, TX. based musicians and performers.

Coke Michel Sextet in Concert Thu, June 9, 2022, Austin, TX

Coke Michel Sextet in Concert

 Performing compelling music with origins in jazz, classical, folk, extended technique, and improvisation, The Alex Coke Carl Michel Sextet features musician/composers Alex Coke on woodwinds and guitarist Carl Michel. Together with Austin Symphony’s principal harpist Elaine Barber, Liminal Sound Series producer Bob Hoffnar on pedal steel, first call jazz bassist Dr. James Suter, and talented Austin percussionist Carolyn Trowbridge on vibes, the sextet will perform at the Draylen Mason Studio at KMFA on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 7:30pm.

This unique ensemble is an outgrowth of Coke and Barber’s popular weekly Driveway Concert Series that ran from April 2020 through June 2021 in response to music gigs and gatherings being curtailed as a result of the pandemic. The duo performed outdoors, socially distanced, with each member of the sextet individually in turn, appearing as special guests. Playing music as a gift to their local neighborhood at first, the project took shape as the possibilities for meetings indoors returned.

The Monday night concerts made way for rehearsals, new composition, and the formation of an unusual and very accomplished performing and recording ensemble. They released their first CD together, The Emissary, in October 2021 to good reviews and now a year after the final driveway concert, a second CD is in the works.

As a founding member of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra with many projects and recordings to his credit, Emmy Award winning composer Carl Michel had this to say : “The 6tet is a welcomed opportunity to work again with my friend Alex Coke. The “driveway concerts,” that were presented by Elaine Barber and Alex to their neighborhood, provided a way to collaborate with other musicians over the course of the pandemic shutdown. That process initiated the formation of the 6tet, a unique collaboration of instruments with some great musicians. This collaboration has opened up my palette in composition and arranging for these individuals.”

For the upcoming performance and live recording, works will include new arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Valentyn Silvestrov, and Paul Motian with some new compositions by Coke and Michel in the mix .

One of the first jazz ensembles to perform at KMFA’s Draylen Mason Studio, the concert on June 9 is for an all ages audience. Presale Tickets are on sale now and will also be available at the door.

Tickets

For more info and sound samples please visit:
https://www.carlmichel.com/home/alex-coke-carl-michel-sextet/
https://alexcokecarlmichelsextet.bandcamp.com/releases

This performance is made possible in part thanks to The Liminal Sound Series, dedicated to the commissioning of new works and collaborations between visionary composers and Austin, TX. based musicians and performers.

“They can drift with meditative beauty or roar with passion… their collective sound lingers in the memory.” – Jerome Wilson on The Emissary at All About Jazz

Alex Coke 4tet plays Monks For Project Safety Net

Alex Coke 4tet at Monks
June 15, 2021 7:30p Monks Jazz
501 East Pedernales #2E
Austin TX 78702

Alex Coke swings originals and standards on sax and flute with a great quartet that includes Bruce Saunders (guitar), James Suter (bass) and Masumi Jones (drums) for Austin Jazz Society’s Project Safety Net.
LIVE from the new home of Monks Jazz in Austin, Texas.
And…ONLINE, streaming in HD from
https://youtu.be/YD_gVOtD3NU

Limited seating available for the live performance with a free archived livestream to enjoy anytime. Donations & emoji’s welcomed and encouraged!

Donations to the musicians via Project Safety Net:
https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/austinjazzsociety
Please add a note saying your donation during the livestream is
for the Alex Coke Quartet.