April 12th Gig with Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and Tom Darter

MANRING KASSIN DARTER with Edo Castro and E. “Doc” Smith –
Saturday, April 12 8:00pm
$20.00 General Admission, $15.00 Students
$22.00 General Admission, Day of Show Buy tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600

“Mindboggling musicianship and complex, provocative compositions. Darter, Manring and Kassin are all-around awesome!”

– Greg Rule, Keyboard magazine

Performing “chamber music for the new millennium” this virtuoso trio has been astounding audiences for the last ten years with their amazing chops, quiet soul and diverse compositions. With over 100 albums to his credit, bass phenom Michael Manring has been hailed as “the world’s greatest electric bassist” while pianist Tom Darter’s compositions have drawn praise from Elliott Carter,  Aaron Copland, and Karel Husa and music critics have compared Kassin’s flute playing with Rahassan Roland Kirk, Hubert Laws and Paul Horn. While listeners can hear echoes of classical, folk, avant-garde, and world music in their performances, the net result is music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized.

Opening this evening is Edo Castro with E. “Doc” Smith. Edo Castro is a multi-stringed bass virtuoso. Castro has performed with a plethora of jazz greats; Roy Haynes, Ed Thigpen, Johhny Griffin, Armando Peraza, Stu Hamm and Mark Egan, just to name but a few. E. “Doctor” Smith is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno,Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, and John Mayall among others. He is the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick.

He is thrilled with his recent collaboration with bassist Edo Castro.  Michael Manring (bass), known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine. Larry Kassin (flute) founded the internationally recognized Noe Valley Music Series in 1981, at the acoustically superb Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco, California.

His wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, SF Klezmer Experience, Rhiannon, Sonia, and Box Set, plus a recent CD release with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure. Tom Darter (piano), founding editor of Keyboard magazine, established the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he also taught music theory and composition. He has arranged two albums of music for the Kronos Quartet Monk Suite (Music of Bill Evans), played keyboards on numerous Jerry Goldsmith film scores, and won several composition awards.