HEART OF THE GHOST & MJ/ENGLE/CAPECCHI TRIO
April 23, 2019
Philadelphia, PA, United States Martha ADDRESS AND MAP
Time Tuesday April 23rd @ 8:00 PM Admission Free/Donation requested
“For the past two years, few improvisation units have been as omnipresent in the D.C. area as Heart of the Ghost. For good reason: The trio of alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, bassist Luke Stewart, and percussionist Ian McColm is something of a trinity of the finest free jazz improvisers in the region. If you’ve seen Heart of the Ghost in concert, then you know—Gilgore, Stewart, and McColm’s performances feel like a kind of séance, with the trio locked into a musical conversation with one another.
Though Gilgore’s skronked-out sax wailings anchor the tracks, no one part is greater than the sum of the whole. McColm’s inventive percussion techniques feel like a rhythm from another world, and Stewart—easily one of the most prolific and talented bassists in the region, if not the entire country—takes his instrument to new dimensions.” – Matt Cohen/Washington Citypaper
“…But free music is about right now, wherever you are at, anyplace that the right players get together and play. If you have a chance to hear Washington, D.C. trio Heart of the Ghost, rest assured that you’ve found another portal into the creative vortex that spontaneously lifts hearts, minds and bands off the stand. Their freewheeling improvisations tap into the same defiant spirit decanted by Mingus and the Minutemen, which is to say that the freedom is in the playing, but it’s also a conscious reaction to the ways in which people are not free. You can hear protest in alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore’s brays and peppery interjections. You can hear mourning and defiant creation in bassist Luke Stewart’s continually shifting frameworks of woody-toned dark motion. And you can hear the moment-to-moment dance necessary to keep it moving or just keep standing in drummer Ian McColm’s shifting tonal surfaces and rhythmic cascades.”-Bill Meyer/Dusted
Veronica Jurkiewicz (MJ) is a violist, violinist, and vocalist based in Philadelphia. She is drawn to sound involving the intersection of experimental, improvisational, and traditional practice.
Veronica is often seen playing in a string quartet performing new/experimental music, singing Bach, improvising alongside Afro-Cuban percussionists, interpreting new music, and bringing chamber music to the people with Classical Revolution Philly.
Matt Engle (bass) has been an active member of the Philadelphia creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He is a member of the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, and Sonic Liberation Front among others.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota (St. Paul and Minneapolis), percussionist Dan Capecchi moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 2002, where he became increasingly interested and active in the world of improvised music. Dan has been involved with Shot x Shot, Peter Robbins, Jeff Baumeister, and Toshi Makahara as well as
short term engagements with Susie Ibarra and others.
This event made possible by a donation from Martha Bar Kensington.
HEART OF THE GHOST