Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Wednesday, April 20
Ballister (Dave Rempis/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Paal Nilssen-Love)
This freewheeling trio first came together at a closed session in 2009, and as any fan of improvised music can imagine, the band hit hard from the first note and hasn’t looked back since. The unabashed energy of Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Fred Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. The sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 1970s and ‘80s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early ’70s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.

Saturday, April 23
This trio of world-class improvisers makes its first appearance at Trinosophes. Bass clarinetist Jason Stein, drummer Adam Shead and drummer Damon Smith each have performed in a wide variety of creative music projects. Collectively the members have worked with Cecil Taylor, Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Frith, Chad Taylor, Josh Abrams, Henry Kaiser, Steve Swell and many others. Their latest release is Volumes and Surfaces (2022).

Tuesday, April 26
The Visitors
No, we didn’t misspell the name of Kenny’s Green’s ensemble, The Vizitors, which has frequently played our series since before Trinosophes. The Visitors is a music collective formed by the touring cast and orchestra of the The Band’s Visit, a Tony-Award winning Broadway musical that will be performing sixteen shows at the Fisher Theater in Detroit from April 19 through May 1. This group performs as a variety show of a wide range of Arabic music, including traditional, popular and contemporary styles, as well as musics from South America, and more.

Friday, April 29
The Bridge
This edition of the transatlantic collaborative ensemble The Bridge returns to Trinosophes in the form of a trio comprised of French musicians Rafaelle Rinaudo (harp) and Gilles Coronado (guitar) with Chicago creative music stalwart Tim Daisy on drums. As a collective, The Bridge is dedicated to finding the commonalities and regional dialects of improvised music.