Earshot: Triptet + Bloom

Earshot’s juried series, Jazz: The Second Century, presents Seattle artists, selected by a peer panel, performing original work, in a concert setting. From the core of this series – a question about the expansion of conventions of jazz – one might expect a tendency to grandiose re-invention. Instead, the series is a current, subtle, perhaps refreshing, un-sentimental look at our local engagement with this diffuse, vibrant art form.

Triptet features Tom Baker on guitar, Greg Campbell on drums, and Michael Monhart on saxophone. “In our music we seek to integrate interactive electronics into the continuity of the jazz tradition,” the trio says. “Our use of electronics and computer music programming came to us slowly and organically, growing naturally out of playing together on our respective instruments – guitar, percussion and saxophone.” Integrating interactive electronics into the continuity of the jazz tradition.

Bloom is a new, acoustic quartet led by trumpeter/composer Brennan Carter, with Levi Gillis on tenor sax, Mark Hunter on bass, and Jarred Katz on drums. Their aesthetic is characterized by rich and earthy timbres, playing off of and highlighting each individual’s musical personality. A program that is equally as dark and mysterious as it is lush and charming.