Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, United States
Dave Meder Songs and Stories Trio
In this performance, the Dave Meder Songs and Stories Trio brings a contemporary chamber music-like approach to the traditional jazz trio format: traversing old gospel standards, bold deconstructions of avant-gardists Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill, intricate explorations inspired by American minimalists Philip Glass and John Adams, and new works inspired by modern poetry and narrative.
Indeed, the trio's defining aesthetic is its remarkably postmodern sense of stylistic adventure, incorporating what All About Jazz describes as “a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.”
This performance coincides with the album release of “Unamuno Songs and Stories” (October 22, 2021), on the Outside In Music label. The album brings to life some of the most poignant works of Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936), a noted philosopher and poet from the Basque region of Spain
Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-inclusive approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. His latest album, Passage, was counted among the top five jazz debuts in the Ottawa Citizen, as well as the “Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019” from All Music Guide, for its balancing of “post-bop harmonies with soulful gospel warmth and contemporary classical sophistication.” Indeed, Meder’s defining aesthetic is his remarkably postmodern sense of stylistic adventure, incorporating what All About Jazz describes as “a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.”
His works have won various competitions and commissions, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, the International Songwriting Competition, and the FirstMusic Commission of the New York Youth Symphony. His performances have headlined stages at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kennedy Center, and internationally in Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and others. Meder currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas, one of the nation’s most renowned jazz studies programs.
Dave Meder is a YAMAHA Artist.
Bassist and composer Marty Jaffe hails from Conway, Massachusetts. After completing his studies at Columbia and Juilliard, Marty quickly became one of New York City’s most active bassists. He has performed with jazz icons Ingrid Jensen, Karrin Allyson, Harold Mabern, Sullivan Fortner, Sergio Mendes, and Steve Wilson. He has also performed in interdisciplinary productions directed by choreographers Bill T. Jones and Debbie Allen through the national YoungArts foundation. When not in NYC, Marty tours throughout the US and the world with numerous groups, especially with renowned vocalist Karrin Allyson, and pianist Ben Rosenblum.
Michael Piolet is a drummer and percussionist from Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet. Upon graduating, he worked and recorded in Miami for several years with the likes of Martin Bejerano and Leon Thomas before moving to New York City, where he performs regularly with Veronica Swift, Eric Lewis, and many others. In 2018, Michael joined the first national tour of the iconic Broadway musical Hamilton, playing the percussion chair and eventually taking over the drum chair in early 2020.
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