Monthly Archives: May 2016

May 22 – Michel Gentile FLOW

Hello dear listeners!

We are back with another lovely Sunday afternoon of music! This month we are featuring a quintet created by the renowned flutist Michel Gentile.

Michel Gentile FLOW

Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene.  He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone. Michel has appeared on record with Ray Charles, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Michael Formanek, and Adam Rudolph. He has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Fred Hersch, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Joseph Jarman, Yusef Lateef, and many others.

He has been teaching for over 30 years and his teaching portfolio includes Queens College, New England Conservatory, Wellesley College and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Michel has taught privately, in the classroom, in workshops, and lead master classes. He takes special pride in his work in the public schools and with preschoolers with special needs at the Helen Keller School for the Visually Impaired.
Michel has studied composition with George Russell, John Heiss, Muhal Richard Abrams and with Donna Doyle.  Michel has composed for everything from solo instruments to a quintet with flute and string quartet and a triple concerto for flute, piano and drums with chamber orchestra. He has composed for radio, television and film media. His compositions have been featured on “Seize the Moment” 1994, “Trapeze Contortionist” 2001 “Red Balloon” 2005, “Flesh and Steel” 2008 and “Rock, Paper, Scissors” 2011 by Gentile-Romano. His 2013 release with the collaborative ensemble WORKS was named among the best CDs of the year by Downbeat Magazine. He was also a Rising Star in the 2015 Downbeat critic’s poll. Michel has worked extensively with dance, theater, and film, most notably with the remarkable ensemble” Strike Anywhere”, and has been featured on national radio and television throughout North America and Europe.

Michel has been running the non-profit organization Connection Works with Rob Garcia and Daniel Kelly for the last nine years. Connection Works’ acclaimed concert series, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, has consistently received New York Times critic’s picks. CW has presented an outstanding array of jazz musicians, including jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, John Abercrombie, Joseph Jarman and Cecil McBee.

Michel Gentile FLOW

Michel Gentile – flute

Sam Sadigusky – clarinet

Nathan Koci – French horn, accordion

Matt Pavolka – bass

Rob Garcia – drums

Sunday 22 May, Michel Gentile FLOW

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.