While she’s been doing other projects—most notably, Resonance with tuba player Mark Weaver, as well as the quartet Woof!—vocalist Patti Littlefield has not fronted her own group in recent years, depriving Albuquerque of its fair share of opportunities to hear her sing jazz and blues. That changes this weekend when she takes the stage backed by guitarist Lewis Winn and bassist Michael Olivola. “These guys are pretty greasy,” she says admiringly. Greasy enough that the trio will go without a drummer. “We’re trying something a little different,” says Littlefield. “Without the drums, the bass takes over. The pockets get deeper, and I like to slide into them.” Look for the trio to serve up “something succulent and juicy,” she adds, with songs old and new.
Starting Some Shows
A primer on performance
Mark Weaver’s UFO Ensemble
Well-engineered tunes support free, focused improvisation
Mark Weaver—tuba player, composer and founder of the UFO Ensemble—interlaces written and freely improvised elements to construct sturdy, expressive tunes capable of bearing the full weight of his collaborators’ imaginations. At turns bluesy, boppish, swinging, funky, concrete and organic, his compositions promote a focused but freewheeling conversation among the quartet’s musicians. The dialogue engages listeners even as it challenges the suppositions of some.
A home for new and unorthodox music feathers its nest
These are some of the “normal” ways of getting music done. But for adventurous musicians, such everyday forms—even everyday instruments—don’t always serve their artistic impulses. These musical explorers search for new ways to communicate. They also need an audience with whom to share their discoveries.
Enter Mark Weaver, architect, tuba player, and adventurous musician and listener, who wondered how he could help out. His answer: The Roost, a series of “emergent creative music,” says the statement of purpose, “curated with an eye to originality, freshness of approach, and artistic vision.”