BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Among New York's most exciting young voices, Kyle Nasser and Simona Premazzi make their debut at the BOP STOP with their high energy quartet. Tickets to attend this show are $20 each.
Simona Premazzi and Kyle Nasser have played together for nearly a decade, but in late 2021, they hatched the idea to start a collaborative group, each doing half the writing. The group has played frequently around NYC at venues such as Smalls, Lunatico, Bar Bayeux, and Cellar Dog for over a year and have honed a book of music that has diverse influences yet a consistent aesthetic - modern jazz with historical awareness, copious counterpoint, strong melodies, and groove. They are excited to bring frequent collaborators Martin Nevin on bass and Jay Sawyer on drums.
This event will also be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and directly support the band. To donate, select "Donation: Livestream Attendee" as your Ticket Option above and follow the steps below:
A Massachusetts native and graduate of both Harvard and Berklee, Kyle Nasser has been described as possessing, "superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and urbane artistic composure” (Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz). Since moving to New York City in 2010, he has played at some of the city's most prestigious venues - including the Blue Note, Smalls, Iridium, 55 Bar, and the Jazz Gallery - and has toured in the U.S. and South America. Nasser has shared the stage with jazz greats Rich Perry, Ethan Iverson, Michael Formanek, Simona Premazzi, Roman Filiu, Massimo Biolcati, and Ben Monder, among others. In addition to leading his own group, he also plays with and composes for the international collective Beekman, whose sound has been described as "a joyful and continued speculation flowing in almost all facts with surprising ease" (Jazz, ese ruido), and the collective Triple Blind. With this last group, Nasser won the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant in 2021.
Nasser's debut album, Restive Soul, features his quintet presenting "a collection of sophisticated and complex modern jazz originals" (Jazz Weekly). His music stands out for its seamless integration of classical forms and techniques with jazz language and phrasing. The album's songs weave together sonata forms, baroque to 20th century counterpoint, and modern rhythms with modern jazz vocabulary. "The saxophonist's debut is knotty with a contrapuntal weave of voices, bumpy mixed meters, and alternating rhythmic currents that nonetheless groove, sometime with a rocking edge" (Boston Globe).
Persistent Fancy, his latest release, expands on these concepts both timbrally and melodically. Nasser adds alto sax and synth textures to the mix explores the idea of the “suite” - multiple tracks related by a common theme. Get your copy here: https://kylenassermusic.bandcamp.com/
New York based pianist Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town in the outskirts of Milano, where she began playing piano at age 8 and a half. A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Udine. She followed up her studies in Milano, by enrolling in the International Academy of Jazz Music and CPM music school, studying with two of Italy’s formidable jazz masters, Massimo Colombo and Franco D’Andrea.
As a student she became a member of two of the Academy’s most interesting bands – the Mingus Fingers Septet, of course focusing on the music of Charles Mingus, followed by a four year stint with Enrico Intra’s Big Band, touring across Italy and playing along side internationally recognized musicians including Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.
Since moving to New York in 2004, she has earned recognition for her improvisational work and skillful approach as a composer, with an unmistakable style and depth that comes across in every one of her compositions. She has shown herself to be an accomplished bandleader and much sought after collaborative partner on other artists’ musical projects. Premazzi performed in all major New York jazz venues including the historic and prestigious Village Vanguard, jazz festivals around the US and abroad. Highlights of her musical path include a few years collaboration with Greg Osby 4 and with Jeremy Pelt 5et, sharing international stages with jazz masters Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Ben Allison and others.
Simona has released several CDs as a leader. “Outspoken” (PRE) 2017, received stellar reviews by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, the DownBeat Magazine gave it 4 stars and selected it among the best albums of 2017. “Outspoken” features her quartet with long time collaborator saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Nasheet Waits, guest trumpeter and producer Jeremy Pelt and guest vocalist Sara Serpa.Back to Calendar