Terzett: Ron Freshley (winds), Jon Messmer (strings), Anders Griffen (brass & percussion)
The music is alive as a devotional form, not necessarily in the religious sense, rather creating an opening or interruption that allows us to experience what is hidden and to accept with passion our given situation. When we experience our music this way, it subverts our absorption in time, reveals the depth of our own reality, and opens us up to the mysteries of music.
Ron Freshley has been living in the Pioneer Valley for over 40 years, composing and improvising music as a leader or member of different ensembles. He studied with Lee Konitz and Yusef Lateef, and has worked with David Wertman, Lynn Lovell, Karl Rausch, and many others. Originally from the northwest, Jon Messmer has been living in the Pioneer Valley for more than 20 years, playing free style double bass with a variety of musicians including Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Randal Colbourne and Kazuto Sato. Ron and Jon have been creating together for over 15 years, have worked with Doug LaRosa and Adam Scotera in Lila 33 and have an ensemble called 4 Gong Confucian with Batya Sobel and Bob Markey. Anders Griffen, a Northampton resident for four years, is a recent collaborator of theirs. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, who took part in the Harlem and downtown jazz scenes and was part of the Antifolk scene in its heyday, performing with a diverse range of artists from Regina Spektor and Diane Cluck to Roy Campbell and Frank Lowe.
Composer/performer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky, a New Music USA award winner and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, has collaborated and performed with an extraordinary range of musicians including Milford Graves, Joan La Barbara, Kim Gordon, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, John Truscinski, Arthur Brooks, and Bill Nace.