Triptet (Tom Baker, Greg Campbell, Michael Monhart) writes: The essence of the music resides beyond the musical characteristics associated with any particular era of jazz history. Few music traditions have changed so quickly and so much as jazz. Underlying this rapid rate of development is a search for freedom within tradition, for improvisation within structure, for individuality within community. Rhythmic, harmonic and timbral elements of the music have always been stretched within the context of the quest for a fuller, more unique “voice.”
In our music we seek to integrate interactive electronics into the continuity of the jazz tradition. Our use of electronics and computer music programming came to us slowly and organically, growing naturally out of playing together on our respective instruments – guitar, percussion and saxophone.
Bloom is a brand new ensemble, making their debut this summer. This acoustic ensemble was formed to bring the compositions of trumpeterBrennan Carter to fruition. Joining him are Levi Gillis (tenor saxophone),Mark Hunter (acoustic bass), and Jarred Katz (drumset). The seed for this collaboration was planted years ago at the University of Washington School of Music, where these four musicians all studied jazz. Carter writes: From the onset there was a deep musical connection between these musicians, considering that they have all been involved with one another in a broad range of ensembles for the past number of years. However, the group in this iteration first performed in 2014 at Cafe Racer as a part of the weekly Racer Sessions. After this performance, it became clear that this group’s sound and identity needed to be fully explored.
Bloom’s aesthetic is characterized by rich and earthy timbres, playing off of and highlighting each individual’s musical personality. Bloom will take you through a program that is equally as dark and mysterious as it is lush and charming. As a listener, you can expect to hear a meeting of contrasting sounds including free improvisations that challenge standard concepts of rhythm and harmony, grooves that elicit strong imagery, and melodies that are dynamic and wistful.
Tickets available HERE.