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GoBruCcio with Dan O’Brien play improvised music Thurs., June 23

The free improvisation trio GoBruCcio presents multi-reed player extraordinaire Dan O’Brien in a show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Thurs., June 23. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

GoBruCcio will do an opening set followed by an extended quartet performance. Dan’s tone, ideas and facility on a wide variety of instruments will take the trio to new places.

The trio of guitarist Bob Gorry, bassist Pete Brunelli, and drummer Peter Riccio create dynamic and consistently intriguing free improvisations as GoBruCcio. The three long-time musical friends perform spontaneous interplay that takes the music in unexpected directions while offering listeners plenty of variety and surprises. Their debut album, GoBruCcio, was released to positive reviews in the worldwide music press.

Dan O-Brien is Connecticut-based improviser, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, and teacher whose current work revolves around the dynamic practice of free music. He has been playing around the Northeast from New York to Boston for the last decade after music studies at Western CT University, University of North Texas, and the New England Conservatory. He runs Phonoemulsion Records documenting his work with like-minded creative musical personalities in and around Connecticut.

Improvised music by GoBruCCio, Bob Gorry Thurs., Aug. 5

The free improvisation trio GoBruCcio play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thurs., Aug. 5. The show starts at 5 PM with a short solo acoustic set by guitarist Bob Gorry.

The trio of guitarist Bob Gorry, bassist Pete Brunelli, and drummer Peter Riccio create dynamic and consistently intriguing free improvisations as GoBruCcio. The three long-time musical friends perform spontaneous interplay that takes the music in unexpected directions while offering listeners plenty of variety and surprises. They draw from their wide variety of musical experiences to construct a consistently intriguing and colorful set of unpredictable yet satisfying music. Their music progresses through varied movements with one player often taking the lead, the others following and building on his ideas, and then shifting gears to take the group improvisation in a surprisingly different direction. Their debut album, GoBruCcio, will be released this fall. http://music.nhic-records.com/

Bob Gorry will open the evening with an acoustic set of eclectic music drawing from country blues, cello music, jazz, and twisted Americana.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Music: Mario Pavone 3Bass Quintet, GoBruCcio play Thurs., Nov. 14, at 7:30 PM

Mario Pavone.

Jazz bassist Mario Pavone celebrates his 79th birthday with a Thursday, Nov. 14, show at Best Video Performance Space featuring his Mario Pavone 3Bass Quintet. Also on the bill will be GoBruCcio (Bob Gorry, Peter Brunelli, and Pete Riccio) playing a short set. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is $10.

Joining Pavone in the quintet are bassists Carl Testa and Zwelakhe Duma Bell de Pere along with trombonist Peter McEachern and drummer Michael Sarin.

Bassist/Composer Mario Pavone has been part of some of the most pivotal milestones in jazz over the past six decades. After being inspired by hearing John Coltrane at the Village Vanguard in 1961, Pavone began playing the bass, settling in New Yok City and making connections with pianist Paul Bley and trumpeter Bill Dixon, participating in what would eventually be called “the first loft era.” Pavone went on to tour and record with Bley and Dixon.

In New Haven, CT in the mid-70’s Pavone became involved with Wadada Leo Smith and Anthony Braxton as part of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Form (CMIF), a musician run collective based on some of the precepts of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), organizing and playing in large orchestra concerts featuring Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Marty Ehrlich, Oliver Lake, Ray Anderson, Carla Bley, and many others.

In the mid ’80’s Pavone became involved in the groundbreaking downtown Knitting Factory scene, building a deep relationship with alto saxophonist Thomas Chapin and becoming part of his highly acclaimed power trio. From 1990 to 1996 the trio recorded extensively, toured in Europe and the U.S., and performed at major international jazz festivals.

After Chapin’s untimely passing in 1998, Pavone began a long recording career as a leader, beginning with the New World and Knitting Factory labels. Then touring widely in Europe with an enduring core group of A-list improvisors – Tony Malaby, Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Peter Madsen, and Michael Sarin, the bassist was also collaborating on projects with guitarist Michael Musillami and recording over a dozen CD’s for Musillami’s Playscape Recordings label. At present Pavone has recorded 30 critically acclaimed CD’s as a leader, many placing on Top 10 year-end lists.

For 25 years Pavone has been associated with Litchfield Performing Arts, serving as a board member, an educator at its Jazz Camp, and bringing many of his innovative projects to the Litchfield Jazz Festival stage.

In 2010 Pavone was recipient of a significant Doris Duke Foundation composer’s grant resulting in multiple performances and a recording of Pavone’s compositions arranged by virtuoso trumpeter Dave Ballou. Pavone and Ballou enjoy an ongoing musical collaboration.

Recently, Pavone has focused his composing and performing energies on the classic piano trio format, reconnecting with Paul Bley for a recording, releasing a live disc with Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver, recording 3 CD’s with his Dialect Trio featuring Matt Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey, the latest to be released in July 2019 on Clean Feed Records. Among other recent activity this year Pavone has been touring and recording with legendary vocalist Patty Waters in a group featuring Barry Altschul and Burton Greene, and recording with long-time associate, trombonist, Peter McEachern on the trombonist’s new CD.

The trio GoBruCcio—Bob Gorry (guitar), Pete Brunelli (bass), Peter Riccio (drums)—is creating textures and rhythms, working in space and shadow, treading a line between minimalism and free ambient soundscape.

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