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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; Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder, and The Hero of Warchester with Nathaniel Morgan and Liz Kosack. She is also a member of the Adam Hopkins Sextet and Trio; Noah Garabedian’s Big Butter and the Eggmen; the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble; Ohad Talmor's Grand Ensemble, the Marike van Dijk Large Ensemble; 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)  |  

also for more frequently updated tracks, check out:
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Videos:
The Hero of Warchester magnificent promo video
with PERCUSSIVE MECHANICS
with the Adam Hopkins sextet
with the Spielvereinigung Sued
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

Also I made all of these videos for KIM FEST 2015 in Berlin and I think they're pretty rad.You can click on this sentence to watch them.


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

As a leader/co-leader:



As a sideperson:
Dan Weiss - 16: Drummers Suite
Guilhem Flouzat - Portraits
Saturated Colour - Erik Hove
The Stereography Project - Marike van Dijk
Big Butter and the Egg Men - Noah Garabedian
Talking Hands - Simon Kanzler
The Vision Behind - Martin Kruemmling
Flying Scot - Ben Bryden
Sudden Appearance - Daniel Jamieson
Urbanus - Stefon Harris and Blackout
Eau de Mai - André Bourgeois

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)

The Hero of Warchester

Nathaniel Morgan - alto saxophone;
Liz Kosack - synthesizer;
Anna Webber - tenor saxophone

Cassette + digital download available at Prom Night Records

Tracks:
buzzard
everyone needs a hero
distair
wringling
bile