LIVE CONCERT with Michael + Peter Formanek Duo + Adam Hopkins’ School Work

LIVE CONCERT with Michael + Peter Formanek Duo
+ Adam Hopkins’ School Work

This Friday, November 15th
at Candela Gallery

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert
​$10 suggested donation

Candela Books + Gallery in conjunction with Out Of Your Head Records presents a night of live music by world-renowned bassist Michael Formanek on Friday November 15, 2019. The concert will be in conjunction with Candela’s current exhibition BRING A DATEa celebration of nightlife and music from the mid-1970s to the present day. 


Michael + Peter Formanek Duo

Michael and Peter have been making music and improvising together for more than 20 years. In 2019 they will bring the duo on tour for the first time, starting this Fall in the eastern and mid-western United States. Michael Formanek plays the double bass and has been part of the New York jazz and improvised music scene for many years. Peter Formanek is a multi instrumentalist playing all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute, and has lived in the Detroit Area since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017. The duo will perform music composed by each member, as well as improvised pieces and the occasional standard tune.

Michael Formanek has been a regular member of bands led by Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Fred Hersch, Tim Berne (Bloodcount), Mary Halvorson (Code Girl), and the list goes on. In recent years he has released two quartet albums on ECM featuring Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver, as well as a critically acclaimed large ensemble album with his Ensemble Kolossus. He co-leads the very active collaborative trio Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

Adam Hopkins’ School Work

School Work is the new project of bassist and recent Richmond transplant Adam Hopkins. The band is devoted to performing the music of the great avant-garde jazz composers of the 50s, 60s, and 70s: Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler, Andrew Hill, Jaki Byard, late Coltrane, and more. School Work is Adam Hopkins – bass, JC Kuhl – tenor saxophone, John Lilley – alto saxophone, and Scott Clark – drums.

Adam Hopkins is a bassist and composer born and raised in Baltimore MD, relocated to Brooklyn NY in 2011, and moved to Richmond in early 2019. He has extensive experience performing jazz and improvised music and has played with professional orchestras in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the DC metro area. His debut album CRICKETS has received international acclaim from a variety of sources, most notably ranking as the #2 Debut Album in the 2018 NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Adam was also named the #2 Newcomer Musician for 2018 in the International Critics Poll organized by El Intruso. Crickets was the first release on Hopkins’ Out Of Your Head Records, a artist-run record label dedicated to creative music and visual art in limited runs.

As a sideman he closed 2017 with performances led by Henry Threadgill as well as a European tour with John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet. He performs regularly with BeepHonk, Laila & Smitty, Anna Webber’s Rectangles, Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, Christopher Hoffman Trio, Kate Gentile Mannequins, Tomeka Reid’s Stringtet, Dustin Carlson’s Air Ceremony, Ideal Bread, Patrick Breiner Double Double & Practical Mysticism. Adam has studied double bass with many great performers and teachers of the instrument, including Michael Formanek, Jeffrey Weisner, Jack Budrow, Rodney Whitaker, and Sam Cross and additional studies with Drew Gress and Gary Thomas.