Josh Sinton’s Predicate Performs ‘4 freedoms’ for Creative Quartet

Josh Sinton’s Predicate Performs ‘4 freedoms’ for Creative Quartet


Friday, October 29, 2021 – 7:30pm

Josh Sinton’s “4 freedoms” is a meditation on and exploration of the models of democracy and compassionate anarchy manifested in the musics of Duke Ellington, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Hill, Julius Hemphill and Henry Threadgill. All of these African-American artists created personal and startling musical counterpoint and in doing so, imagined a world where everyone’s unique voice can be sounded together in a unique harmony. Sinton’s piece is an expression of his respect, admiration and love for the work of these great artists.

The performance will feature composer Josh Sinton on woodwinds, Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Tom Rainey on drums.

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  • Vaccination Card or Excelsior Pass required to attend
  • Children under 12 must present a negative COVID test done within 7 days prior to the event.
  • Mask wearing will be required for all audience members throughout the concert.
  • Tickets will be free and general admission. First come, first served.
  • Limited seating.

Josh Sinton

Named a “Rising Star” on the baritone saxophone in Downbeat’s 2020 critics poll, Josh Sinton is a composer and woodwind performer who utilizes his skills to create unique musical expressions of his everyday life. He has led the bands Ideal Bread, musicianer and Predicate and has performed in the groups of Anthony Braxton, Darcy James Argue, Nate Wooley and Andrew D’Angelo. He has also collaborated with Ingrid Laubrock, Dominic Lash, Guillermo Gregorio, Roswell Rudd, Jon Irabagon and Jeremiah Cymerman and is the winner of grants from both the Jazz Coalition and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Jonathan Finlayson

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as, “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is, “…fascinated with composition.” Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He has recorded in the groups of Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.

Christopher Hoffman

Christopher Hoffman is best known as a cellist to a varying list of bands, singer/songwriters, film makers, composers, improvisers and noisers. Christopher leads a band called Sad Companion as well as Limpet Trio, Iosono and Smart Growth Zone. He is a proud member of Henry Threadgill’s Zooid and has had the honor of working with Martin Scorsese, Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot, Anat Cohen, John Zorn, Anna Webber, James Brandon Lewis, Tony Malaby, Rudy Royston and Ryan Adams and many others.

Tom Rainey

Drummer Tom Rainey moved to New York in 1979 and quickly established himself as one of the most creative and accomplished drummers in the jazz and creative music scenes. He has played with Tim Berne (in the bands Big Satan, Hard Cell, Paraphrase and Science Friction), Nels Cline, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner. In 2010 Rainey released his first album as a leader, Pool School, in a trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.