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Date(s) - 09/11/2018
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Willows Nest


Apologies!  Event is cancelled

Whether in the hands of Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman or John Zorn, the alto saxophone has long been an instrument of radical change in jazz. The influence of all three giants is audible in the work of young NYC altoist Chris Pitsiokos, but on this harsh yet revelatory quartet album […] he puts forth his own startlingly original vision. […] move from hyperactive freeform scramble to viselike compositional precision […] herky-jerky punk-funk outfit’s bent take on prog. Throughout the record, the leader’s astonishingly fleet sax work – sometimes darting and soulful, sometimes squalling and unhinged – explodes with urgency and feverish invention.
–Hank Shteamer for Rolling Stone

Chris Pitsiokos is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work combines the lyricism of jazz and the intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music.

His compositions often function as a platform for performers to express a singular aesthetic vision without subjugating their individual voices as creative agents in their own right. In this way his work contrasts with more traditional modes of composition in which the composer or band leader is the sole, or primary arbiter, of a unified vision. Pitsiokos has worked with Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Joe Morris, Philip White, Otomo Yoshihide, C Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Brandon Seabrook, Lydia Lunch, Paul Lytton, Miya Masaoka, Mick Barr, Susana Santos Silva, and many more. He is currently the saxophonist in Nate Wooley’s quartet, Knknighgh. He has toured throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan. He was a contributor to Arcana VIII, a book of essays edited by John Zorn, and was a resident at Zorn’s club the Stone in November 2016. In addition to performing and composing music, Pitsiokos was a longtime DJ at radio station WKCR-FM and has been producing concerts in Brooklyn and Manhattan for five years.

“It’s very difficult to do justice, using words, to how enervating and annihilating this set was” and “pure face-ripping of the highest order”
-the Village Voice

Chris will bring his band, CP Unit, to The Nest to kick off his November European Tour – catch this visionary in the intimacy and comfort you’ve come to expect from The Nest.

“A persuasive combination of harmolodic jazz and contemporary noise rock”

-Bill Meyer/Downbeat

CP Unit’s lineup is:
Chris Pitsiokos – alto saxophone and electronics
Sam Lisabeth – guitar
Henry Fraser – electric bass
Jason Nazary – drums and electronics


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