Anna Kristin Webber

saxophone, flute, composition

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Reedist Anna Webber, a Brooklynite by way of British Columbia, is one of the most exciting new arrivals on the New York avant-garde jazz scene in the past couple years. Her second album, SIMPLE, demonstrates the inextricable link between her improvising and her compositions; her detail-rich writing recalls the work of elders as disparate as Tim Berne and Henry Threadgill, and her busy motion evokes a fizzy sort of exhilaration.
-Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Composer and improvisor Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene. A saxophonist and flutist who persistently avoids the expected, Webber’s most recent album, SIMPLE (Skirl Records, 2014), has garnered much critical acclaim including several Best-of-2014 lists.


SIMPLE (Skirl) is her best work yet, recorded with two of the best musicians working in New York’s compositional, high-concept avant-garde – the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer John Hollenbeck. These pieces are bracing, argumentative and engineered to show the range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.
-Ben Ratliff, New York Times

There’s a lot to admire about this record, and it expresses one command with unarguable clarity – to pay attention to Webber, both in the moment and in the future.
-Bill Meyer, Downbeat


In addition to the SIMPLE trio, Webber also leads a septet, Percussive Mechanics, with which she has released two albums on Pirouet Records: Refraction (2014) and Percussive Mechanics (2013). Her other projects include a quartet with Jonathan Goldberger, Michael Bates, and Jeff Davis; her Canadian quintet Montreal People; and the collaborative band Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder. She is also a member of the Adam Hopkins Sextet; Noah Garabedian’s Big Butter and the Eggmen; the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble; the Marike van Dijk Large Ensemble; the Jarrett Cherner Quartet; and the Martin Krümmling Quartet.


In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. She is the winner of the 2010 Prix François-Marcaurelle at the OFF Festival of Jazz in Montreal. She has been awarded grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts and residencies from the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Originally from British Columbia, Webber studied music at McGill University in Montreal before moving to New York City in 2008. She holds master’s degrees from both Manhattan School of Music and the Jazz Institute Berlin. Her teachers have included John Hollenbeck, Jason Moran, Mark Turner, and George Garzone.

Dan:ce (Percussive Mechanics)  |  

Jaggedsphere (Jagged Spheres)  |  

I Don't Want to Be Happy (Webber/Larsson/Weniger/
Friedman/Simonsen/Hollenbeck)  |  

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Videos:
with PERCUSSIVE MECHANICS
with the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble
with Anna Webber's Montreal People
with Nathaniel Morgan
with the JIB big band
with Fabian Almazan’s Biophilia Winds


Anna Kristin Webber
akwebber@gmail.com
www.annakristinwebber.com

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As a sideperson:

SIMPLE

Released on Sept 16, 2014 on Skirl Records

SKIRL 027
Matt Mitchell - piano;
John Hollenbeck - drums;
Anna Webber - flute/alto flute/tenor sax/compositions

It's packaged in a DVD-sized digipack with artwork from Karlssonwilker!
Discs cost $15 plus shipping



You can also buy SIMPLE digitally from me. I am low-tech so the way this works is you buy it on Paypal and I will email you a link with a download code. I should do this within 24 hours but if for some reason you don't receive it in that time frame, email me at akwebber (at) gmail.com. It is $10 for the digital album.


Tracks:
Carnophobia
Emoticon
1994
Simplify Simplify
Washington
I Don't Want To Be Happy
Zigzag

REFRACTION

Pirouet Records - PIT3079 - Released January 6, 2015

Anna Webber - flute/alto flute/tenor sax/compositions;
James Wylie - alto sax/clarinet;
Elias Stemeseder - piano;
Julius Heise - vibraphone/marimba;
Igor Spallati - bass;
Martin Kruemmling - drums;
Max Andrzejewski - drums/marimba

You can buy it from:
Pirouet Records
iTunes
or here for $15 plus postage!


Tracks:
Five (Action)
Tacos Wyoming
Climbing on Mirrors
Theodore
Relentless!
The All Pro 3 speed
Friction/Vif (Reflection)

PERCUSSIVE MECHANICS

Pirouet Records - PIT3069
Anna Webber - flute/tenor sax/compositions;
James Wylie - alto sax/clarinet;
Elias Stemeseder - piano;
Julius Heise - vibraphone/marimba;
Igor Spallati - bass;
Martin Kruemmling - drums;
Max Andrzejewski - drums

You can buy it from Pirouet Records or iTunes or here for $15 plus postage!


Tracks:
Dan:ce
Certain Transcendence
Terrarosa
Percussive Mechanics
Vigilance
Sleeping Is Giving In
Histrionics
Let It Cut More Deep
EINS!

Third Floor People

Nowt Records - NOWT 005
Montreal People: Anna Webber - flute/tenor sax; Erik Hove - alto sax; Jean-Sebastien Williams - guitar; Phil Melanson - drums

New York People: Anna Webber - flute/tenor sax; Matt Holman - trumpet; Owen Stewart-Robertson - guitar; Fred Kennedy - drums

You can get this from iTunes, or order a disc here! CDs are $10 plus postage. Each jewel-case is individually silk-screened! Design by Jonas Beuchert.


You can also buy Third Floor People digitally from me. I am low-tech so the way this works is you buy it on Paypal and I will email you a link with a download code. I should do this within 24 hours but if for some reason you don't receive it in that time frame, email me at akwebber (at) gmail.com. It is $10 for the digital album.


Tracks:
Third Floor People I
Awkward
Parallelissimo I
Glimpses
Hymn
Stop Rocking
Une Myriade
Boo Boo Boo Daa
Le Pont
Parallelissimo II
Third Floor People II

Jagged Spheres

Elias Stemeseder - piano;
Devin Gray - drums;
Anna Webber - flute, tenor sax

You can stream and buy this from our BandCamp page
jaggedspheres.bandcamp.com

Tracks:
Jaggedsphere (Stemeseder/Gray/Webber)
For Erik (Webber)
Health Bars (Stemeseder)
Two And A Half (Stemeseder/Gray/Webber)
Getting Hit Off My Bike, By a Nice Cab Driver At 3:33am In Williamsburg (Gray)
Two (Stemeseder/Gray/Webber)
Nineeight (Stemeseder)

Released in October 2014

Aside from the music on ths album being super great, the physical packaging is off the chain. Each CD is handmade, looks amazing, and is one of a limited run of only 200 discs, so you should go to Erik Hove's website and buy it right away. Thank me later.

Erik Hove - alto sax, flute, clarinet,
Anna Webber - flute
Brad Powell - clarinet
Krisjana Thorsteinson - oboe
Andy King - trumpet
Josh Zubot - violin
Thomas Quail - viola
Jane Chan - cello
Rémi-Jean Leblanc - bass
Evan Tighe - drums

Released in February 2015 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

Marike van Dijk - soprano and alto sax
Ruben Samama - vocals
Defne Sahin - vocals
Lucas Pino - clarinet, tenor sax
Ben van Gelder - bass clarinet, alto sax
Anna Webber - flute, alto flute, tenor sax
Alan Ferber - trombone
Elinor Speirs - violin
Sita Chay - violin
Eric Lemmon - viola
Amanda Gookin - cello
Manuel Schmiedel - piano
Rick Rosato - bass
Mark Schilders - drums

Released in August 2014 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

Noah Garabedian - bass,
Kenny Warren - trumpet,
Curtis Macdonald - alto sax,
Kyle Wilson - tenor sax,
Anna Webber - tenor sax,
Evan Hughes - drums

Released in October 2012 on Unit Records

Anna Webber — tenor saxophone, flute,
Simon Kanzler — vibraphone,
Igor Spallati — bass,
Tilo Weber — drums

Released in March 2012 on Unit Records

Anna Webber — tenor saxophone, flute,
Mark Turner — tenor saxophone,
Can Olgun — piano,
Desmond White — bass,
Martin Kruemmling — drums

Ben Bryden's 1957 Flying Scot project is a double CD - one CD featuring the sonnet cycle '1957 Flying Scot' by Rab Wilson, the other CD featuring music based on this poetry. The album was designed by Hugh Bryden. Released 2011.

Ben Bryden — tenor saxophone,
Anna Webber — tenor saxophone, flute,
Tim Basom — guitar,
Desmond White — bass,
Martin Kruemmling — drums

Anna is a featured soloist on Daniel Jamieson's Danjam Orchestra featuring John Riley and produced by Jim McNeely. Released 2011.

Anna appears on flute on Stefon Harris and Blackout's album Urbanus, which was released in August 2009. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2010.

Anna appears on Acadian saxophonist André Bourgeois' album Eau de Mai. The album was released in late 2008 and also features Gabriel Lambert on guitar, Sebastien Pellerin on bass, and Alain Bourgeois on drums.