knknighgh (pronounced knife) is a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition. Inspired by the minimalist poems of Aram Saroyan, Wooley wrote only one short and fragmented for this group, which consists of three of the most interesting upcoming musicians in New York today: Chris Pitsiokos on alto saxophone, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums.
The group worked tirelessly on on pushing the simple 13 bar theme to its limits. Wooley wrote short fragmentary loop compositions that could be triggered by a simple auditory cue by anyone in the band, making this a form of composition by committee. The group finds new configurations of the almost non-existent material that give a fresh perspective on the free jazz aesthetic while forcing the players out of their comfort zones and into pure creative energy.
Listen to a track from knknighgh's upcoming recording: Minimalist Poetry (for Aram Saroyan) out soon on Clean Feed Records
knknighgh's first recording, Minimalist Poetry (for Aram Saroyan) will be release in July on Clean Feed Records. The recording came at the end of a NY residency at the, now defunct, Manhattan Inn and signals the first peak of the quartet's powers to create and recreate Wooley's sparse songbook.
The quartet will celebrate their first release at the 2017 Ljubljana Jazz Festival on July 2nd. The performance will be part of an unofficial "trumpet" night on the festival which also features Blue Note's Ambrose Akinmusire and Chicago Underground founder Rob Mazurek.