TIN/BAG + Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken Duo

January 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sunday, January 16th at 8:30pm: Two duos, one trumpet. First up is Tin/Bag, featuring Kris Tiner on trumpet and Mike Baggetta on guitar. Since 2004, the bi-coastal duo has been dealing with a music that is spare, ethereal, and highly exploratory. Both are among a generation of young creative musicians contributing original new music and pushing a re-examination of the roles and possibilities of their instruments. Their performance is presented, in part, by a grant from The American Composer’s Forum. TONY says: “Excellent… trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta explore abstract yet jazz-derived realms of expansive lyricism and liquid melody.” The Wire (UK):”Radiant… there’s an open, intensely emotional quality to the duo’s playing… spare, haunting, with hints of modernist avant garde gestures.”

Next comes Kirk Knuffke / Jesse Stacken Duo. Pianist Jesse Stacken and trumpeteer Kirk Knuffke have been playing together in the duo format for over three years. They began working through the compositions of Thelonious Monk, looking for ways to approach the tunes that showcase the duo format. They soon expanded the material to include Ellington tunes as well as a few by Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg Carle Bley, Lennie Tristano, and Charles Mingus. The duo recently released an album on Steeplechase records, entitled Mockingbird.

Cover’s just $10 for the duo of duos.

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