11 January 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Wanek 773.782.3538, [email protected] NEW MUSIC SERIES DEDICATED TO CHICAGO IMPROVISING BASSISTS Chicago, IL -- Local creative bassists converge Friday, February 3, 2006, at the Spareroom for the first installment of THE LOW END THEORY, a music series dedicated to Chicagos finest improvising bassists. THE LOW END THEORY seeks to aknowledge Chicagos rich history of influential jazz bassists by celebrating the present innovators on the scene. For this first installment of THE LOW END THEORY, Tatsu Aoki, Harrison Bankhead, Josh Abrams, Karl E. H. Seigfried and Joel Wanek will present a series of improvised solos, duets and trios before combining forces in a five-bass finale. THE LOW END THEORY will be presented Friday February 3, 2006, at 9:30 pm in one of Wicker Parks premier performing arts venues, the Spareroom, located at 2416 W. North Avenue. TATSU AOKI is one of the most recorded, talked-about bassists on the Chicago music scene. A prolific artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist, he works in a wide range of musical styles, ranging from traditional Asian music and jazz, to creative free and experimental music. Aoki has worked with many musical legends, including Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, George Freeman, Don Moye, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, John Watson, Sonny Seals, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Wu Man and Jeff Parker. Tatsu collaborated with Malachi Favors Maghostut on the landmark 1999 bass duet recording "2 X 4." HARRISON BANKHEAD has been a first-call bassist in Chicago for over twenty years. His musical development was comprised of a variety of situations including studies at The Sherwood School of Music, Northeastern University and private study with the Chicago Symphonys Roger Cline. He is an original member of the long-standing 8 Bold Souls and has collaborated with musical stalwarts Oliver Lake, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Billy Pierce, Billy Harper and many others. JOSH ABRAMS might best be known for his work with Town and Country, but his ubiquity in Chicago's improvised music scene proves he's one of the most hard-working, creative, and prolific bass players around. Abrams eclectic solo release Busride Interview (Lucky Kitchen) was followed up by the remarkable Cipher on Delmark where he led the quartet with Guillermo Gregorio, Axel Dorner, and Jeff Parker. He's also a member of the trio Sticks and Stones with Mantana Roberts and Chad Taylor. On any give night, there's a good chance you'll find Abrams playing in one of Chicago's famous jazz venues in groups like the David Boykin Expanse, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, and with artists like Jeb Bishop, Hamid Drake, and in countless other ensembles. KARL E. H. SEIGFRIED has performed with legendary figures in jazz music for over a decade. He has worked with various members of the AACM including Roscoe Mitchell, Mwata Bowden, Billy Brimfield, Ajaramu and Avreeayl Ra. Other musical associates include Peter Kowald, Eddie Daniels, Martin Banks, Carmen Bradford, Johnny Frigo and Barry Winogrand. Seigfrieds own jazz groups have featured established players including Alex Coke, Jimmy Ellis, Tina Marsh and Phillipe Vieux. Currently he leads his own trio & quartet that includes Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker and Greg Ward. JOEL WANEK is perhaps best known in Chicago as a photographer and educator. His photographic work has been featured in many galleries and publications, and on many jazz record covers during the past 10 years. For the last three years, however, he has been studying upright bass and improvisation with Tatsu Aoki. He has had the fortune of performing with many of Chicagos finest musicians: Aoki, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Josh Abrams, Yosef Ben Israel, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeff Chan, Dave Rempis and Greg Ward. Currently, he is a member of Boykins Microcosmic Sound Orchestra and the trio Ways & Means.