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Reverso: Suite Ravel

February 10 @ 3:00 pm

Free - No Cost
Reverso: Suite Ravel

Reverso: Suite Ravel is:

  • Ryan Keberle, Trombone/Composition
  • Frank Woeste, Piano/Composition
  • Erik Friedlander, Cello
  • Adam Cruz, Drums

Concert Repertoire:

  • Le tombeau de Couperin, reimagined

About Reverso: Suite Ravel

Reverso, a new chamber jazz ensemble co-led by trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste, presents their new original work, “Suite Ravel”, in concert. “Suite Ravel” looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music realized by an outstanding quartet which also includes the acclaimed cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer extraordinaire Adam Cruz.

Keberle and Woeste show us that jazz and “classical” music have become even more intertwined in today’s music world, since they began to intersect amongst Ravel and his contemporaries such as Satie, Stravinsky and Milhaud over 100 years earlier, mutually inspiring the other’s practitioners.

Not many composers have inspired jazz musicians as often or as intensely as Maurice Ravel, one of the first 20th-century classical composers to acknowledge jazz as a valuable inspiration. During his US tour in 1928 Ravel said, “You Americans take jazz too lightly. You seem to see it as a music of little value, vulgar and ephemeral. In my point of view, it is jazz that will give rise to the national music of the United States.” Keberle and Woeste show us that jazz and classical music have become even more intertwined in today’s music world while drawing particular inspiration from Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin”, a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel, composed between 1914 and 1917, in six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite.

Woeste and Keberle explore the classic six movement French Baroque suite working with the characteristic movements of the Prelude, Fugue, Forlane, Rigaudon, Menuet, and Toccata, re-defining these movements within their own unique compositional languages while sometimes incorporating Ravel’s original melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material.

Reverso: Suite Ravel in the press

“The combination of jazz and chamber influences feels not like a struggle for dominance, but rather two different musics effortlessly complementing one another.” – Best of Bandcamp February 2018

“combines pulsating motifs, long painterly lines, open fields and pointillist statements into a fascinating whole…a captivating chamber quartet.” – Jazz Times

“that Ravelian line between jazz and classical has never has been more symbiotic.” – Downbeat

“a decidedly contemporary take on Maurice Ravel’s musical ideas…launching from Ravel but reaching its own heights.” – Rochester City Newspaper

Reverso: Suite Ravel online

  • Watch the video about the making of Suite Ravel on YouTube.
  • Listen to the entire Suite Ravel on YouTube.

About Ryan Keberle

Hailed in the Downbeat International Critics Poll as #1 Rising Star trombonist, a player “of vision and composure” according to The New York Times, Ryan Keberle has developed a one-of-a-kind voice both on his instrument and as a bandleader, earning distinction among jazz’s most adventurous new voices.

Keberle’s outlets include the celebrated piano-less group Catharsis; the Big Band Living Legacy Project, carrying on the rich musical language of big band jazz (’30s through ’70s), featuring top veteran players in the idiom; and Reverso — Suite Ravel, a chamber-jazz collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste featuring cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Keberle’s music integrates his wide-ranging experiences into a highly personal vernacular — immersed in jazz tradition, drawing on world music, pop and other influences, seeking fresh and original pathways. His earliest work as a leader, on Double Quartet and Heavy Dreaming, featured an ensemble thick with brass textures and a malleable little-big-band aesthetic. Catharsis, with its invigorating trombone-trumpet frontline, agile rhythm section and the voice and guitar of Camila Meza, debuted in 2012 with Music is Emotion, followed by Into the Zone in 2014 and Azul Infinito in 2016 (the latter two released on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf label). Billboard picked Azul Infinito as one of “five jazz albums you need to hear.”

In 2017 Catharis turned its attention to political turmoil in the U.S. with the protest album Find the Common, Shine a Light, praised by The Nation as “unpretentiously intelligent and profoundly moving.” Find the Common also saw Keberle emerging as a solid performing keyboardist (his first instrument).

Catharsis has toured internationally for years, engaging audiences at the Toronto, Ottawa, Rochester and Bergamo International Jazz Festivals, and at premier jazz clubs including Pizza Express (London), Le Duc des Lombards (Paris), Stadtgarten (Cologne), Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York) and bluewhale (Los Angeles). The band was also featured in NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert series and on the French TV channel Mezzo.

Keberle has also worked in endlessly varied settings with musicians ranging from superstars to up-and-coming innovators, in jazz, indie rock, R&B and classical music. As a featured soloist with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, he collaborated with David Bowie on his 2015 single “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime).” He has performed extensively with the acclaimed songwriter Sufjan Stevens and with Darcy James Argue’s groundbreaking big band Secret Society. He has also played in the big bands of Pedro Giraudo and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón, with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins, and with the Saturday Night Live house band. He has accompanied soul hit-makers Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as well as jazz legends Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis.

Keberle recently received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. He has also been recognized with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s French American Exchange and Tour Support grant and its Special Presenter Initiative, as well as the USArtists International Grant.

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Keberle was surrounded by music from an early age. His father was a jazz trumpeter and professor at Whitworth University, his mother a piano teacher and longtime church music director. Keberle studied classical violin and piano before adopting trombone as his primary instrument. He moved east in 1999 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where he came under the tutelage of renowned trombonist Steve Turre, as well as composers Michael Abene and Manny Albam. He was the sole member of his graduating class to receive the William H. Borden Award for musical excellence in jazz. In May 2003 he was among Juilliard’s first graduating Jazz Studies class, learning under trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and big-band leader/arranger David Berger, with whom he has worked ever since.

You can find Ryan Keberle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Frank Woeste

Frank Woeste is a pianist, composer and arranger living in Paris, France. Besides his work as a pianist, Frank is known to have developed a unique sound on the Fender Rhodes combing the natural sound of the Rhodes piano with different effects. He has recorded 5 albums as a leader and appears on a large number of albums as a sideman and arranger. Several of these albums have been awarded with a French Victoires du Jazz.

After graduating from Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris) in 2001 Frank won several 1st or 2nd prizes in international jazz competitions including the Steinway Prize at the Montreux International Piano Competition, Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition (Belgium) and the Gexto European Jazz Contest (Spain). In 2014 Mr. Woeste was awarded a French-American Jazz Exchange 2014 along the American trumpet player, Dave Douglas. The two recorded an album together that will be released in 2016.

He has worked with Ibrahim Maalouf, Dave Douglas, Michel Portal, Youn Sun Nah, Flavio Boltro, Rosario Guiliani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Clarence Penn, Nasheet Waits, Malik Mezzadri, Mederic Collignon, Stefano di Battista, Sylvain Luc, and Gretchen Parlato among others. He has played many of the major festivals around the world including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Montreal Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Ginza Jazz Festival Tokyo, London Jazz Festival, Jazz à Juan les Pins, and the Nice Jazz Festival.

His last album, “W-Double You”, featuring his trio augmented by a woodwind section and Malik Mezzadri was nominated at the Victoires du Jazz in 2011. His next album, “Pocket Rhapsody”, will be released on the prestigious ACT Music label in January 2016. Several albums Mr. Woeste has played on also received the French Victoires

Award including Mederic Collignon’s “Porgy and Bess” (2006), Mederic Collignon’s Jus de Bocse Quartet “Shangri Tunkashi-La” (2010), Ibrahim Maalouf’s “Wind” (2013) (Frank Woeste piano and arrangement with Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn), Mederic Collignon’s “le roi frippé” (2013), and Ibrahm Maalouf’s “Illusions”.

In response to Mr. Woeste’s latest album, “W-Double You”, Michel Contat of the French Telerama Magazine  raved “Woeste suit … sa trace pour les voicings de ses arrangements, extrêmement réussis, pour le phrasé, le climat harmonique, l’approche même du piano : féline, lyrique, affectueuse et tendre, turbulente par moments, intensément habitée.”

Woeste further follows his path with brilliant arrangements, phrasing, harmonic color, and the approach of the piano itself: feline, lyrical, affectionate and tender, sometimes turbulent, with a strong personal imprint.” [English Translation]

According to the German WDR 3 Mr. Woeste is “one of the best German jazz pianists”.

You can find Frank Woeste on Facebook and YouTube.


February 10
3:00 pm
Free - No Cost


Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 S. 114th Street
Omaha, NE 68144 United States
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