Event Info

The Composition Colloquium series hosts jazz bassist and composer Michael Formanek for a discussion. Formanek's principal recording and international touring vehicle is his acclaimed quartet with Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, which records for the prestigious ECM label; 2010's The Rub and Spare Change and 2012's Small Places both earned coveted five-star reviews in Downbeat Magazine. Formanek writes compositions of great rhythmic sophistication that unfold in a natural sounding way – challenging music the players make sound like lyrical free expression. His 18-piece all-star group, Ensemble Kolossus, recorded their first CD for ECM in December of 2014; The Distance was released in February 2016 and in addition to numerous accolades also received a five-star review in Downbeat.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.