When: Mon., Dec. 16, 8 p.m. 2013
HARMOLODIC MONK was the brainchild of noted cornet player Matt Lavelle after years of study with Ornette Coleman and ongoing performance and recording with the Bern Nix Quartet. Matt came across radical vibraphonist/percussionist John Pietaro during their mutual performance with the Ras Moshe Unit and the two quickly realized that their influences weighed heavily on the brilliant compositions of Thelonious Monk and the revolutionary philosophy of Ornette Coleman. Both are also anti-purists who revel in the amalgamation of sounds, genres and styles. Harmolodic Monk debuted on the bill of the Music Now! series at the Brecht Forum in NYC during 2013, featuring blurred harmonies, stinging accents, crushes, soaring melodic lines, burning improvisations and maybe just a little bit of the shock of the new. Subsequent NY performances included ABC No Rio (Aug 4) and the Firehouse Space (Oct 19). They will be taking their soundscape to Beacon NY's Quinn's nighclub as a part of the Monday night new jazz series (Dec 16) and hitting the recording studio Jan 6 to create their first collection for Unseen Rain Records.