Urban-15 Hosts 'Sonic Provocation' with Local Jazz Giants Rene Saenz and Richard Oppenheim


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As the third installment of Urban-15's Sonic Provocation series, San Antonio jazz saxophonists Rene Saenz and Richard Oppenheim will be performing their self-styled set, entitled "Saxophone Dreams," Saturday, March 5 at 9pm.

The adroit duo of multi-instrumentalists versatile in all genres of reed music, are known throughout the nation as musicians capable of playing pretty much whatever they want and playing it pretty damn well. They have even logged hours performing with such luminaries as Marvin Gaye, Tito Puente, and Count Basie.

Urban-15's Sonic Provocation series, which last featured Austin live soundtracking ensemble the Invincible Czars, is a series that provides a setting for sound artists to showcase original material, taking it out of the laboratory and into the ears of the public.

In a press release from the arts foundation, the concert series' mission is stated as such: "Sonic Provocations offers artists the creative freedom to present their work beyond the constraints of audience expectation—and in turn offers audiences the opportunity to experience something acoustically different and unique." 

The series will run until June 2016, with the Jazz Poets of San Antonio performing on April 2nd and Oppenheim and Saenz performing a final time in May.

Tickets are $10 presale and can be acquired here and $15 at the door. Seating is limited to 80, so don't wait to snatch them up for the BYOB event. Urban-15 is located at 2500 S. Presa St.

Witness Saenz and Oppenheim blowing through a tight rendition of "A Night in Tunisia" with Doc Watkins below. 

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