The Vortex Ensemble + John Funkouser Trio

February 13, 2010


Trio Concert of Jazz + improvised music
Friday, February 26th, 8:00pm
Church of the Advent Library, 30 Brimmer Street, Beacon Hill, Boston 02108
John Funkouser Trio and The Vortex Ensemble
$10. suggested donation

Todd Brunell’s Vortex Ensemble [ ] will be in trio configuration this evening, with Todd Brunell, clarinets, Matt Samolis, flute, and Rob Bethell, cello. This group uses highly structured improvisational strategies to create cohesive, spontaneously composed pieces of music- drawing from the players’ versatile and comprehensive knowledge of classical & jazz music.

The John Funkhouser Trio  [ ] is an energetic, accessible blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th century classical, Indian classical, and European and American folk music which create a funky, groove oriented, fresh and original sound. Although the band consists of the standard jazz trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the sound of the band is anything but standard. Fired by Berklee Professor John Funkhouser’s “explosive piano playing” (Boston Globe) and set in bold relief by his “exquisite, tight originals” (The Octopus, Champaign, IL) the band stretches the limits of traditional jazz forms.  Smoothly integrating composed music with improvisation, “FunkHouse takes the listener on a ride through the gamut of emotional territories,” (North Denver Tribune, Denver, CO), from wild, funky romps to sumptuous, Keith Jarrett inspired ballads to burning modern jazz, often in unusual meters…



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