Alan Hampton (Residency) w/ Trio Feral

Alan Hampton

Alan Hampton’s debut record, “The Moving Sidewalk” effortlessly showcases his range of musicality and resourcefulness. His tender, ashy voice shimmers over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers, and finger-picked acoustic guitars, all performed by many of Brooklyn’s finest musicians. The ten, carefully constructed songs are intricate hybrids of various genres and influences, pooling from Brian Wilson, Wayne Shorter, and The Band.

Enhanced only by its homebrewed process, “The Moving Sidewalk” was recorded in Pete Rende’s Brooklyn apartment, and mixed in David Boucher’s Culver City garage. The album’s cover features Hampton’s whittled self-portrait standing on a winding sidewalk that ribbons from a cityscape made of papier mâché and wire form, which was designed and constructed with close friend Lindsey Anderson.

An extensive musical education; years of experience as a sideman and bassist in NYC; and practice in a variety of different genres have all contributed to the abundant reservoir of resources that make Hampton’s record at once eloquent and unassuming. Hampton studied composition and performance with jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Southern California. After completing the program, he moved to Brooklyn where he made his mark as a bassist and sideman, performing around the world and recording with the likes of Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper, and Elizabeth and the Catapult.

Since the arrival of “The Moving Sidewalk,” and his leap from sideman to solo artist, Hampton has gained notoriety as a singer and a songwriter, and has appeared on records by Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, who is known for his work with Common, Mos Def, and Maxwell.

Hampton is currently finishing his next project with featured tracks by Andrew Bird and Robert Glasper.

Trio Feral

Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Barney McAll moved to New York City in 1997 after being invited to join the Gary Bartz Quartet . He continues to tour internationally with Bartz as well as with Fred Wesley and The JB’s, Josh Roseman, The Groove Collective and recently vocalists Daniel Merriweather and Sia Furler.
Barney leads numerous ensembles including; Sylent Running and M.O.D.A.S and his new ensemble Graft which features 16 piece Invenio Choir, two pianos , Vibraphone and laptop.

Barney has scored some award winning films including ;
Pushing The Elephant (PBS) Liberia: An Uncivil War (DISCOVERY/ NY TIMES) Motherland Afghanistan (PBS)
We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis (PBS)
He was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 and also awarded the prestigious fellowship from the Australian Council for the Arts for 2007-2008 . He has performed or toured with ; Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dewey Redman, Maceo Parker, Doug Devries, Vince Jones, Kenny Garrett, Vernel Fornier, Badal Roy, Stefon Harris, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson, Gary Costello, Ben Monder, Mark Turner, Peter Apfelbaum, Bernie Worrell, Alan Browne, Billy Harper, Jim Black, Steve Turre and Roy Ayers.
-Gospel Choir piece “Vanishing Point” collaboration with video artist Janet Biggs for Claire Oliver Gallery NYC
-New compostions for Guitar, Vibraphone and Piano and Voice premiered at The Stone NYC June 2008
-Sturgio Leone for Three Trombones and piano / Josh Roseman’s Water Surgeons
-New Works for Tabla, Cello and Kaval “Motherland Afghanistan”
-Various arrangements for The CNR Gospel Choir
-Overture for the Opera; ‘Two Lives In Flux and Vice Versa’ with Slave Pianos Collective
-Vincent Herring’s “Lady Liberty Big Band” performance Carnegie Hall
Featuring; Seamus Blake, Tom Harrell, Richie Goods, Steve Turre, Greg Hutcherson, Pamela Luss
-Renee Geyer and Octet Melbourne International Festival
-Slave Piano Collaboration with artists Danius Kesminas and Michael Stevenson for Lombard Freid Gallery Soho New York

Barney received a Bachelor of music from the Victorian College Of The Arts in 1991. His techers includeMulgrew Miller, Aydin Essen, Charlie Banacos, Mike Nock, Walter Bishop Jr, The Hon. Barry Harris, Larry Goldings, Jim Beard, Bruce Barth, Charlie Banacos, Dave Kikoski, Doug Devries, Paul Grabowsky
IN CUBA : Chucho Valdez, Ramon Valle, Adres Alen, Olavo Alen, Peruchin Jnr.
Smithsonian Institute with Gary Bartz Quartet
The Lithuanian World Music Festival
The Santa Clara Jazz Festival ,Cuba
Barney McAll Quartet European tour featuring Billy Harper
The Barney McAll Octet – featured as part of the ABC TV Jazz documentary “The Pulse”
Yugoslavia and Italy with The Barney McAll Quartet featuring Alto Saxophonist Jessie Davis
Ass. Musical Director for CNR Gospel Choir NY
Melbourne Jazz Festival, The Perth Jazz Festival
Akaroa Jazz Festival New Zealand with Barney McAll unit
Village Vanguard New York Gary Bartz Quartet
Musical Director for “Gospel Extravaganza”, Sydney Town Hall
The Jazz Standard NY Barney McAll Flashbacks Septet
McAll is partial to unleashing surprises himself, whether they be radical dynamic shifts -
such as suddenly reducing a solo to the merest trickle of notes against thrumming bass
and whispered cymbal chatter – or just finding bewitchingly unexpected turns to take in
developing a melody. Masterful.

Barney McAll is a musical conjurer of the highest order

There was a virtual absence of familiar bop riffs, extended bop harmonies or precise
bop rhythms. Instead, Rosenwinkel’s pieces offered turbulent, thickly textured waves of
sound, mostly produced by Barney McAll’s impassioned keyboard work.

Using space and simplicity, Barney McAll conjures mighty music.

McAll manages to intelligently integrate pop elements into his music and deserves
much wider attention.

McAll displays an immediate feel for each pattern and the stamina to sustain them
without sounding automatic. McAll also contributed some of the most successful solos,
playfully blending his parts of the arrangements with bleeding voicings and darting accents”

“(McAll’s) ability to craft memorable themes is matched by a feel for the atmospheric…
Now established on the intensely competitive New York jazz scene, he plays here with
some of the city’s leading musicians. His music is utterly contemporary, McAll demonstrating
throughout that he is a talented composer as well as gifted keyboardist”

The revelation of the evening is pianist Barney McAll. Playing beneath the liquid passages
of (Dewey) Redman, McAll carefully kneaded clusters of notes from his hands that I found
devastating. He explored ideas with a dramatic flourish that had the audience in raptures”

$8 advance, $10 at the door


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