by Andrew Frisicano

Dave Douglas...
Dave Douglas

FONT (Festival of New Trumpet music) hosts Forward Flight, a four-night fest of diverse cross-genre jazz, chamber pop and classical, at Abrons Arts Center from Wednesday, January 13th to Saturday, January 16th. Last night was the opening benefit night which featured brass innovator and composer Dave Douglas, trumpeter and fest honoree Wilmer Wise and "a gathering of special surprise guests."

Tonight (1/14) Wise leads new chamber arrangements of Ornette Coleman works. Then Friday (1/15), the fest hosts an eclectic bill: chamber pop group Opsvik & Jennings pairs with electro-acoustic trumpeters Ignite a Noise Trumpet Trio (who also use iPhones, Wiimotes and more), Thrill Jockey jazz from Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor, whose new album Boca Negra , just came out on the label), and folk group The Low Anthem with special appearance by Dave Douglas. Full fest passes and individual tickets are on sale.

The tracks above are from Opsvik & Jennings's latest, A Dream I Used to Remember, which came out on the Loyal labelin 2009. A stop-motion video of Low Anthem's song "Charlie Darwin" is below.

Drummer Chad Taylor and another of his groups, Circle Down (with pianist Angelica Sanchez and bassist Chris Lightcap), will be at Jazz Gallery for two sets on January 14th. Tickets are on sale. The band plays again at The Stone on January 29th.

A full schedule and videos are below...

Opsvik & Jennings - A Dream I Used to Remember

Charlie Darwin - The Low Anthem (Official)

FONT Music presents: Forward Flight schedule
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Celebrate the music and legacy of Wilmer Wise | FONT Music Benefit Concert Performances by Dave Douglas, Wilmer Wise, and several special surprise guests.

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
6:30PM: Anti-Social Music presents World-Premieres with Tim Byrnes, Chris DiMeglio, Stephanie Richards and Kelly Rossum.
7:30PM: The New York Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Mark Gould
9:00PM: Legendary trumpeter Wilmer Wise plays chamber music by Ornette Coleman

Friday, January 15th, 2010
6:30PM: Opsvik & Jennings meets Ignite a Noise Trumpet Trio
7:30PM: Chicago Underground Duo with Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor
9:00PM: The Low Anthem with special appearance by Dave Douglas

Saturday, January 16th, 2010
6:30PM: Sarah Ferholt's Vevertise and Mr. Tamerman's Maggot
7:30PM: Meridian Arts Ensemble, with special guests Dave Ballou and Jon Nelson
9:00PM: Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble: Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean Luc Capozzo, Franz Hautzinger, Joe McPhee, and Itaru Oki, and Herb Robertson, with Jean-Jacques Avenel and John Betsch.

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