August 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
From 1996 to 2007, composer/saxophonist Rob Reddy was one of the most prolific, acclaimed and consistently active musicians on the adventurous New York scene. With an extended family of more than a dozen of the scene’s finest musicians comprising four distinct groups, a succession of commissioned works and 6 highly regarded albums, Reddy was essentially in residence at the Knitting Factory, the central nerve center of the downtown scene. In October of 2007, through a commission from American Composers Forum, Reddy premiered his 10-piece ensemble Tenfold in a month-long residency at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater – and then pulled the plug on all of it.
“There was something I had to find” the 46 year old composer explains. “Something inside myself that demanded a new focus, a re-assessment, a new epiphany to reconnect me with what this is all about and why”.
For five years Reddy kept writing, practicing and focusing on his next steps. Playing sporadically with his regular associates now and then while curating on occasion, Reddy left Brooklyn and moved to Astoria, got married and began planning his return. It had to be the right time and the right place. He built a team of new business associates in strategic planning and technology, affiliated with a newly forming non-profit corporation as artistic director and began his search for the right venue.