Ensemble V was founded at Bennington College in 1973 as part of the
curriculum of the new Black Music Studies program. It was one of seven
ensembles led by teaching faculty of the program founded and led by the
late creative innovator and educator, Bill Dixon. Ensemble V began as a
group performing the original works of its founder and leader, Arthur
Brooks. The work combined elements of composition and improvisation
informed by the ability of the participants and the aesthetic directives of
its leader. The group had many incarnations over the past thirty years, and
has evolved to the present incarnation. The musicians are recognized
professionals who have performed nationally and internationally, and have
been associated with the ensemble from as little as six to over twenty
years. We are proud to present our music to you.
Musician, composer, trumpeter/flugelhornist has been practicing and
performing music for over fifty years. He was raised in a musical family
pursued the study with his teachers and mentors, entranced by the
trans-formative powers of its presence and practice. He has studied and/or
performed and recorded with Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Alan Silva, William
Parker, Stan Strickland, Sydney Smart, Ted Daniel, and many others. He was
a member of the Bennington College faculty for over twenty-three years. He
has been Artist in Residence at Middlebury College, School of New Dance
Development (Amsterdam), Rotterdam Improvisers Pool, among other
institutions. Brooks has collaborated and/or performed with Judith Dunn,
Pauline deGroot, Christine Svane, Susan Sgorbati, Peter Schmitz, and
Patricia Bardi, The Architects Dance Company, and most notably, Penny
Campbell and the Giants of Sciants, a company of improvising dancers and
muscians. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts
grant, a Vermont Council on the Arts grant, a number of commissions, and
Jeremy Harlos-Double Bass
Studied with Arthur Brooks and Bill Dixon at Bennington College
1986-1991. B.A. in Black Music and Mathematics from Bennington College in 1990.
Worked with the Giants of Sciants 1990-1991. M.A. in Mathematics from University of Colorado
at Boulder in 1992. Worked with the Dance Company of Middlebury College January of 1993.
Performed and recorded with Arthur Brooks, Jack Wright, Justin Perdue, Matt
Weston, the So-Called Jazz Sextet, the Alec Julien Quartet, and the Patricia Julien
Anthony Santor-Double Bass
Anthony has played bass for the last 40 years. Growing up in New
Jersey 20 minutes from New York City he was able to experience many of the
top Jazz musicians performing in N.Y. He started lessons at age 19 and
studied with Nick Baycak for 2 years. In that time he learned how to
prepare to play Jazz. He also learned how play with the bow.
In 1988 Anthony moved to Vermont and has been performing with some of
Vermont's finest Jazz musicians. Santor has performed all through New
England. He is currently a member of Ensemble V led by Arthur Brooks.
Ensemble V is a improvising ensemble. Anthony play's music from straight
ahead Jazz to the free.
Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed
throughout the US and in Europe. He has studied and/or collaborated
with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles
Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Bob Marsh, Ben
Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim
O’Rourke, William Parker, Jack Wright, and many others. His work has
earned critical praise from such publications as the Wire, the Village
Voice, Signal To Noise, Cadence, and All About Jazz. In addition to
his work with the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V, Weston is a member of Barn
Owl with Chris Cooper (Fat Worm Of Error) and Andy Crespo (Egg Eggs);
and Thrillpillow with Plum Crane and Maggie Nowinski.
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