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The Renga Ensemble
Ensemble

Ensemble Members
James Falzone, Eb and Bb clarinets
Ned Rothenberg, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone
Ken Vandermark, Bb and bass clarinets, baritone saxophone
Keefe Jackson, Contrabass and bass clarinets, tenor saxophone
Ben Goldberg, Bb and contra-alto clarinets
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Contact
James Falzone


Address
1146 S. Lombard Ave.
Oak Park, IL, 60304
Phone
(708) 386-4847

Additional Info
Year Founded
2013
Repertoire
Jazz, New Music
Size
Sextet
Instrumentation
Woodwind
Management
Self-managed

The Renga Ensemble was convened by James Falzone for a series of rehearsals, concerts and a recording in April, 2013 in Chicago. The conception of the project is rooted in persona: how do diverse musical voices converge and find common ground, especially in a setting that connects composed and improvised elements? The intention in assembling such diverse players, most of whom had never played together (or even met for that matter) was to allow space for each voice to be heard, yet be challenged and shaped by the other strong voices. The group takes its name from a centuries-old form of collaborative Japanese poetry, where two or three poets blend their words into a single meditative work.

News

03.04.2014

Wonderful article from jazz critic Howard Reich about The Renga Ensemble's innaugural concerts in April 2013