Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Sunday, October 30, 8 p.m.| Kate Buchanan Room, HSU
“Miller is a drummer of fierce clarity and bold imagination.”
—John Miller, The Guardian (London)
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Twice named "rising star drummer" in the DownBeat critics poll, Allison Miller keeps time for the likes of Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and Brandi Carlile when she's not busy with her own groups, and her music has featured prominently on Showtime's "The L Word." A child of the 80s who came of age listening to jazz, funk, rock and pop, Miller is deeply influenced by free jazz drummer Ed Blackwell, but also by the beats of Go-Go (DC-style funk) and Prince drummer Sheila E. The compelling grooves of Boom Tic Boom take in everything from post-bop and avant-garde to country and funk, and their namesake album landed high on a bunch of "Best of 2010" lists, including ours.
Miller grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and began playing drums at age 10. After college, she moved to New York City, where she established herself not only as an in-demand drummer noted for her "melodic" approach, but as a composer, producer and teacher. In the jazz world she has worked extensively with both saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, as well as with vocalist Kitty Margolis (who comes to the Morris Graves later this season) and guitarist Joel Harrison. (And would it be superficial of us to point out that the fashion site DapperQ.com once suggested starting a campaign to crown Miller “America’s Dyke Heartthrob”?)
Miller is a selfless leader, and her Boom Tic Boom quartet is built around three other remarkable players. Bassist Todd Sickafoose, another longtime DiFranco sideman, has played with such diverse figures as Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Yoko Ono, as well as leading his own group, Tiny Resistors. Pianist Myra Melford has played for the RJA as part of Trio M and as the leader of her own group Be Bread, and she accompanied violinist Jenny Scheinman on the latter's CenterArts show in 2009. Scheinman herself grew up in Petrolia and studied briefly at Humboldt State before making her way to the Oberlin Conservatory, UC Berkeley, San Francisco and New York. She has released six CDs of original music, with her seventh, Mischief and Mayhem at the Village Vanguard, to appear in January. In addition to her own projects, she frequently collaborates with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and has worked with artists as varied as Bono, Bruce Cockburn, Lou Reed, Metallica and Norah Jones.
Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website, or at Wildberries, Wildwood Music, People's Records, and The Works.
Members of Boom Tic Boom will also present a FREE public workshop the following morning, Monday, October 31st at 11:00 in Music 131. People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend. (Costumes optional!)
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Additional support for this show comes from Arcata Arts, Big Pete's Pizzeria, KHSU, Libation Wine Shop & Wine Bar, Dr. Ange Lobue, Northtown Books, Rustic West Trading Company, Les Scher, Tomo Japanese Restaurant, and Zwerdling, Bragg & Mainzer LLP.