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

Anna Webber a Brooklyn-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. With her Simple Trio, featuring drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell, she has released two critically acclaimed albums on Skirl Records: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014).


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 leads the 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; a big band co-lead with Angela Morris; Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder; and The Hero of Warchester with Nathaniel Morgan and Liz Kosack.

Webber has performed and/or recorded with Dan Weiss’ Sixteen; Jen Shyu’s Jade Tongue; Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace and Sprees; the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble; a new chamber ensemble led by Ches Smith; the Adam Hopkins Sextet; Ohad Talmor’s Grand Ensemble; Fabian Almazan’s Realm of Possibilities; Noah Garabedian’s Big Butter and the Eggmen; the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble; a sextet from Bang on a Can All-Stars member Ken Thomson; Harris Eisenstadt’s Recent Developments; and the Marike van Dijk Stereography Project. She recently played in the world premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams at the Lincoln Center.


In 2015 she was the recipient of a grant from the Shifting Foundation. 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.

Simplify Simplify (SIMPLE Trio)  |  

Jaggedsphere (Jagged Spheres)  |  

Tacos Wyoming (Percussive Mechanics)  |  

also for more frequently updated tracks, check out:
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Videos:
Rectangles 2/Cats/etc
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:


As a co-leader:


As a sideperson:
Fabian Almazan & Realm of Possibilities - SWR Newjazz Meeting 2015
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

Binary

Released on October 25, 2016 on Skirl Records

SKIRL 033
Matt Mitchell - piano;
John Hollenbeck - drums;
Anna Webber - flute//tenor sax/compositions

Buy it here:
BandCamp
Skirl Records

Tracks:
Rectangles 2
Impulse Purchase
Rectangles 3a
Rectangles 1b
Underhelmed
Tug o' War
Rectangles 3b
Binary
Meme
Disintegratiate
Rectangles 3c
Rectangles 1a

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!
Buy it here:
BandCamp
Skirl Records

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

Buy it here:
BandCamp
Pirouet Records
iTunes

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

Buy it here:
BandCamp
Pirouet Records iTunes

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

Buy it here:
BandCamp
iTunes

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

Scores are available for purchase as album packs from annawebber.selz.com

One can currently buy the scores for:
Binary
SIMPLE

Scores for more albums coming soon. For something that's not listed here or to ask about purchasing parts, please write me an email and we can work something out!
akwebber@gmail.com