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John Christensen, Russ Johnson, Tim Daisy

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

Bassist John Christensen kicks off a residency with help from two adventurous improvisers. Info/tix

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Bassist and composer John Christensen made one of our favorite Madison records of 2018 in Dear Friend, his first album as a bandleader. Since its release, Christensen has continued to write more new music for a jazz trio and play with numerous other collaborators in and beyond Madison, including Johannes Wallmann, Michael Brenneis, and Devin Drobka. He also recently became the first-ever artist-in-residence at Arts + Literature Laboratory, a venue that has developed a strong slate of local and touring jazz shows in addition to its other music events, art exhibitions, workshops, and literary gatherings. He also gets to flesh out just what it means to be an artist-in-residence at ALL, but says his one-year tenure there will involve giving music classes in local community centers and "a solo show with mixed media." He'll also use the residency to welcome and collaborate with visiting artists. At this show, he'll set aside his new compositions for a mostly improvised performance with two of his accomplished contemporaries in Midwestern jazz, Milwaukee-based trumpeter Russ Johnson and Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy. Both Johnson and Daisy are versatile composers in their own right and have played together before, including on Johnson's 2014 album Meeting Point, which benefits from their shared instincts for both elegantly orchestrated melody and prodding free-jazz experimentation. Christensen self-deprecatingly refers to his original compositions as "soft rock with acoustic bass" (they may be gentle but that's a disservice), but he's versatile enough that this trio should be able to work its way into more abrasive and volatile music. —Scott Gordon

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