Saxophonist Abraham Mennen and bassist Brandon Lopez will perform a live set on Afternoon New Music at 5:00 PM.
Abraham Mennen will be performing this Thursday, September 29th, at 8:00 PM at Manhattan Inn, Williamsburg. He will be joined by Daniel Carter on winds, Luke Stewart on bass and Dan Kurfirst on drums and percussion.
Gold medallist at the 2011 ATKV-Muziq national classical music competition, Abraham Mennen, studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he obtained a First Class Honours. During his studies in London he was a member of the London Saxophone Ensemble, performing at the World Saxophone Congress 2009 and UNESCO Bangkok. He has also performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Contemporary Orchestra. He recently completed his masters in jazz performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Brandon Lopez is a composer and bassist committed to the exploration and cultivation of improvised, not so improvised, and strange musics. Since moving to NYC in 2013, his idiosyncratic approach has become an object of interest for the left of center music world. With past and ongoing collaborations including the likes of Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Tony Malaby, Joe Morris, Tyshawn Sorey, Jaimie Branch, Brandon Seabrook, Gerald Cleaver, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ben Gerstein, Man Forever, Weasel Walter, Mike Pride, Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, and many others. He currently leads the trio, Xivaros (Carlo Costa and Alejandro Florez)which obliquely draws from his musical and non-musical experiences as a member of the diaspora of Puerto Rico. He is also sought after as a soloist, with his first solo album, Vitriol, to be released in the summer of 2016.