Monday, May 27: Jim Baker and Urs Leimgruber
A few years ago we tried to bring outstanding Chicago pianist and synthesizer-ist Jim Baker to Trinosophes, but severe weather caused the show to be canceled. So we’re extra excited that he’s finally making his Trinosophes debut in a duo with Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, thereby making it possible to catch two great performers at once that rarely make it to the region. Baker has been a major force on the Chicago scene and has performed with nearly every artist we have ever brought from that city. He was house pianist at pioneering saxophonist Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge for several years; he’s had a four decade partnership with percussionist Michael Zerang; he played in groups like Caffeine and Steam with saxophonist Ken Vandermark; and various ensembles with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Ajaramu, Hamid Drake, Jim O’Rourke, Frank Rosaly and many others. Although his prodigious piano skills make him a player of major significance, Baker is a leading contender for World’s Greatest Synth Improviser, which he typically does on an archaic ARP synthesizer or modular sources. His discrete control over the instrument is simply wondrous to behold.
Leimgruber has been a fixture of European new music and jazz since joining the experimental jazz group Om in the 70’s. He developed a long relationship with percussionist Fritz Hauser which lead to work with Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Joëlle Léandre and Marilyn Crispell. Leimgruber has also been featured on recordings by Pauline Oliveros, Tim Berne, Joe McPhee, and Trilok Gurtu, as well as a number of his own solo saxophone recordings.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 sliding scale
Wednesday, May 29: Spires That in the Sunset Rise
We’ve been lucky to present Spires That in the Sunset Rise a few different points in their history. Although originally pegged as psych-folk, the group has taken so many musical turns that, taken as a whole, it’s more genre-less than anything else. The current duo version of original members Kathleen Baird and Taralie Peterson is a piano and sax duet drawing mostly from free improvisation, but still with the hallmark of some non-western folk-music motives underpinning the rhythmic figures and shifting, mutual accompaniment of both players. Now in it’s 15th year of making records, Spires has released nearly a dozen albums, including two with percussion great Michael Zerang.
Doors at 8 pm; $10.
6/19: Indigenous Minds (Hamid Drake, Josh Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz)
6/24: Ben Miller Orchestra