Improvisatory Minds Concert at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church 120 West 69th Street NYC. February 10th, 2017


IMPROVISATORY MINDS Presents: “Chamber Music by Jazz Composers”

February 10, 2017 at 8pm

Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church

120 West 69th Street between Columbus & Broadway

New York, New York 10023

Donation: $25 (includes one free download)

Presented by the composers’ collective Improvisatory Minds, “Chamber Music by Jazz Composers” showcases new and recently written chamber works, and will include at least one world premiere.  Featuring works by Bevan Manson, Ed Neumeister, Michael Patterson, Dennis Dreith, with special guest artist Billy Drewes, from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Artists performing on the February 10th concert in Christ and St. Stephen’s Church will include Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jennie Hansen, viola; Billy Drewes, clarinet and saxophone; Mark Lopeman, alto sax: Katherine Fink, flute and piccolo; Harry Searing, bassoon; Dominic Derasse, trumpet; Chris Komer, French horn; Ed Neumeister, trombone; John Arrucci, percussion and marimba; Brad Dutz, marimba and percussion; Lee Musiker, piano; and Bevan Manson, piano

Improvisatory Minds, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that actively encourages the creation of new chamber works by composers with a jazz perspective, and promotes this music through concerts, clinics, educational and community outreach.

About the Composers & Artists:

Billy Drewes joined the Mel Lewis (now Vanguard Jazz) Orchestra in 1990.  Drewes  weaves classical music into a wide body of music that he composed and performed.  He continues to record and tour with artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Toninho Horta, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch and Peter Erskine.

Bevan Manson’s Piano Quartet was powerfully polyrhythmic. – The Washington Post

Ed Neumeister is one of the finest of his generation, an underrated giant waiting to be discovered. – All Music Guide

Michael Patterson is a wonderful composer and collaborator – Eddie Daniels

Dreith is influenced by early 20th century classical, with echoes of Copland and Stravinsky. – Music Connection Magazine

Ms. Cuckson brought out the work’s singing quality, soulfulness as deep as anything in Janacek. Her tonal luster and variety of touch enliven everything she plays. – New York Times

 John Arucci has influenced the explosion of Bahian music – Bahia Tribune

Critics laud Lee Musiker as absolutely brilliant, sparkling, and a remarkably empathic and inventive virtuoso.

For more information contact:

Bevan Manson (310) 386-8151 – Michael Patterson (917) 887-6921


Concerts at the Loft

Concerts at the Loft – Saturday January 30th, 7:30 pm

2465 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA – 805.807.9776

Improvisatory Minds:

Concert Music by Jazz Composers
$25 general admission includes reception

Tickets at the door, or contact: (310) 386-8151 or,


Ben Hudson, violin

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra concertmaster
“Ben was the star of the evening” -Andrew Porter, the New Yorker

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Antoinette Perry, piano

USC piano faculty and celebrated concert pianist

Antoinette Perry, senior lecturer of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California. (Courtesy photo) FEB13

Plus: Phil Ayling, oboe; Jennie Hansen, viola; Hans Ottsen, guitar;

Bevan Manson, piano; Brad Dutz, percussion


Music by Ed Neumeister, Bevan Manson, Michael Patterson,

Dennis Dreith, Duke Ellington, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Improvisatory Minds is a collective of composers from Los Angeles, Austria, New York, and Oxnard. We present classical concert music informed by a jazz perspective. Our previous events have included the New Hollywood String Quartet, the Righteous Girls (NYC), the Panic Duo, and members of the Lyris String Quartet at Upstairs at Vitello’s, St. Peter’s Church in New York, Classical Encounters, and with TV composer Jeff Beal.

Wine Tasting offered by Graef Wine


Violinist Ben Hudson was the concertmaster/director of the renowned Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Germany for 20 years,

and lead the orchestra on tours with them to China, Japan, Korea, and South America. Previously he had been concertmaster for many groups in New York, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the New York Pops. He was also concertmaster for Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, as well as London’s well-known period instrument orchestra the Hanover Band.

As a soloist and concertmaster, he has worked with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Lukas Foss, and Dennis Russell Davies.  Hudson was also first violinist for NYC’s major contemporary music groups, Speculum Musicae and the Group for Contemporary Music.

He has directed recordings of J.S. Bach’s complete Violin Concertos, Brandenburg Concertos, and the Art of the Fugue.  Along with pianist Mary Verney, Hudson has recorded the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas for Nimbus Records. He has also recorded music of contemporary American composers such as John Adams, Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and John Cage.  With the Hanover Band, he recorded a highly regarded version of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.  The Strad Magazine commented that “his performance is so fine that he seems able to energize both orchestra and conductor…sets a standard for future performances”.  Regarding a recording of American composer Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and American Gamelan, the New York Times said, “ the most persuasive advocacy of Harrison’s music came from Benjamin Hudson’s violin…”.

Born in Illinois, Ben grew up in California and studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Eunice Shapiro, Josef Gingold, Oscar Shumsky,  Joseph Silverstein, and Henryk Szeryng.


Pianist Antoinette Perry gave her first public performance at the age of four. She has since appeared throughout the U.S., Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists, including Leon Fleisher, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Brooks Smith, David Shifrin, Gabor Rejto, Henri Temianka, Joaquin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, and actors Michael York and Walter Matthau.

She has performed with members of the American, Chicago, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Los Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia, and Takacs string quartets, as well as concertmasters and principals of major orchestras in Los Angeles, New York, Rotterdam, the Hague, Amsterdam, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Gulbenkian, Zurich, Chicago, St. Louis, Toronto, and San Francisco.

As an Artist-Faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Ms. Perry performed in over 100 festival concerts, in addition to participating in festivals in Germany, China and throughout North America. Her recordings in collaboration with flutist David Shostac have been issued by Harmonie & Excelsior and her work has frequently been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, and the Bravo! channel.

Le Dauphine Libere has lauded Ms. Perry’s “irreproachable technique” and “a musical comprehension which could only belong to one of the greats.” Germaine Vadi of Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphine wrote, “One felt to be in the presence of a great pianist – an absolute art of nuance, her subtle touch, and finally her perfect musical understanding, which permits her to assimilate the music of all cultures.”

Distinguishing herself as a pedagogue, Ms. Perry taught with UCLA for 12 years before joining the Keyboard Studies faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996.