|September 30, Jazz with Stan and Josh, 7:30 pm
"Rosen and Strickland are more than just in sync - they often sound like a single musician playing two instruments."
- Kevin R. Convey, Boston Herald
"With the soul of an improv jam session, these two are one of the tastiest, new treats to come along in a while. Fine stuff that adults will love hearing when they are in an off-the-clock mode. Check it out."
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland began their collaboration on a magical autumn evening in the parlor of an elegant Victorian inn. The immediacy of their rapport cast a wide safety net for mutual musical adventure. Wild cascades of improvisation through diverse yet connected musical worlds enthralled the audience. "Instinct" continues the voyage: a joyous spontaneous ride through a profound range of emotions and musical story telling.
Rosen's compositions, direct and engaging, with strong formal constructs, propel the duo's explorations. Sparkling woodwind colors play off a keenly responsive piano, at times reflective, probing, and playful. The music shouts, whispers, and cries, carrying one away with it. Strickland creates an astounding variety of colors due to his virtuosic command of seven woodwind instruments, innovative, expansive vocals and percussion, all deeply rooted in world traditions.