Hamster Theatre and Oblique Arts Ensemble in Denver

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: Creative Music Works.

Hamster Theatre
When: Thursday, October 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Board member Mark Harris hosts the first show in the series and features the Hamster Theatre. Founded in 1993, the group includes Dave Willey, accordion and guitar; Jon Stubbs, keyboards and trombone; Mike Johnson, guitar; Raoul Rossiter, drums; Mark Harris, woodwinds; and Todd Billsborough, bass.

Hamster Theatre’s music demonstrates a tremendous range of influences from European bands Nimal, Lar’s Hollmer’s groups, Toupidek Limonade, and Look di Bouk, to a broad spectrum of American music. The players have experience with free music, metal, jazz, pop, rock, classical, and many varieties of world music. Hamster Theatre has managed to fuse these into a peculiar and unique sound with glorious timbral range. It is music that is surprising, unpredictable , lighthearted, and fascinatingly musical.

Oblique Arts Ensemble
When: Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Oblique Arts Ensemble was founded by bassist Markus Hunt upon moving to Denver in 2014. The Syntax lineup features Rent Romus,who “swings like hell and fire,” on saxophones and Ryan Seward on drums. The group will present loosely crafted compositions and explore spontaneous inventions deeply rooted in the avant-jazz idiom.Hunt has previously recorded two CDs with Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble, garnering praise from Down Beat for their “bold sound, unmistakeable sincerity and conviction.”