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Anders Svanoe

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
From left to right: Rodrigo Villanueva-Conroy, John Christensen, and Anders Svanoe. Photo by M.O.D. Media.

From left to right: Rodrigo Villanueva-Conroy, John Christensen, and Anders Svanoe. Photo by M.O.D. Media.

Anders Svanoe, a Madison-based saxophonist who has played with avant-jazz luminary Roscoe Mitchell and such local staples as Tony Castañeda, is on a mission for the baritone sax in particular. On last year's album State Of The Baritone, Svanoe began laying out a conceptual statement about his favored instrument's versatility and his own curiosity as a composer. In Svanoe's hands, the baritone often sounds as fluid and charismatic as the tenor sax, the instrument most of us think of when we think about saxophones. At this show, Svanoe, drummer Rodrigo Villanueva-Conroy, and bassist John Christensen will celebrate the release of the follow-up album, State Of The Baritone Volume 2. While its predecessor was a series of compositions that deliberately hopped across different styles (nodding at influences from Sonny Rollins to Iron Maiden), the new album is decidedly a trio record. This same trio played on the first album, minus a suite of tracks recorded with pianist Wendy Ward, but SOTB Volume 2 focuses more on taking advantage of the flexibility and conversational exchange at which sax-bass-drums trios excel. Results span from the playful and mellow "Beagle Pilot" to deconstructed, texture-heavy explorations like "One On One" and "Space-Time," and just to drive home the point of the whole affair, Svanoe goes it alone for nearly nine minutes on the closing track, "Soloist." With any luck, that same variety and unpredictability will be on display at this show. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 1
Night Light: Family Is A Form (free)
Later Event: December 2
The Crazies (free)