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Two of today’s most exciting musical talents—Zoh Amba on saxophone and Chris Corsano on drums—team up for an evening of ecstatic avant-jazz exploration.
Zoh Amba began playing the saxophone during her middle school days in east Tennessee, where she took to practicing daily in the forest near her home. Amba’s relationship to the instrument initially represented an escape from a deep sadness, which she describes frequently in interviews. Over time it developed into a conduit for the divine—the title of her album Bhakti (2022) means devotion to God—as she views her music and her commitment to the Hindu spiritual discipline of Advaita Vedanta as inexorably linked. Amba’s influences include Albert Ayler and her mentor David Murray, who has praised the young musician’s search for her own voice. John Zorn produced her debut record, O, Sun (2022), for his renowned label Tzadik Records.
For this performance Amba is joined by Chris Corsano, praised as “one of the world’s great drummers” by the Guardian (UK). An upstate New York–based musician who’s been active at the intersections of free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990s, Corsano has worked with everyone from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Wilco’s Nels Cline to New York saxophonist Paul Flaherty and Björk, who invited Corsano to play on her Volta world tour in 2007–8. Be among the first in the region to see Amba and Corsano unite onstage in fearless pursuit of pure music and collective improvisation. (program approx. 60–75 mins.)
IMAGE CAPTIONZoh Amba, courtesy of Heavy Trip.
Zoh Amba is a composer, saxophonist, and flutist from Tennessee whose music blends avant-garde approaches and devotional hymns. Amba studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, and under the tutelage of New York’s David Murray. Her 2022 record Bhakti features Columbus native Micah Thomas as well as Tyshawn Sorey and Matt Hollenberg. Read more about the artist.
Chris Corsano has bridged the worlds of rock and jazz since the late 1990s, drumming with such bands as Tall Firs and Sunburned Hand of the Man while beginning a long-standing partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty. The in-demand drummer has made many musical allies since, including guitaritst Bill Orcutt, who joins Corsano and Amba on the 2023 release The Flower School. In February 2006, Corsano released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan. In 2017, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award. Read more about the artist.
PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYDoris Duke Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYOhio Department of DevelopmentGreater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Wexner FamilyInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesOhio Arts CouncilCampusParcOhio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery ThemeThe Columbus FoundationNationwide FoundationVorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYMike and Paige CraneAxium PackagingNancy KramerOhio State Energy PartnersOhio History Fund/Ohio History ConnectionLarry and Donna JamesBruce and Joy SollJones DayAlex and Renée Shumate
Zoh Amba + Chris Corsano