The Bridge #2.02 Touring Chicago and the Midwest


MAI SUGIMOTO – alto saxophone
RAYMOND BONI – guitar, harmonica
ANTON HATWICH – double bass
PAUL ROGERS – double bass


10/31 – Improvised Music Series @ Elastic Arts, 9PM
improvised sets with members of Asian Improv aRts Midwest – Tatsu Aoki (double bass, shamisen), Kioto A (taiko drum), Jeff Chan (saxophones), Jamie Kempkers (cello) + Lou Mallozzi (turntables, electronics)

11/01 – The Stony Island Arts Bank, 6PM
quartet concert

11/02 – The Edgar Miller Foundation, 3PM
Paul Rogers duo with Isaiah Collier

11/02 – Corbett vs. Dempsey, 3PM
Raymond Boni solo

11/02 – Constellation, 8.30PM
double bill with band TBA

11/03 – ProMusica Studio, 6PM
live public recording

11/03 – The Hungry Brain, 9PM
Raymond Boni & Paul Rogers play two trio sets with drummers Michael Zerang and Tim Daisy

11/04 – Blue Stem Jazz @ Café Coda, Madison, WI, 9PM
quartet concert

11/05 – The Whistler
Raymond Boni & Paul Rogers play 2 improvised sets with play 2 improvised sets with Marvin Tate (spoken word), Ugochi Nwaogwugwu (voice), Keefe Jackson (saxophone, clarinets),Gerrit Hatcher (tenor saxophone), Peter Maunu (electric guitar, violin) Julian Kirshner (drums) & Isaiah Spencer (drums).

11/06 – The Promontory, 8.30PM

11/07 – Sudden Sound Series @ Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL
quartet concert

11/08 – Doug Fogelson Studio, 9PM
quartet concert

11/09 – Experimental Sound Studio, 2PM
live public recording

11/09 – Logan Center for the Arts, 7PM
concert followed by a public discussion and Q&A

11/10 – Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI

11/11 – Anagram Series @ Elastic Arts, 9PM
Dustin Laurenzi (tenor saxophone), Paul Rogers & Greg Artry (drums) trio + Nick Mazzarella (saxophones) & Raymond Boni duo.

11/12 – The Hideout, 9PM
double bill with group TBA

11/14 – Jazz at Holmes Series @ 560 Music Center, Saint-Louis, MO
quartet concert with Paul Steinbeck (double bass)

The Bridge, squared. This project, is the second group to be borne of the 2nd generation of The Bridge’s French-American collaborative ensembles. Following an intuition initially proposed by French guitarist Raymond Boni, these four musicians will explore the possibilities of an ensemble with a majority of string instruments and no drums, collaboratively piloted by four individuals with radically different artistic personalities. The idea is to create music which will wrestle with the ideas of unfurling and entanglement, of sound as a set of lines and twists. Remote points in space and time can always be connected, even when it’s not necessarily expected : “since improvisation is a fundamental link for beings to coexist, what interests me the most in this French-American encounter is everyone’s singular journey, and the unprecedented quality of this event.”