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
08/23/18 Uptown Big Band Phoenix Private Event
Time: 7:30pm.
08/09/18 Mary Petrich trio/quartet Scottsdale Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 4425 North Granite Reef Road.
07/31/18 Kevin Tagney Big Band Phoenix Union Hall
Time: 7:00pm.
06/21/18 Sherry Roberson Quintet Scottsdale, AZ Bodega 13
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 8876 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd..
06/02/18 Sheila Earley and Friends Phoenix The Nash
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 110 E. Roosevelt.
05/26/18 Beth Lederman Quartet Phoenix State Capitol
Time: 7:30pm.
05/25/18 The Nash Composers Coalition Phoenix The Nash
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 110 E. Roosevelt.
04/28/18 Mary Petrich Phoenix Private Event
04/24/18 Mary Petrich Phoenix St. Thomas Church
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 2312 E Campbell Ave.
04/23/18 Phoenix Symphony Phoenix Symphony Hall
Time: 2:00pm. Address: 75 North Second Ave. Beatles Tribute
04/20/18 - 04/21/18 Phoenix Symphony Phoenix Symphony Hall
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 75 North Second Ave. Beatles Tribute
04/14/18 Beth Lederman Duo Scottsdale Artwalk
Time: 1:00pm. 1 to 4 PM

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Happenings

Exciting new project!
Jeanne Newhall and Mary Petrich

Jeanne and Mary reunite to collaborate in a new musical project featuring original compositions, pop tunes, standards and improvisations.

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

“(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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