*Canceled* ・ AD ASTRA II ・ Chris Pitsiokos
2022/01/20 @ 8:00 PM @ ARTist’s, Schützgasse 16 ° € 9
AD ASTRA II
Annabelle Playe, live
Ad astra is a Latin phrase meaning “towards the stars”.
Ad Astra II is inspired by “ZODIACAL MEDITATION” by Julie Winter.
A force comes to us from the universe. Brute. Inevitable. Perhaps it will lead us toconsider the living with more gentleness?
Ad Astra consist of a series of pieces. Each piece will be, in ageneral way, minimalist, born from the musical gesture. According to astrologers,the planets influence us in an invisible way. I want to express this magnetism through this music.
The instrumental gesture will be closely linked to the texture of the sound and itis from this that the piece will be formed, like the glassblower working on abreath. It is therefore the conduction of a sound that will be central to thiscompositional approach. The succession of the pieces will constitute the systemicelements of a whole that surpasses us but acts in an invisible, more or less directway.
In Ad Astra, music becomes the medium of our solar system, a tiny part of theuniverse. I would like this creation to remind us of this scale of greatness.
Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. His compositions often provide a framework for performers to express a singular aesthetic vision without subjugating their voices as creative agents in their own right. In this way his work contrasts with traditional modes of composition in which the composer or band leader is the sole, or primary, arbiter of a unified, preconceived vision.
Chris has been praised by Rolling Stone for his “startlingly original vision” and “astonishingly fleet sax work.” Downbeat has identified his band CP Unit as “A persuasive combination of harmolodic jazz and contemporary noise rock.” As a soloist he has developed a unique voice on the alto saxophone: his expansion of the instrument’s vocabulary has served to multiply its emotive and formal possibilities.
As a bandleader and soloist, he has toured in Japan, the US, South America and Europe. In 2016 he was a resident at John Zorn’s club the Stone and contributed to Arcana, a series of books edited by Zorn. In 2017 he had a solo concert at ISSUE Project Room in New York, toured Europe with CP Unit for the first time, and toured Japan as a soloist and performed with luminaries Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Tatsuya Yoshida, Makigami Koichi, and Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan). 2018 was marked by a busy festival touring schedule, including (but not limited to) two European tours with CP Unit and a duo tour with Otomo Yoshihide. In 2019 Chris toured South America for the first time and completed a 21-show solo tour of Canada and the US. His touring has taken him to major international festivals such as Sapporo International Arts Festival in Japan, Moers Festival in Germany, Jazz Jantar in Poland, Jazz Festival Lima in Peru, and Wels Unlimited Music Festival in Austria. In the summer of 2020, despite the pandemic, Chris organized various outdoor guerilla shows in Brooklyn and formed a new band, Strictly Missionary. In 2021 and 2022 Chris is enjoying a busy touring schedule in Europe and the US. Other projects include the collaborative “Child of Illusion” with Susana Santos Silva and Torbjorn Zetterberg, and a trio with Luke Stewart and Jason Nazary. He has also worked with Wendy Eisenberg, Nate Wooley, Miya Masaoka, Paul Lytton, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey.