Music Program

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Ches Smith / Mat Maneri / Craig Taborn Trio

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Ches Smith (drums, percussion)
Mat Maneri (viola)
Craig Taborn (piano)

"The best thing I caught all weekend was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively draggy, narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture. The band had sheet music, but it seemed to offer a loose road map rather than a strict score." ‐Chicago Reader

The throngs for Ches Smith's trio…stayed on their feet. (Not that relaxation was encouraged by the music, with Mat Maneri's piercing, microtonal viola over Craig Taborn's dissonant piano vamps and Smith's dynamic drum work.) — Downbeat

This is a brand new trio composed of three notable musicians from New York: Ches Smith on drums and percussion, Craig Taborn on piano and Mat Maneri on viola. An early, all‐improvised gig proved the trio to possess a strong and distinct musical chemistry. Smith realized this had to be his new band in spite the daunting task of finding time to rehearse and play in his dense schedule, and those of Taborn and Maneri.

Smith composed a book of music that draws on the chemistry of the group, including through-composed material as well as pieces designed to be interpreted in open-ended ways where the material is funneled through the particular—and often peculiar—improvisational process of this ensemble ... continue reading >>

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