Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Saturday, December 10
Two Rooms presents the album release show for Conjure by Balance
with special guest Kaleigh Wilder/Nova Zaii Duo
Doors 7:30 pm | $10

Two Rooms Records is excited to announce our ninth release, Conjure, by Balance. Pre-orders are available now at, with physical copies dropping on Friday, December 9th. To celebrate the record’s release, Balance will perform at Trinosophes this Saturday, joined by special guest Kaleigh Wilder/Nova Zaii Duo.

Conjure is the second album from the duo of composer/musicians Michael Malis and Marcus Elliot, two rising stars of Detroit creative music. As sidemen, both musicians have worked with numerous elders of the music, including Doug Hammond, William Hooker, James Carter, Marcus Belgrave and Jaribu Shahid. As the latest document of their own work, the recording aptly displays both artists’ contemporary point of view, mixing reverence for their forebears with big ears that allow for all kinds of influences to seep into the music. We’re sure the duo is well-primed for an excellent performance, plus kicking off the show is another pairing of creative Detroit musicians with rising profiles: baritone saxophonist Kaleigh Wilder and percussionist/electronic artist Nova Zaii. A perfect convergence of Detroit talent to close out 2022.

Sunday December 11
with special guest Kathy Leisen
Doors 7:30 pm | $10

This is the debut performance by Rowe/Schug, an instrumental group that mixes the atmosphere of classic ECM recordings with a variety of hard-bop and modal jazz themes. Co-organized by drummer J Rowe and bassist Jordan Schug, the group performs material written by both leaders.

A veteran of many interesting Detroit projects like Lyrans, Westerberg-Rowe, and His Name is Alive, J Rowe is often found working at an intersection between rock and art music. Cellist and double-bassist Jordan Schug similarly straddles the worlds of concert music and improvised music, working with artists like Laith Al-Saadi, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Bishop and James Carter. Rounding out the ensemble are Ian Haubert (electric piano), Ben Green (trumpet) and Alex Colista (saxophone). Starting the night off is the always excellent songwriting and musicality of Kathy Leisen, in a solo set.