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June 27, 2017 -- The progressive jazz sounds of saxophonist and composer Sean Sonderegger will be featured as part of the Soundwaves series at the Santa Monica Public Library next month.

Sonderegger and his band Magically Inclined will perform a set of original jazz, "incorporating world music rhythms and abstract improvisation" on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, event organizers said.
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They will be joined by an ensemble of Los Angeles musicians, most of whom have previously appeared on the Soundwaves series -- vocalist Areni Agbabian, guitarist Alexander Noice, drummer Peter Valsamis and series curator Jeff Schwartz on bass.

A native Santa Monican, Sonderegger is known for an approach that combines the control imposed by a tune that stresses intricate counterplay and the freedom unleashed during improvised intervals.

Sonderegger’s playing style "is both logical and loose, grounded yet floating," jazz critic Tom Greenland wrote in the New York City Jazz Record.

Glenn Astarita, in All About Jazz, called Sonderegger "a deep thinker and a laudable technician."

"It's quite evident that (he) possesses the wherewithal to go just about anywhere he pleases within a far-reaching progressive jazz radius,” Astarita wrote.

Sonderegger, who is pursuing a doctorate at Wesleyan University, performs regularly in New York with artists including Karl Berger, Adam Rudolph, Tyshawn Sorey, and Roy Nathanson and Curtis Fowlkes of the Jazz Passengers.

The monthly Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.

Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.

For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


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