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Andrew Trim (free)

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The versatile, forward-looking guitarist plays an improvised duo set with bassist Barry Paul Clark. Info


Andrew Trim, who divides his time between Chicago and Milwaukee, has carved out a few promising channels for expanding and recontextualizing jazz guitar. In the trio Dim Lightning, Trim often crafts tangled lines that threaten to turn volatile, forming the outer edge of a diffuse storm. His quartet Hanami draws on Trim's childhood experiences living in Japan with his family. Trim, saxophonist Mai Sugimoto, bass clarinetist Jason Stein, and drummer Charles Rumback nitially formed for a one-off fundraising effort for victims of Japan's 2011 tsunami, but Hanami has grown into an in-depth exploration of Japanese folk melodies. The quartet's second album, 2016's The Only Way To Float Free, treats the source material with an inquisitive grace. "Hanaikada" finds Trim using conversational chords to bridge Stein and Sugimoto's intertwining interpretations of the song's main theme; Trim's playing isn't supposed to be the first thing you notice here, but it helps the tricky interplay between the two reed players make sense. Trim has more aggressive moments in this band (especially on "Kita Nagano Motorcycle Gang"), but all the same it captures his many approaches to buoying up an ensemble and keeping its harmonic possibilities wide open.

Trim will be playing an improvised duo set here with Milwaukee-based musician Barry Paul Clark, who has played in projects including Field Report and the ambitious new-music quartet Tontine Ensemble. Clark also makes dark and wonderfully disorienting electronic music under the name adoptahighway. Clark also plays with Trim in the Milwaukee band Lady Cannon, and the two have been collaborating as a duo, including in a project where they make improvised music for yoga. Given the versatility of both players and their comfort with so many different musical forms, this show should be a highlight of Arts + Literature Lab's Sunday-afternoon New Music Series, organized by Madison-based saxophonist and composer Anders Svanoe. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 24
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Later Event: August 26
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