10/21 | “Emergence” CD Release Show w/ Invisible Guy Trio (SF)

Sat, 10/21 | No Cover 630-930p @ The Mason Lounge

416 S Park St, Madison, WI

INVISIBLE GUY TRIO (SF)

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE (Mad)

↑ CD Release via setola di maiale (Italy)

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage have a new CD “Emergence” coming out this October on Italian label, setola di maile!

http://www.setoladimaiale.net/catalogue/view/SM3300

“Their sets embrace plenty of sinuous melody and conversational interplay,
but can just as easily dive into minimalism and dissonance.” ~ Tone Madison

Experimental Jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage has been performing in Madison for the past 5 years, exciting listeners with a range of sonic capabilities.  Their improvised music is directly linked to the atmosphere in the room and energy of the audience.  The listener is such a crucial element in shaping the band’s sound that they recorded this album in front of a live studio audience – expertly captured by master engineer Steve Gotcher at Audio for the Arts.  Listeners will experience a jazz trio that embraces both free and structured improvisation, original compositions, groove based experiments, and sound exploration. The breadth of a performance ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization and compelling ensemble interplay.

The group is led by Brennan Connors on tenor and soprano saxophones.  Geoff Brady orchestrates drum and percussion textures, while Brian Grimm rounds out the trio bowing cello, contra-cello, and electric bass.

We are ecstatic and grateful to setola di maiale records in Italy for officially releasing our first album!


We’ll be joined by a fantastic drummer & friend of mine, Hamir Atwal (San Francisco), with his trio Invisible Guy.  The group features Michael Coleman on keyboard & Ben Goldberg on clarinet.  We are very glad to share our CD release show bill with another trio that explores the dynamics of free-improv in full range!

“Mr. Goldberg is a clarinetist of range and curiosity.” – The New York Times

Ben Goldberg’s Bay Area-based trio looks forward and backward at the same time, creating both nostalgic reveries and modern statements. Goldberg is known for drawing on his Jewish roots and radical versions of Klezmer music and his clarinet work is always focused with an endearing lyrical quality. Pianist Michael Coleman leaps between stride riffs and electronic splatter. Drummer Hamir Atwall provides everything from a swinging undercurrent to a clattery rush.

As a trio, Ben, Michael, and Hamir are in strict pursuit of beautiful melody. Michael Coleman says: “Melody is the knife that cuts through to truth. Then there is the importance of breath, and personal expression.” Reviewing a 2014 concert, Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune said the group is “an unusually focused ensemble inventing a musical syntax for itself.”

From 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio released Masks and Faces and “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle) to 2013’s simultaneous release of Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (featuring Joshua Redman) and Unfold Ordinary Mind (featuring Nels Cline), which the New York Times noted for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg has shaped a career through relentless pursuit of musical truth across many genres and styles, resulting in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll naming him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013. In 2015 Ben released a recording of his songcycle Orphic Machine , sung by Carla Kihlstedt and performed by an allstar nine piece band including Nels Cline, Greg Cohen, and Ches Smith. The LA Times called Orphic Machine “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.” All Music Guide says “Orphic Machine is wildly ambitious and sophisticated, but also graceful, emotionally honest, and accessible. It makes the profound embraceable and, as a result, is a masterpiece.” Ben currently composes for and leads the following groups:
Unfold Ordinary Mind ; Go Home ; Ben Goldberg School ; and Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen.

Drummer/Percussionist Hamir Atwal is a Berklee College of Music graduate who
has taught at Music Academy International, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Hamir is an active endorser of DREAM Cymbals. Hamir has played with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, and Grant Stewart; Bassist/Producer Bill Laswell; and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

Michael Coleman is a pianist, improviser and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. He has had the pleasure of playing with many great musicians and recording with some of his favorite bands and people. Apart from leading his own groups (Beep!, CavityFang, Young Nudist), Michael has toured the world with Chris Cohen, tUnEyArDs,
Sean Hayes, Miles Kurosky and Jug Free America.


 

8/4 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage @ Cafe Coda

Madison Jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage will perform tonight at Cafe Coda from 8-11pm.  The cover is $10.  We’re very excited to play a club which is specifically meant for listening to Jazz!  If you are free, come hang with us.

Cafe Coda
113 W Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

 ** Keep an ear out for our upcoming CD, “Emergence”, coming out this fall on Italian labelsetola di maile |http://www.setoladimaiale.net/catalogue/view/SM3300

5/19 | Strollin’ East Johnson Street

Fri, 5/19 |  Free 5:30-11pm

STROLLIN EAST JOHNSON STREET

Presented by Prime Urban Properties

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

Free Event Parking provided by our kind neighbors at Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E Gorham St,)

Event Schedule and Acts:
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Macha Tea Co. (823 E Johnson St) 6-9:30pm
6-7:30pm – Lesser Lakes Trio
8-9:30pm – A Night of Poetry and Jazz hosted by Rob Dz and The Joe White Trio featuring Oscar Mireles and Poet Fabu
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Lumen (845 E Johnson St) 7-10pm
7-8pm – Carolynn Schwartz Black with Cliff Frederiksen and John Widdicombe
8:30-10pm The Five Points Jazz Collective
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Good Style Shop (817 E Johnson St) 7:30-11:00pm
7:30pm-9pm – Brennan Connors and Stray Passage
9:30pm-11pm – Left Field Quartet
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Showcase for the NextGen Jazz Musicians at RVM Classics
(852 E Johnson St) 5:30pm-7pm
5:30-6:15pm – Cafe CODA’s Student Jazz Jam Ensemble “Be Natural”
6:30-7:00pm – West High School’s Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers


Event details via Nick Moran of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium:

Eight bands. Six hours of continuous live music. Four different venues on Madison’s ultra hip East Johnson Street. And no cover charges. These are the makings “Strollin’ East Johnson Street” presented this year by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Prime Urban Properties. Now in its fourth year, this popular “jazz stroll” series features a staggered performance schedule that makes it easy for attendees to stroll from venue to venue and sample many different musical styles.

“Strollin’ East Johnson Street” is the tenth “jazz stroll” produced by the Jazz Consortium in a series that began three years ago at Schenk’s Corners on Madison’s East Side, and it’s been warmly embraced by each of its host communities. Once again, the Consortium’s Nick Moran has booked an intriguing mix of bands showcasing the wide range of instrumental and vocal jazz styles regularly available to Dane County audiences.

Strollin’ East Johnson is made possible by sponsorships from Prime Urban Properties as well as contributions from each host venue, free will contributions from Strollin’ attendees, grants from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation and Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-FM, and Wisconsin Public Radio.