Thursday January 24, 2013

GUILFORD -- Wendy’s House Concert series welcomes from across the Connecticut River "NH Jazz Presents" founder Jonathan Lorentz (tenor sax) and his trio on Saturday at 4 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 1 from across the Atlantic, internationally-known Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla with his solo performance of "Fiddler in the Loop" at 7 p.m. (potluck at 6 p.m.).

Admission to Jonathan Lorentz and his trio is $10-15 at the door. Admission to Luca Ciarla is $15. For information, call Wendy at 802-254-6189.

Playing with a warm sound rich in melodic complexity, Lorentz is a daring and creative improviser who blends modern jazz with blues, rock and the avant-garde. His recent album "Borderlands" (his first for the UK’s Métier Jazz label) was released to critical acclaim in 2010 and is receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the world. In March 2011 Fanfare Magazine’s Lynn René Bayley remarked that "Jonathan Lorentz has really got it: a great style, an explorative mind, and a concept for this album that goes beyond the usual fare you hear from jazz sax trios." Lorentz has performed with Dave Calarco, John Menegon, Judi Silvano, Bob Gullotti, Hezekiah Walker, Mike Dillon, Delfeayo Marsalis, Harry Allen, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood and Yoron Israel.

Bassist John Hunter from the Portsmouth, N.H., area, has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson and Joe Williams to name a few. Drummer Tim Gilmore from Lebanon, N.H., a frequent percussionist in the house concert series, attended Berklee College of Music and studied with Max Roach and Alan Dawson. He’s performed with Marian McPartland, Sheila Jordan, Tiger Okoshi, Dick Johnson, Richie Cole and Warren Vache, among others.

For information, visit www.jonathanlorentz.com.

Luca Ciarla’s multi-media "Fiddler in the Loop" was made in collaboration with Italian visual artist and cartoonist Keziat. This past year Ciarla toured in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Croatia, Slovenia, Korea, and India including performances in the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Melbourne Jazz Festival.

Ciarla is simply one of the most creative and surprising violinists around. His music easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than 30 countries and on every continent.

A native of Termoli, Italy, Ciarla began playing violin and piano at age 8. By 12 he was studying at the conservatory and few years later began exploring also jazz and improvisation, inspired by artists such as Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti and the Turtle Island Quartet. In 1996, he moved to the United States to pursue a master’s at the Indiana University and to study jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years. In 1999 he was honored by New York-based Chamber Music America. He has recorded with several labels and worked with classical, jazz, folk and even rock musicians, including Greg Cohen, Daniele Sepe, Joshua Bell, Edgar Mayer, Daniele Scannapieco, Danilo Rea and Sylvain Gagnon.

For information, visit www.lucaciarla.com.