Sniff Test and Jason Levis Trio
7:30pm Jason Levis Trio Rob Ewing – trombone Cory Wright – reeds Jason Levis – drums • 8:30pm Sniff Test Bethany Schwarz - electronics Bill Noertker - basses • http://www.jasonlevismusic.com/ http://www.noertker.com • Sniff Test is a collaborative dialogue that improvises narrative shapes through the use of unusual timbres and instrumental techniques. • Bill Noertker is a composer and bassist with an interest in alternatives to traditional harmony-based and scale-based improvisation. At the root of that quest is a desire for musical participants to listen and respond to each other. Sniff Test is one of the few purely improvised projects he is involved with. • Bethany Schwarz creates a sonic experience that gives the listener an opportunity for personal discovery. With emphasis on tone and texture, her sound has been described as "meditative soundscape". While most of her work to date has been electronic cassette-based recording, she is increasingly working with non-electronic timbres in live, rock-and-roll-influenced experimentation. • The Jason Levis Trio, originally formed in 2015 upon Jason's return from living in Berlin, features Rob Ewing on trombone, Cory Wright on B-flat and bass clarinets, and Levis on drums and compositions. The trio's unconventional instrumentation allows it to flow through Levis' compositions in an unorthodox manner; fraying the edges, deconstructing the framework, and super-imposing tone, timbre and time.