Three Performances Coming to Cleveland

Source: New Ghosts.

9/13: Karuna Trio: 8pm The Bop Stop $20
9/18: Cortex: 8pm The Bop Stop $15
9/19: Crump/Laubrock/Smythe: 8pm The Bop Stop $20

More on Karuna Trio:
Hamid Drake drumset, udu drums, gourd drum, percussion
Ralph M. Jones soprano and tenor saxophones, hulusli, ney, bamboo flutes, sipsi, c and alto flutes, bass clarinet, spoken word
Adam Rudolph handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija), electronic keyboards and samples, cajon, udu drums, thumb pianos, marimbula, sintir, mouth bow, selya overtone flute, gongs, dusun’goni, percussion

With Karuna, Drake, Jones and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. The name Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

More about Cortex:
Thomas Johansson (trp)
Kristoffer Berre Alberts (sax)
Ola Høyer (bs)
Gard Nilssen (dr)

Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live-performances and four albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as: Bushman’s Revenge, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Team Hegdal, SAKA, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, AKODE, Honest John, and The Heat Death.

More about Crump/Laubrock/Smythe:
Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe—this trio consists of three highly innovative improvisers. Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist Stephan Crump is emerging as a singular voice as a composer, with groups like Rhombal and his Rosetta Trio, and is a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers, including Vijay Iyer. Originally from Germany, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is now a staple of the Brooklyn scene, both as a composer/leader with groups like Anti-House and Sleepthief and a collaborator with such musicians as Anthony Braxton. Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music and is celebrated across genre lines, as a core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and a Grammy-award-winner for his work with violinist Hillary Hahn. The trio released its acclaimed album Planktonic Finales on Intakt in 2017, a series of recordings that demonstrate the trio’s finesse and sensitivity in collective playing. As Christoph Wagner wrote in the liner notes: “Over long periods, the music seemed to play itself…When listening back to the recordings, at times even the musicians were no longer sure if what they were hearing came from sax or from bowed bass.”