“Trio Xolo is a telepathic improvising unit, based in Baltimore & Brooklyn. Their music is dynamic and expressive, with influences ranging from jazz, classical, punk, Lithuanian & American folks music, and beyond. Stay tuned for their forthcoming full-length album release.”
Derrick Michaels-tenor saxophone (Baltimore)
Derrick Michaels is an inexorable force in the creative music community, whose sonorous tenor saxophone tone and dedication to narrative improvisation have landed him on stage with some of the nation’s foremost improvising musicians, including Billy Hart, Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, Susan Alcorn, and Ellery Eskelin. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Michaels evokes the rich history of the tenor saxophone. His music is rooted deeply in the present moment, while reaching into the future. The essence of jazz is imbued with a unique exploration of timbre, phrasing, and technique, which is most often found in classical traditions. Brandishing both an unabashed romanticism and a reckless abandon, Michaels aims to communicate the most vital energy of the human experience through his horn. With an affinity for assembling highly synergistic ensembles, Michaels aims to bring listeners into the process of the music as it unfolds into the present moment.
Zachary Swanson-bass (NYC)
“Zachary Swanson is a versatile bassist performing music in an array of styles, with focus on improvised, experimental, original and folk music. Using gut strings and a personalized technique, Zachary has developed a conception of the double bass that heightens the integrity of various musical environments; from playing adventurous improvised music to backing singer-songwriters. Swanson has appeared on albums released by 577 Records (Federico Ughi Quartet’s Heart Talk and The Listening Group’s debut album released September 2018), pfMentum (Sanctuary by Trumpets and Basses), and nusica.org (Dogwood’s Hecate’s Hounds). As an independent artist, he has been a part of many self-released albums over the years including Chamber Music, a 2016 duo release with guitarist Stelios Mihas, Antenna (2015), the Movement Trio’s Back of the Room (2012) among others.”
“Dalius Naujokaitis began his musical career in the late eighties and was an avant-garde feature of the Vilnius jazz scene performing with Juozas Milašius, Vladimir Chekasin, Petras Vyšniauskas, Skirmantas Sasnauskas and others. He moved to New York in 1995 and made an impressive entry to the NYC scene ... He has played and recorded with a variety of New York bands such as Kenny Wolleson’s Himalayas and Wollesonics, Art Baron, Butch Morris, Joey Barron, Briggan Krauss, Jeff Ballard, Brazilian Girls, Tim Keiper, Jonathon Haffner, Otomo Yoshihide, Rocco John Group, and On Davis’ Cartoon Satellite. Dalius leads and drums for New York based avant-garde music group Untyte, which performs ancient Lithuanian folk tunes with a downtown NY edge.”
$15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID