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Chris Jonas & Sun Spits Cherries

Chris Jonas

Chris Jonas' Sun Spits Cherries
Wednesday, June 19 @ 8pm
Neighborhood House, Christ Church
20 North American Street, Philadelphia
(Between 2nd and 3rd just north of Market Street)


Chris Jonas, soprano saxophone
Chris DiMeglio, trumpet and voice
Christopher McIntyre, tenor trombone
Andrew Barker, percussion

A deeply nuanced world -- distinctive, accessible, simple and achingly beautiful
- Michael Kremer, Jazziz

Chris Jonas’ remarkable composed suites [are] subtle breakthroughs and fantastic journeys
- Ann Powers, The New York Times

To introduce Santa Fe composer Chris Jonas (whose new work for The Crossing will be premiered June 23) we offer his ensemble Sun Spits Cherries, a remarkable combination of instruments – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion – treated masterfully in his compositional hands to the effect that they seem to form a much larger group. Chris’ style combines energetic outbursts with soft and sentimental passages; neither pure improvisation, nor entirely composed, Sun Spits Cherries braids written music, cues and conducting techniques to layer and juxtapose different subtle and startling notions of space, color, timbre and interaction.

Started in NYC in 1997, Sun Spits Cherries consists of soprano saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Neither pure  improvisation, nor entirely composed, these pieces braid cues and conducting techniques to layer and juxtapose composed materials, improvisations, and scored forms in order to disrupt and modify habits and place focus on space, color, timbre and interaction. 

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Remaining events:

The 5th Annual Month of Moderns
The Gulf (between you and me)

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 4pm
Month of Moderns II

The IceBox at Crane Arts Center in Northern Liberties
Chris Jonas: The Gulf (world premiere)
Santa RatnieceHoro Horo Hata Hata  (2008)
Justé Janulyté: aquarelle  (Watercolor, 2007)

Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 4pm
Month of Moderns III

At the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Gabriel Jackson: Rigwreck (world premiere)
Santa Ratniece: Saline (Salt Lakes, 2006)
John Cage: Four 2 (1992)

The Crossing Presents:

Wednesday June 19 @ 8pm
Chris Jonas’ quartet
Sun Spits Cherries

Wednesday June 26 @ 6:30pm

“Inside the Composer’s Studio:
Gabriel Jackson”

Monday June 24 - Sunday June 30
Artist Dan Cole's work as inspired by
The Gulf (between you and me)

Major Support for MoM 2013 Has Been Provided By:

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage


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