Candela Books + Gallery and Out Of Your Head Records presents the Michael + Peter Formanek Duo / Adam Hopkins’ School Work on Friday November 15, 2019 at Candela Books + Gallery, 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert, $10 suggested donation. Candelabooks.com.
Michael Formanek plays the double bass, and Peter plays all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute. Michael Formanek has played with Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, among many others. Extended bio here.
School Work is the new project of bassist and recent Richmond transplant Adam Hopkins. The band is Hopkins – bass, JC Kuhl – tenor saxophone, John Lilley – alto saxophone, and Brian Jones – drums. It’s devoted to performing the music of the avant-garde jazz composers of the 50s, 60s, and 70s: Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler, Andrew Hill, Jaki Byard, late Coltrane, for example.
Hopkins’ debut album Crickets ranked as the #2 Debut Album in the 2018 NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Crickets was the first release on Hopkins’ Out Of Your Head Records.