Music Program

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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

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Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans / Weasel Walter Trio

Mary Halvorson (electric guitar)
Peter Evans (trumpet)
Weasel Walter (drums)

Following their critically acclaimed debut trio album, "Electric Fruit", Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evans have masterfully crafted their second release "Mechanical Malfunction". Says drummer Weasel Walter: "When we started this trio, we just dove right in and played pure free improvised music. It worked well, and that's what we did for years. It always worked. With this record we decided to do something we hadn't done before, so we created themes and structures to improvise on and around.” By offering notated structures in addition to their usual light-speed-reaction group improvisation approach, the trio has enhanced their sonic interplay, revealing new ensemble facets.

The compositional elements on “Mechanical Malfunction” range from unexpectedly succinct codas like Halvorson’s syncopated punchline on “Organ Grinder”, Evans’ jarringly complex rhythmic schemes on “Klockwork” and “Malfunction”, to Walter’s bruitishly angular “Vektor” as well as several themes which dare to glance the ballad idiom (albeit in a macabre manner). Trumpeter Peter Evans adds: "These new notated structures push us out of our band’s comfort zone. Each of us have very distinct, but overlapping compositional voices, so it was a great to create an album which is a mosaic of our identities as writers as well as instrumentalists.” The album climaxes with an epic, twelve minute long piece by Weasel Walter entitled “Interface” - a fiendishly involved roadmap of furiously inhuman drumming alternating with perversely humorous tangents of instrumental virtuosity. The album begins and ends with free improvisations to remind us of how this group all began.

Trumpet, guitar and drums: simple tools, but capable of startling abstraction and aural diversity in the hands of these three creative musicians. The music has ridiculous chops in spades, but the focus is on surprise, emotion and variation. Guitarist Mary Halvorson reflects: “Adding composition to the band created a new layer of complexity, challenging our familiar ways of communicating and pushing the music to new places. The nice thing is that we're not starting from scratch here, but from a pre-established band sound. It felt like the natural next step”. The trio’s blistering performances will, in equal parts, enrage, excite and bewilder. Anchored with compositions that sparkle and twist, the tunes morph into magical journeys.

Welcome to Jazz 2.0-- a brave new world.

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