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Mrs. Adam Schatz, Tony Barba, Matt Blair

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Matt Blair.

Matt Blair.

Twin Cities jazz pianist Matt Blair has performed with several artists who might sound familiar to Madison audiences, including locally based bass player John Christensen and Milwaukee drummer Devin Drobka, in addition to his work in the bands Good Trouble and Slipstream. This fall he'll be releasing a solo-piano album, Shadow Sets, produced by Dave King of The Bad Plus. The pieces he's shared from the album so far cover a lot of ground, from the rapid-fire dissonance of "Better Go Find Your Lost Self" to the slow-building atmospherics of "Vacant Paradise." On "Piece By Piece By Piece By Piece," he creeps between gentle, almost flowing passages and outbursts in which notes seem to pile onto each other in a sort of controlled, deconstructed chaos. On his current tour, Blair is putting a twist on the Shadow Sets material by channeling it through Fender Rhodes and electronics. He shares the bill here with Adam Schatz of New York band Landlady and Madison-based sax/electronics artist Tony Barba. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 26
Ghost Bath, Tubal Cain, Red Museum
Later Event: September 27
Califone