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BlueStem Jazz featuring Paul Hecht's Pyrography Trio with Ben Dillinger and Gustavo Cortiña at Audio For The Arts

Posted by Brown Paper Tickets on January 13, 2023


Audio For The Arts
7 S Blair St #1
Madison, WI
608) 255-0511


Fri, February 10, 2023
8:00 pm

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Pyrography Trio

Hechts Pyrography Trio takes its name from a poem by John Ashbery, and also from thinking about this ancient kind of fire writing, as in the process of inscribing the spirit/flame, but also of taking the inscribed, the coded, and finding ways to ignite it or unlock its inner fire. Both directions are important. The group plays original compositions by Hecht, as well as open improvisations and jazz standards by modern masters.

Pianist Paul Hecht is an emerging figure on the Chicago jazz scene, who has recently moved into music after a career teaching poetry. In addition to his work in this quartet, he also performs regularly with violinist Mark Feldman, including a recent series of performances celebrating the reprinting of Feldmans recording of 2006 on ECM, What Exit. Other notable Chicago-area collaborators include Ethan Philion, Quin Kirchner, Michael Hudson-Casanova, James Davis, Jeremy Boettcher, John Christensen, Ben Ferris, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Greg Ward, Daniel Thatcher, Tim Davis, James Russell Sims, Peter Castronova, Al Keeler, Samuel Peters, Harry Tonchev, Neil Hemphill, and Emma Dayhuff. Hecht plans to release his first recording as a leader in late 2023. Hechts book about English poetry at the end of the sixteenth century, What Rosalind Likes, was published last year by Oxford University Press....

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