Feb. 21: The Necks
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.
Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.
Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.
The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is a unique harmony of al these elements.
Doors at 8 pm. General admission $10 Reserved front row $15.
Friday, Feb 24: Mostly Other People Do the Killing
MOPDTK, lead by bassist Moppa Elliott, has produced some major new voices in improvised music, especially trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who have gone on to major careers, as has drummer, Kevin Shea.
Now retooled as a trio, Elliott and Shea are joined by outstanding pianist Ron Stabinsky, a player we’ve intended to bring to Trinosophes for a number of years. Not only is he a great jazz and improvised music player (think Craig Taborn), but he runs a creative music series in the unlikely location of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
MOPDtK performs compositions by Elliott, all of which are named after towns in his native Pennsylvania. Performances often employ elements of rock, pop, and classical music. Their albums Shamokin!!! and This Is Our Moosic were both included in critics’ Top 10 albums of the year.. In 2009, Mostly Other People Do the Killing was voted the winner of the 57th Annual Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the Rising Star Ensemble category. Evans, Irabagon, and Elliott were also included in the poll in the respective categories of Rising Star Trumpet, Rising Star Alto Saxophone, and Rising Star Composer. Kevin Shea was named New York City’s “Best Drummer” in 2012 by the Village Voice.
3/12: book release for Free Jazz Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman by Stephen Rush
3/22: Elgar Trio