Trio Subtonic has developed a style of original music that is defined by its compositional intrigue, groove heavy improvisations and its accessibility to listeners across the musical landscape. Trio Subtonic features Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums. For this show Trio Subtonic will be teaming up with guitar legend Dan Balmer.
The listener will find funky, groove-oriented sounds, acoustic ballads, and gospel-tinged instrumentals. Trio Subtonic’s “populist” take on Jazz means that just about everybody digs what they’re doing. Best of all, this record is “designed” well, making for a diverse listening experience from beginning till end. –Matt Fleeger, KMHD
The Ocular Concern presents a new album of contemporary music composed by co-leaders Dan Duval and Andrew Oliver. The album’s centerpiece is a four-movement suite for the quintet plus string trio and bandoneon inspired by the globalized world of the 21st century and based on the names of Portland’s sister cities worldwide. The album features the group’s wide ranging stylistic aesthetic, tied together by an emphasis on strong interlocking grooves, catchy melodies, and intuitive group interplay.