“Listening to Zen Widow is like flipping through a sheaf of pages ripped from a sketchbook: sometimes you get fully worked out pictures, Listening to Zen Widow is like flipping through a sheaf of pages ripped from a sketchbook: sometimes you get fully worked out pictures, at other times drawings too fragmentary to do more than intrigue and bemuse. . . These are striking conjunctions of disparate materials, like a musical equivalent of the Surrealist game of “exquisite corpses.”
- Cadence Magazine
Formed in the spring of 2003, the members of the Zen Widow trio have earned solid reputations for pushing the edges of contemporary jazz and improvised music. They share a quest for seamless interaction, built upon a broad base of style and genre that gives life to the manifold directions of their music. With an international lineup featuring Sicilian Gianni Gebbia and Bay Area members Matthew Goodheart and Garth Powell, the group has performed to critical acclaim throughout the US and Europe, including performances at the San Francisco Alternative Jazz Festival, Seattle Polestar Festival, Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik (Zürich), Festival Jazzwelten (Dresden), Umestusiumetnosti (Celjie, Slovenia) and many others. They have also collaborated with many notable improvisers, including Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Fred Frith (guitar), and George Cremaschi (bass).
Zen Widow has just released their third CD SCREAMING IN DAYTIME (MAKES MEN FORGET) with the great trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith, a tribute to the late great tenor saxophonist and composer Glenn Spearman. The disc will be availlable soon at the pfmentum website. Their first CD ZEN WIDOW, an eclectic mix of pieces ranging from 17 seconds to 8 minutes, received enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Their second disc QUODLIBET, is an exploration of collage form, combining melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic fragments from jazz, popular, and classical music from many eras. Their