In Concert-Alex Coke Carl Michael Sextet

  • KMFA's Draylen Mason Studio
  • November 30, 2022
    7:30 pm

Performing compelling music with origins in jazz, classical, folk,

extended technique, and improvisation, the Alex Coke Carl Michel

Sextet features musician/composers Alex Coke on woodwinds

and Carl Michel on guitars. Together with Austin Symphony’s

principal harpist Elaine Barber, Liminal Sound Series producer

Bob Hoffnar on pedal steel, first call jazz bassist Dr. James Suter,

and specialty percussionist Carolyn Trowbridge on

vibes, the sextet will perform at KMFA’s Draylen Mason Studio

on Tuesday November 30, 2022 at 7:30pm.

This unique ensemble is an outgrowth of Coke and Barber’s

popular weekly Driveway Concert Series that ran from April 2020

through June 2021 in response to music gigs and gatherings

curtailed as a result of the pandemic. The duo performed

outdoors, socially distanced, in trio with future members of the sextet

and many others as special guests. Playing music as a

gift to their local neighbourhood at first, the project took shape as the

possibilities for meetings indoors returned.

The Monday night concerts made way for rehearsals, new

composition, and the formation of an unusual and very accomplished

performing and recording ensemble. They released their first CD,

The Emissary, in October 2021 to excellent reviews with

a second CD now in the works.

As a founding member of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra with

many projects and recordings to his credit, Emmy Award winning

composer Carl Michel said :

“The 6tet is a welcomed opportunity to work again with my friend

Alex Coke. The ‘driveway concerts’ that were presented by Elaine

Barber and Alex to their neighborhood, provided a way to collaborate

with other musicians over the course of the pandemic shutdown. That

process initiated the formation of the 6tet, a unique collaboration of

instruments with some great musicians. This collaboration has

opened up my palette in composition and arranging for these


For the upcoming performance and live recording, works will include

new arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane,

Ukranian composer Valentyn Silvestrov, and Paul Motian with

composition by Coke, Michel, and Hoffnar in the mix.

One of the first jazz ensembles to perform at KMFA’s Draylen Mason

Studio in 2021, the upcoming concert is for an all ages audience.

Presale Tickets go on sale in September

and will also be available at the door.

For more info and sound samples please visit:

Alex Coke & Carl Michel 6tet

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