What is 1032K? It is the numerical representation of the "Planck temperature," which is the temperature at which matter ceases to exist and conventional physics breaks down. It may also be used describe the mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy’s trombone with Andrew Drury’s kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray who make up the group 1032K. I can confirm that by the CD that Ray sent for me to check out (thanks, Kevin....). 1032K is being brought to Rochester by Bop Arts, the non-profit arts presenting face of local independent record store The Bop Shop, and will be doing a recording sessionon the stage of the Tala Vera Cantina tomorrow, May 14th beginning at 7:00 pm. Reservations are suggested.
After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Rutgers University in New Jersey, trombonist Frank Lacy toured with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Henry Threadgill, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, The Eurythmics, Carla Bley and Don Pullen. He was a member of the first Bobby Watson Horizon Band, and spent a year and a half as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Lacy was an integral part of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy as a singer, arranger and trombonist, and a member of the big bands of McCoy Tyner and David Murray. He is currently one of the longest serving members of the Mingus Big Band. He has two cds on the Enja label: Tonal Weights and Measures, and Settegast Strut.
Andrew Drury is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator. His formative years were devoted to jazz, centering on studies with Dave Coleman in Seattle and Ed Blackwell at Wesleyan University, and playing experiences with artists ranging from Wadada Leo Smith and Wayne Horvitz to the Basie-era trombonist Dickie Wells and a teenage Brad Mehldau. He has become one of very few drummers known for circular breathing (usually associated with saxophonists, such as David Murray) and bowing a metal dust pan. Drury plays with a wide range of musicians including Jason Kao Hwang, TOTEM, Iron Dog, Steve Swell, Jack Wright, and others. His four cds as a bandleader feature Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Briggan Krauss, and Chris Speed among others. He has performed internationally and on more than 40 recordings with Christine Abdelnour, Michel Doneda, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Darius Jones, Mazen Kerbaj, Denman Maroney, Andrea Neumann, Angelica Sanchez, Jenny Scheinmann, and Nate Wooley to name a few.
Kevin Ray has performed or recorded with such artists as John Stubblefield, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Pheeroan Aklaff, Marty Ehrlich, Curtis Fowlkes, Elliott Sharp, Ray Anderson, Frank Lacy, John Hicks, The Kitchen Houseblend Band, and The Flux Quartet. He has premiered major works by a wide range of composers, including Lee Hyla, Joe McPhee and Leroy Jenkins.
Now that the Bop Shop's move is complete, it is good to see Tom Kohn and Bop Arts reaching out to various venues to continue to bring the independent and unique music that he is known for presenting over the past 25 years. It is even better that he is finding several homes throughout the metropolitan Rochester area. Hat tip to Tala Vera for this unique opportunity to see some original music and participate as an audience in it being recorded.