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September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Paula Shocron, Guillermo Gregorio & Pablo Díaz (Argentina)
We have been thrilled to hear what has been afoot in Buenos Aires through the ongoing collaboration of pianist Paula Shocron and drummer Pablo Díaz. Their SLD Trio, with bassist Germán Lamonega, released the splendid Tensegridad on Hatology in 2017, a shimmering selection of originals, group improvisations, and smartly chosen standards, and throughout displaying Shocron’s gifts for melody, rhythmic impulse, and invention. In Guelph they launch Diálogos, a new collaboration with expat clarinetist, Guillermo Gregorio. He is a senior figure in Argentinian avant-garde music, who contributed to Fluxus music-making experiments in Buenos Aires in the early sixties before eventually settling in the US to work in the intersections of improvisation and composed new music.
Photo by Rene Pierre
Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio (USA)
Tomas Fujiwara demonstrates a rare combination of nuanced elegance and sheer propulsion that make him one of the most satisfying drummers at work today. He is also an inspired composer, as the music of his new trio, 7 Poets, makes abundantly evident. With two spectacular bandmates, Patricia Brennan on vibraphone and Tomeka Reid on cello, Fujiwara’s playing and writing draw out a wonderful flexibility of roles from this uncommon, chamber-music-inspired instrumentation, where melodic, rhythmic, and accompaniment roles can move seamlessly throughout the group, even within the same piece. While some pieces feature the rich textural resources at these players’ disposal, Fujiwara is equally adept writing melodies of captivating lyricism. 7 Poets Trio is releasing its debut recording on RogueArt this autumn.
Photo by Amy Touchette