Innova at the Stone in NYC

Innova Recordings announces 24-artist series at The Stone in NYC from May 17 – 31.
Saint Paul-based Innova Recordings, the label of the American Composers Forum, is excited to announce the details of a two-week-plus
residency at the John Zorn-founded non-profit venue The Stone in New York City. 24 different artists from New York, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota and beyond will be taking the stage and showcasing Innova’s diverse roster in genres from avant garde classical to jazz to world to electronic and all points in between. Each night will feature a pair of sets from two different but complementary artists at 8 and 10 p.m.

Label director Philip Blackburn invited artists with releases in the past two years to perform, and then built the two-set nights around themes, including “Demented But Mellow Jazz,” “Man-Machine Meld” and “Jazz Beyond This World.” For example, the sets on Thursday, May 19 will highlight “Drums Galore” with Blood Drum Spirit (a quartet featuring David Bindman on saxophones, Wes Brown on bass, Art Hirahira on piano and Royal Hartigan on drums) exploring the world’s rhythmic traditions through a jazz lens at 8 p.m. and drummer Sean Noonan’s Boxing Dreams String Quartet (Tom Swafford and Patti Kilroy on violin, Leanne Darling on viola, David West on cello, and Noonan on percussion and stories) bringing the story of Noonan’s “Night Music, Book 1” to life.

The sets on May 25 explore “Fiddles and Those Who Love Them” with ANA Milosavljevic at 8 p.m. and Todd Reynolds at 10 p.m. ANA, a multi- talented Serbian native and Manhattan-based composer and violinist, has brought her music everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Cornelia Street Café, with Lucid Culture calling a recent performance at Lincoln Center “absolutely devastating.” And Reynolds will be
performing works from his freshly minted innova CD Outerborough, which String magazine called “[p]layful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix.”

Other highlights include George Lewis & Marina Rosenfeld on May 20, Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble on May 22, and Prester Johnon May 24, all at 8 p.m. Lewis and Rosenfeld plumbed the possibilities of spontaneous composition and fusion on their groundbreaking Innova vinyl release Sour Mash, encouraging listeners to mix and match their works on multiple turntables to generate new possibilities. Saxophonist and composer Ken Field will be bringing his avant second line funk band from Boston for their first performance in the boroughs in two years. And Prester John, comprised of guitarist Shawn Persinger and mandolinist David Miller, will be performing worksfrom their Innova release Desire for a Straight Line, which the Village Voice called “an eclectic assortment of slipstream compositions touching on prog-tinged jazz, classical, manouche, andnewgrass idioms.”

The residency will close out on May 31 with two sets by what Blackburn terms “Long-Lived Foursomes from Far Away.” Saint Paul’s Zeitgeist celebrated their 30th anniversary this year with the release of Here and Now on Innova and will kick off the night at 8 p.m. while sax all- stars PRISM Quartet will close out the night performing work fromtheir own Dedication, which celebrates their 20th anniversary. The range of composers represented in this pairing is truly dizzying,including Ivo Medek, Tim Berne, Andrew Rindfleisch, William Bolcom,Eleanor Hovda, Zack Browning, and many, many more.

Audio samples of all 24 artists are available on innova’s Soundcloud page at: and program descriptions and personnel appear below.

Publicity photos available:

The Stone
Avenue C and East 2nd Street
New York, NY 10009