Wayfaring: Katie Ernst and James Falzone

Saturday, September 24, 2:30-3:30pm

Oriental Institute: Breasted Hall

 Photo by Dan Mohr

Photo by Dan Mohr

Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, WAYFARING is a duo project between bassist and vocalist KATIE ERNST and clarinetist JAMES FALZONE. What began as a casual meeting between like-minded players has formed into a collective of unusual nuance and depth, drawing on source material from the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions from Katie and James. Wayfaring will release its debut recording, I Move, You Move, in early 2017 on the Allos Documents label and was included on Constellation's 2015 compilation Nine by Two, featuring many of Chicago's finest jazz and improvised music artists.

The Chicago Reader identified KATIE ERNST as "one of the brightest lights on Chicago’s jazz scene [who] isn’t close to hitting her creative ceiling." In 2013 and 2014, Katie was one of 24 young artist-composers selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, an international jazz residency program at the Kennedy Center under the direction of pianist and MacArthur Fellow, Jason Moran. He called her "A great bassist, composer, and lyricist [with] an uncanny ability to mix traditions....[F]ollowing her voice is like reading a great novel." In May 2014, Katie performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Jason Moran’s Looks of a Lot premiere, which also featured Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Ken Vandermark, Theaster Gates, and Kenwood Academy Jazz Band.  Katie is an active bandleader and side-woman in Chicago. She regularly composes and performs with the band TWIN TALK.

Clarinetist/composer JAMES FALZONE is an acclaimed member of the international jazz and creative music scenes, a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber ensembles, dance companies, choirs, and symphony orchestras around the globe. He leads his own ensembles Allos Musica and The Renga Ensemble and has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings on Allos Documents, the label he founded in 2000. James performs throughout North America and Europe, appears regularly on Downbeat magazine's Critics' and Readers' Polls, and was nominated as the 2011 Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, New Music Box, and Point of Departure, among others. James has also been on the faculty of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Deep Springs College, and North Central College.