Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry

Saturday, September 23


International House

Since the 1960s, avant-garde drummer ANDREW CYRILLE has been “reshaping jazz’s rhythmic syntax while engaging with its lineage… helping to unlock a freer pulse and purpose in the music, slipping away from a metronomic framework while preserving a rigorous attention to form” (New York Times). Born in New York City, he studied with Philly Joe Jonas, at Juilliard, and at the Hartnett School of Music. At the same time, Andrew performed with the likes of Mary Lou Williams, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Babtunde Olatunji, and the June Taylor Dancers. In 1964, he began an eleven-year association with Cecil Taylor, which would bring him new acclaim and established him at the vanguard of jazz drumming. Andrew continues to perform and record, releasing two albums, the Declaration of Musical Independence and Proximity, a duo recording with saxophonist Bill McHenry, in 2016. Nate Chinen writes for the New York Times, “A pair of albums with divergent sonic features but a similar ethos of discovery, they highlight Mr. Cyrille’s insight, ingenuity and subtle mastery of touch.”

Describing saxophonist and composer BILL MCHENRY’s sound, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times writes, “he can play with unorthodox structure and can get as free as you want, but he maintains a ripe, lovely tone straight out of the 1950's. Lyrical is probably the most overused word in jazz criticism, but if anybody deserves the word, Mr. McHenry is the one.” Born in Maine, Bill studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and New England Conservatory of Music. He has released seven albums as a leader and has worked with Paul Motian, Eric Revis, and Rebecca Martin, among others. including Andrew Cyrille on 2016’s duo recording, Proximity. “The album is lean and dry but hardly austere: It feels dynamic and fully realized, a product of intense real-time exchange” (New York Times).