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Ed Ricart (b. 1984 in Ancon, Panama) is a Washington DC based electric guitarist, percussionist, and composer. He began his studies of music in Prague, with guitarist Tony Ackerman, a pupil of the legendary Bill Dixon. Since moving to the mid-Atlantic USA in 2006, Ed has worked with Peter Brotzmann, Marshall Allen, Marty Ehrlich, Jack Wright, Vattel Cherry, G. Calvin Weston, Jason Ajemian, Elliott Levin, Bern Nix, Hans Koch, Angelica Sanchez, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jay Rosen, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr., Khan Jamal, Dominic Duval, and Ralph Alessi.

Current regular projects include the drums and guitar ‘free-rock’ duo MATTA GAWA, free jazz/hardcore/noise ensemble SONIC SUICIDE SQUAD (featuring members of Acid Mothers Temple and Arthur Doyle's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble), and collaborations with musicians from renowned avant-rock groups Fugazi, Thievery Corporation, Bardo Pond, Stinking Lizaveta, the Rollins Band, Acid Mothers Temple, and more. An active supporter of the creative music underground, he founded the NEW ATLANTIS COLLECTIVE in DC, curates a weekly series of experimental music concerts, and has presented Han Bennink, Elliott Sharp, Paal Nilssen-Love, Rodrigo Amado, Frode Gjerstad, Andrea Parkins, the Ahleuchatistas, Eugene Chadbourne, Uri Caine, Sabir Mateen, and many more. NEW ATLANTIS also acts as a not-fot-profit 'Mid-Atlantic Coalition' of fellow presenters based in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, and New York City, and arranges tours for creative artists interested in playing in the region. His discography includes a self-released 7" with the Sonic Suicide Squad, a full-length CD from Matta Gawa due for release in July on Engine Studios (distributed by ESP-DISK, home of Fred Anderson, Tom Abbs, William Hooker), a Matta Gawa 12" LP on Thor's Rubber Hammer, and dozens of limited CDR-only releases primarily distributed for free at gigs - of which he performed more than 120 in 2009. Forthcoming projects include a May tour with the G. Calvin Weston Group's 'Tribute to Ornette Coleman & Free Jazz,' a July tour with William Hooker, and a session with Nasheet Waits and Dominic Duval for release on Duval's label, Ruby Flower Records.

Clarence "Herb" Robertson (b. 1951) is internationally renowned as an innovative instrumentalist, composer and arranger in both traditional and avant-garde jazz idioms and new music. In 1981, Robertson became one of the original members of Tim Berne's ensemble, and shortly after began a long-running tenure with Mark Helias' band. Robertson found enormous critical acclaim on tour throughout the United States and Europe. From 1985 to 1992, Robertson recorded as a leader for JMT Productions in Munich, producing five albums under his own name. For various other labels, he has recorded with many of the leading lights of the international music community, including Evan Parker, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, and more. Herb Robertson formed his own quintet and opened the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in 1986 to high critical acclaim. This was the first time an avant-garde unit opened a major jazz festival in the United States. Soon after, the quintet toured Europe. Herb records as a leader for Leo, Splasc(h), Cadence, Clean-Feed, and the CIMP record labels.

Robertson has also been invited as a soloist and guest artist to many important European Jazz and New Music festivals. He was invited to the important "October Meeting" in Amsterdam in 1987 and 1992, along with Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Lacy, Paul Bley, Horace Tapscott et al, and is a frequent performer at the Berlin, Saalfelden, Willisau and Nicholsdorf music festivals. He toured with the Charlie Haden Music Liberation Orchestra at major jazz festivals in Italy, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Austria. Since the 1990's Robertson has recorded and performed internationally with Tim Berne, the Mark Helias Band, the Fonda/Stevens Group, the Simon Nabatov Quintet, Barry Guy's New Orchestra, Anthony Davis, Elliott Sharp, David Sanborn, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the London Jazz Composer's Orchestra, the Klaus Konig Orchestra, Rashied Ali, Ray Anderson, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Ornette Coleman, and Dewey Redman, among many others. Currently Robertson's own ensembles include The Double Infinitives, the Herb Robertson Brass Ensemble, and his improvising trios with Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen, Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes. Among Robertson's performances and recordings for theatrical and dance productions are the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation with composer David Behrman, and the Public Theater production of "Track and Field" with composer John Zorn.

Jason Ajemian (b. 1976) has become one of the most in-demand bassists on the Downtown scene since his relocation from Chicago in 2006. His discography includes recordings as a leader for 482-Music (as Daydream Full Lifestyles with Rob Mazurek, Tony Malaby, Chad Taylor) and Delmark (with Nori Tanaka, Jason Adasiewicz, Tim Haldeman, Jamie Branch). Jason has also recorded and performed as a member of the Chicago Underground Trio (Delmark), the Expoding Star Orchestra with Bill Dixon (Thrill Jockey), Charles Rumback Quartet (CleanFeed), Hush Arbors (Ecstatic Peace), Triage (with Dave Rempis, Tim Daisy), Dragons 1976 (with Aram Shelton, Tim Daisy), and in duo with Matt Bauder (Locust). Current projects of note include Marc Ribot's Sun Ship Quartet, Matt Bauder's Day in Pictures, Daydream Full Lifestyles, various Chicago Underground configurations, and Jason Ajemian's High Life.

Andrew Barker (b. 1971) has been performing and recorded in a variety of contexts since age 12. Through the late 80s and early 90s, Andrew Barker worked with local rock and experimental groups. In 1993, Along with alto saxophonist Charles Waters, Barker co-founded the new music ensemble, Gold Sparkle Band. Unique to the musical climate in Atlanta at that time, and considered too "out" for mainstream jazz venues, the group created their own niche, performing in rock clubs, restaurants, art galleries, and house parties. Through extensive touring in the US, and a unique approach to composition with an emphasis on improvisation, the group maintained a cult status usually afforded only to rock bands. In 1996, Barker met Atlanta native Sirone (Norris Jones) of the Revolutionary Ensemble. The great bassist became a mentor, emphasizing the importance of the group concept. That same year Andrew Barker released an LP in duo with Waters on his own indie-label Earmark23 records. In 1998, encouraged by saxophonist Daniel Carter, Andrew relocated to New York City with Charles Waters.

For several months, Andrew held the drum chair with trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr's quintet, "TAZ," in a weekly engagement at the legendary Harlem Jazz club, the Lenox Lounge. Soon after, Andrew Barker joined bassist William Parker's "Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra," and Chris Jonas' "The Sun Spits Cherries" quartet. Becoming a regular in New York's creative music scene, Barker has performed and recorded with artists such as Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, Sabir Mateen, Rob Brown, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Thurston Moore, and Sonny Simmons.

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