Ensemble 52 Pickup

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PICKUP PREMIERE: Saxophonist and composer Jeff Crompton and cellist Benjamin Shirley, joined by five fellow improvisers, will premiere Crompton’s “Ensemble 52 Pickup” Oct. 27 at the First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park.
Friday October 27, 2023 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $10
CRITIC’S PICK: Jeff Crompton premieres “Ensemble 52 Pickup,” the latest in a series of “index card” works by the prolific Atlanta sax player and composer. On Oct. 27 at the First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park, Crompton will conduct a seven-piece ensemble comprising some of Atlanta’s finest improvisers: Katherine Young (bassoon), Sandy Wade (clarinet), Ben Davis (tenor sax), David Gray (guitar), Paul Stevens (vibraphone), Chip Epsten (violin) and Benjamin Shirley (cello). According to the composer, “Ensemble 52 Pickup” combines composition and improvisation “to invoke a dream-like atmosphere.” The second half of the concert will feature groupings of musicians performing smaller-scale improvisations. — Doug DeLoach

From the venue:

First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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470 Candler Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-5570