701 CCA Concert: Jason Ajemian

 February 18, 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm)

701 Center for Contemporary Art

$5 non-members,  $4 members

AJEMIAN, who will present a solo performance with upright bass and voice, has worked with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of his generation such as KenVandermark, Dave Rempis, Marc Ribot, Josephine Foster, Bill Dixon, Scott Tuma, Tony Malaby, Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Matt Bauder, Mary Halvorson, Chad Taylor, Hush Arbors and Helado Negro. Ajemian has performed in more than 15 countries, including the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Festival Della Creativa in Florence, Italy, and the 50th anniversary celebration of Sweden’s main modern art museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Jacksonville, Florida music reviewer Jack Diablo wrote about a 2009 solo performance by Ajemian, that the musician “coaxed the audience to the floor below the stage, politely asked for their attention, and then received it in full. While his request was polite, his music demanded it. For an instrument that is normally relegated to providing accompaniment for a melody, he made the beast sing, eliciting sounds far outside its usual range.”

The result has been described as “intoxicating, impressive and innovative.” Ajemian has toured the world as a soloist and with various bands such as The High Life and Helado Negro. He’s performed in over 15 countries and at world-renowned art events like The Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, The Palais De Tokyo in Paris, the Festival Della Creativa in Florence and the 50th Anniversary of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

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