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Creative Music Series Presents: Flaherty / Bishop / Smith / Corsano

  • Where: The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • When: 2018-10-27
  • Time: 8pm
  • Musicians: Paul Flaherty - saxophones
    Jeb Bishop - trombone
    Damon Smith - double bass
    Chris Corsano - drums


$15 (Cash at the door).$10 Students

The Creative Music Series Presents
From New England, New York, Boston

Legends already and in the making:

“The Quartet”
More unrestricted, unrehearsed and creative music ala Free-Jazz, only the likes of Paul, Chris (associated with each other for decades) + Damon + Jeb can produce…

Paul Flaherty (saxophones) Back after more than three years absence
"…Flaherty encapsulates the history of outlaw free improvising in New England…" -David Keenan (The Wire, The Scottish Sunday Herald). "Flaherty is an absolute monster… and a deep-rooted knowledge of jazz that can't resist making its presence felt." " - Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic).
“Flaherty and his saxophone are a subterranean legend in the kingdom of the north. Since the ‘In the Midst of Chaos’ LP was recorded back in the mid 70’s, Paul has been a persistent roar in the distance – pervading the aura of the region’s improvisational underground whilst eschewing its spotlight”. Byron Coley
“Flaherty is the firecracker in the mix, bubbling and burbling away over the top of Corsano's alien rhythmic foundations. Together, this duo is more than capable of sheer transcendence." - Chad Oliveiri, Rochester's City Paper (May 5, 2004).

Chris Corsano (drums/percussion) Back after more than three years absence
“The music in some ways ceases to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones”. Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes.
“Corsano's resume stretches from free jazz legends as sax players Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & Akira Sakata, noise masters as Bill Nace and C Spencer Yeh to avant-pop vocalist Björk. He represents the hyperactive, ecstatic pole…” Eyal Hareuveni The Free Jazz Collective
“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” - The Wire
Damon Smith (upright bass) A Boston virtuoso helping to surface Free-Jazz from obscurity

Jeb Bishop (trombone) Raising the creative bar for the Boston area

The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area. My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area. CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.

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