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The As Yet Quintet joins five forces in New England music for a creative medley of Mideastern, Caribbean, and jazz sounds. In As Yet’s music you’ll hear sounds from Latin grooves to Turkish modes, Arabic rhythms played on Peruvian wooden boxes, and blues in the rhythms of Columbia and Martinique.
As Yet’s members are Anna Patton, clarinet; Charlie Schneeweis, trumpet; Eugene Uman, piano; Todd Roach, dumbek and frame drums; and Julian Gerstin, congas and Latin percussion. Anna Patton has blazed a path as an in-demand folk/jazz/world music clarinetist, traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with innovative dance bands such as Elixir and swing quartet Housetop. Eugene Uman is well known to New England audiences as Artistic and Executive Director of the Vermont Jazz Center. Eugene has appeared with acts ranging from rocker Bo Diddley, to straight-ahead jazz with Sonny Fortune and Sheila Jordan, to the avant-garde. With As Yet he brings his interest in Columbian rhythms, learned during his two years teaching and performing in Columbia.
Charlie Schneeweis is one of the top brass musicians in New England, bringing to the trumpet an intense lyricism and a wide creative vision encompassing both jazz and classical music. Charlie is a regular performer with New England bands including Simba, Virtual Ensemble, Ill-Wind Ensemble, Keene Jazz Orchestra, Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, Hugh Keelan Ensemble and his own Charlie Schneeweis Quartet. Of his CD “Had Miles Met Maurice,” critic Wes Phillips wrote, “And sonically? It’s a slice of heaven. Schneeweis’ trumpet is composed of equal parts breath and brass. He’s got great chops--and a velvet embouchure.” As if that weren’t enough, Charlie, with the Virtual Ensemble” won the 1998 “Talent From Towns Under 2000” contest on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion.
As Yet’s two percussionists tap expertly into the infinite world of folk percussion. Todd Roach, on Middle Eastern and North African percussion, works with multi-instrumentalist Beth Cohen and the group 35th Parallel, and has twice appeared at the international frame drum festival Tamburi Mundi in Freiburg, Germany. Julian Gerstin, on Caribbean and African percussion, is a member of Afrocuban folkloric troupe Iroko Nuevo, afrobeat ensemble Fenibo, Dan DeWalt’s Green Mountain Mambo, and a veteran of numerous Latin jazz, experimental jazz, highlife, soukous, and mbaqanga bands. Julian is a specialist on the tanbou bèlè drum of Martinique, a technically demanding instrument rarely heard outside the island.
Check out As Yet’s music at http://www.asyetquintet.com, where you can also hear samples of the ensemble’s CD “Strange but True.”