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GateSound: Tom Rainey + Devin Drobka

  • Gates of Heaven 302 East Gorham Street Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Milwaukee-based jazz drummer Devin Drobka has served as an essential force in the Midwest jazz scene as an educator, organizer, and performer, spearheading a number of adventurous projects that connect players throughout the region. In addition to forming and organizing the UnrehearsedMKE improv series in Milwaukee, Drobka collaborates with prominent Madison jazz figures such as Johannes Wallamann and Tony Barba, as well as other Wisconsin-based projects such as Lesser Lakes Trio. His expressive, energetic, and dynamic playing yield adventurous opportunities in instrumentation, such as his pianoless Thelonious Monk tribute with Racine-based trumpeter Jamie Breiwick, and, at this Tone Madison-presented show at the historic Gates of Heaven, an improvisatory drum duo with New York's Tom Rainey. Rainey boasts a long history as a session musician and collaborator with performers such as Tim Berne and Nels Cline. Over the past several years, Rainey has expanded his involvement to leading his own projects with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock—a particularly relentless, while often patient and spacious, trio. Rainey and Drobka will play two improvised sets here.  Ticket presale available, discount for our Patreon donors—Emili Earhart