MURMURATION

New Album

 

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Creative saxophonist Mary Petrich has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years. Her desire to push the boundaries has led her to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet “OpenHand”.

With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats. Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, and the Nash Composer Coalition.

 

Events

Date Artist City Venue
08/20/19 New Guard Big Band Phoenix Musician’s Union Hall
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1202 E Oak St. 7-9PM
08/10/19 Uptown Big Band Scottsdale Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 7137 E. Stetson Drive. 9PM-1AM
08/10/19 Uptown Big Band Scottsdale Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 7137 E. Stetson Drive.
08/10/19 Mancini The Band Maricopa Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 15406 North Maricopa Rd. 3PM-8PM
08/04/19 Blaise Lantana Band Phoenix The Nash
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 110 E. Roosevelt. 3-5PM
07/27/19 Mancini The Band Maricopa Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 15406 North Maricopa Rd. 12-5PM
07/12/19 Uptown Big Band Scottsdale Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 7137 E. Stetson Drive. 9PM-1AM
07/07/19 Mancini The Band Maricopa Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 15406 North Maricopa Rd. 3-8PM
07/07/19 Mancini The Band Maricopa Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 15406 North Maricopa Rd.
07/07/19 Mancini The Band Maricopa Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 15406 North Maricopa Rd.
06/21/19 Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars Minneapolis, MN Crooners
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 6161 Hwy 65 NE. Venue phone: (763) 571-9020.
06/14/19 Mary Petrich Phoenix Private Event
Time: 7:30pm.

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Happenings

Ten composers. Ten performers. Ten premieres.

Developed as a fresh, creative outlet for Phoenix jazz artists, the Nash Composers Coalition makes its debut with a complete program of original works. Spearheaded by Keith Kelly, Jeff Libman, and Russell Schmidt, the Nash Composers Coalition is guided by this principal: each performer should also contribute a new piece for the group to play.

Other venues where Mary Petrich performs include:

The Nash – Phoenix, AZ
Symphony Hall – Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, AZ
Tucson Jazz Festival – Tucson, AZ
AZ Music Festival – Scottsdale, AZ
The Dakota – St. Paul, MN
The Jazz Room – Kitchener, Ontario
Twin Cities Jazz Festival – St. Paul, MN
Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
Tempe Arts Festival, Tempe, AZ

Education and Workshops

Tucson Girls Jazzin It Up Jazz Intensive

June 3rd through June 19
Ages 10-17
Tucson Jazz Foundation

Phoenix College Summer Jazz Workshop

June 10. 11, 12
6-9pm
Phoenix College
With instructors Ryan Anthony, Claudia Bloom

“(Mary) Petrich is an Arizona-based working musician who finds moments of splendor in a wide variety of gigs. Every time she steps onstage, she finds new nuances to uncover.  In her latest release; 2016’s ‘Murmuration’, she and the quartet keep the tracks light and lovely, with surreal moments of incredible synchronicity… (her) contemplative, exotic Middle-Eastern styled ‘Neptune’ is the longest piece in the group, yet the most satisfying spiritually, as the saxophonist shows the listener just what she means by avoiding repetition and embracing change, in an organic, languid pace. It’s as if the thoughts and images move her hands and her breath as they filter through her physical form and down to her soul.”

Review by Carol Weber, AXS

murmuration cover

New album out now!

Unveiling a natural evolution of an impressive career that has ranged from modern classical to big band to the avant garde, the pioneering Petrich literally takes flight on her noteworthy new CD, Murmuration (Surface Tension Records).

Murmuration unleashes ten compelling forays into an instrumental realm that is both challenging and accessible. Petrich’s tenor and soprano saxophone leads are sparse but profound as she speaks volumes through each solo. Her OpenHand quartet is rounded out by guitarist Alex Oliverio, bassist Sean Brogan and drummer Ryan Anthony, and together the foursome reveals a decidedly cool chemistry at work.

 

Snapshots

Audio Samples

Neptune

by Mary Petrich: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio, Sean Brogan and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration

October Song

by Sean Brogan: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration

Lunch with Burroughs

by Ryan Anthony: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio and Sean Brogan | Murmuration

Nar Waltz

by Alex Oliverio: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Sean Brogan and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration

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