Saturday, February 5
Spectrum 3 | Silverbones | others to be announced
Doors at 7:30 pm; admission $10
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti: voice, wurlitzer, prophet
Liú Mottes: guitars, noise
Jochem van Tol: korg, moog, modular synth
Janneke de Jong: bass
Frank Rosaly: drumset
Silverbones is a shapeshifting, Andean-Futurist multi-sensory sojourn. Drawing inspiration from their divergent geographical roots and artistic backgrounds from Bolivia, Chicago, and Amsterdam, their deep and personal chemistry allows them to weave free jazz, punk, electronica, folk, and physical theatre into a hypnotic sonic dream.
Skeeter Shelton’s Spectrum 3 makes its first appearance since the pandemic, as it prepares to assemble various recordings into its first full-length release with the current touring line-up of James Baljo and Joel Peterson.
Monday, March 21
Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, Gerald Cleaver
Doors at 7:30pm; $12 general admission; $20 reserved seats
Born and raised in Oakland, California, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire was asked to join Steve Coleman’s Five Element for a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard.
Kris Davis is a critically acclaimed pianist and composer who was described by the New York Times as a beacon for “deciding where to hear jazz on a given night.” Since 2003, Davis has released nearly two dozen recordings as a leader or co-leader. In 2019, her album Diatom Ribbons was named jazz album of the year by both the New York Times and the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. In 2016, Davis launched Pyroclastic Records to support artists whose expression expands beyond the commercial sphere. She subsequently formed a nonprofit organization to support the label’s work, which has been steadily growing, releasing five to six albums per year. In addition, Davis is the associate program director of creative development at the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.
Gerald Cleaver is no stranger to our stage and we are excited to once again present one of the world’s greatest drummers in his home town. He has worked extensively with artist like William Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Ivo Perelmen, Matthew Shipp, Lotte Anker, Charles Gayle, and many others. His relationship with pianist Craig Taborn goes back to their school days at University of Michigan and has been a fruitful creative endeavor for over three decades. Cleaver is also the leader of Black Host, one of the most exciting ensembles in creative music today.
Thursday, March 24
Virago Listening for Bells Record Release Show | Michael Malis
Doors at 6 pm; general admission $10
Virago is an improvising chamber ensemble of new players from Ann Arbor, Michigan, performing at Trinosophes for the release of their debut recording, Listening for Bells, an evening-length exploration of minimalism at the intersection of composition and improvisation. The piece was composed by Harriet Steinke, who utilizes the number four as a unifying element: There are four parts to the piece, each made up of four cells containing phrases for the players to perform at their own timing, To bring this score to life, Virago digs into their roots as chamber musicians and improvisers to create a new version of the piece each time it is played. The result is a journey of peaks and valleys, waxing and waning, rising and falling, ebbing and flowing. For this performance, Virago is joined by friends Dominic Bieringa on bass clarinet and Michael Malis on piano. Malis will also open the evening with a solo set.