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Connection Works Presents: Trio vs Trio: Thumbscrew & WORKS

Saturday October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


Connection Works presents Wide Open Works (WOW): Trio vs Trio

Mary Halvorson – guitar
Michael Formanek – double bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drumsWORKS
Michel Gentile – flute
Daniel Kelly – piano
Rob Garcia – drumsAbout the artists:Thumbscrew: “Thumbscrew is a very exciting group that highlights intricate and emotionally-driven compositions focused on intense interactions between instruments. One of the most exciting bands currently playing” — Cisco Bradley, jazzrightnow.comThe trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The blend is tight: one string (or metal) sound may bleed into another. It’s something to hear—something twisty and turny and always on the move.

WORKS: “Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly and Rob Garcia, bring their gift for improvisation and a vocabulary that enlarges the conversation with depth, humor and discovery that reminds us of why we are drawn to this music in the first place” (Paul Pines, Lake George Festival). WORKS is the driving force behind the vibrant non- profit organization Connection Works. This group has exploited its unique instrumentation of flute, piano and drums to forge a distinct and powerful musical voice, putting the “focus on the dynamic writing and deep simpatico of the trio itself” (The Village Voice). WORKS performs primarily as a trio, but has also placed itself at the center of several adventurous projects, from performing with classically influenced projects such as chamber orchestra and string quartet; to commissioning big band pieces featuring the trio; to playing with a long line of esteemed guests, such as jazz heavyweights Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Joseph Jarman, Scott Colley, Donny McCaslin and many more. Their self-titled CD was named one of the best albums of 2013 by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine.

Connection Works’ Wide Open Works (WOW) concert series provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format.

Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Their programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. Connection Works provides a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in their borough. “We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.”


Saturday October 20, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
58 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn , NY 11217 United States