Tres Hongos – January 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
January 2, 2011
at Audio for the Arts
7 S. Blair, Madison WI
Tres Hongos is a trio comprised of New York trumpeter Jacob Wick (White Rocket, HighLife), Chicago pianist Marc Riordan (Wishgift, Old Idea) and percussionist Frank Rosaly (Fast Citizens, Mandarin Movie, Rolldown). The trio explores long and short form improvisation that draws influences from a wide range of sound and music traditions, from the improvised to the strictly composed. Their improvised performances are characterized by sudden, playful shifts between static harmonies and tones, modular melodies, pointillistic interplay and dense, percussive assaults. Tres Hongos is three modern musicians in suits.
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Jacob Wick, trumpet
Jacob Wick works across sound, video, improvisation, composition, and performance to investigate the creation of information and the distribution of meaning.
He was born in 1985 near Chicago, IL. He had the privilege of attending New Trier High School, where he was part of numerous Downbeat-award-winning ensembles. In 2003 he entered the Jazz Studies program at Purchase College, State University of New York, where he studied with Jon Faddis, who nursed him back to health after a year of being unable to play due to embouchure difficulties. While at Purchase, he was exposed to and began moving towards installation art, sound art, and interactive media, which he studied with artist Liz Phillips, and began working with choreographer Neil Greenberg‘s improvisation classes at the dance conservatory. He graduated magna cum laude in 2008.
As a composer and improviser, he has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, India, and assorted European locales, and has taught masterclasses at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the College of Charleston, and McGill University. Wick currently leads two groups in New York – hungry cowboy and A Mown Lawn – and co-leads White Rocket, a trio with Dublin-based performer/composers Greg Felton and Seán Carpio, as well as performing with Jason Ajemian & the HighLife and Helado Negro. He also keeps one foot in Chicago, having recently established two collaborative trios there: Tres Hongos (with Frank Rosaly and Marc Riordan), and Kimmel/Moré/Wick. He has so far released two CDs: the first, an entirely improvised duo CD with drummer Andrew Greenwald (37:55 – Creative Sources); the second, with a collaborative trio White Rocket (White Rocket – on Diatribe).
As a sound and video artist, Jacob Wick’s installations and videos have been shown at the DANK Haus (Chicago), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). He maintains a longstanding relationship with Chicago-based arts residency program Harold Arts, where he has been on staff and/or in residence every year since its inception in 2006, and has been an Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In October 2009, he began a large-scale performance project entitled ROAD TRIP: drawing a perimeter of the united states, sponsored by Brooklyn-based arts service organization Fractured Atlas. Spanning a nearly three-month period, ROAD TRIP consisted of over 30 performances and collaborative projects with local and international artists and musicians throughout an 8000-mile loop around the United States and Canada.
Jacob Wick currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a licensed food handler in New York City.
Marc Riordan, piano
Musician and composer Marc Riordan (b. 1982) grew up in Cambridge, MA. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with jazz greats Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, Joe Hunt, Billy Hart, and Rakalam Bob Moses. Since moving to Chicago in 2006 he has kept a regular performance schedule, working in a variety of contexts with improvisers such as Brian Labycz, Frank Rosaly, Tim Daisy, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mars Williams, Jaimie Branch, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, and dancer Julia Mayer. He is a current member of Jason Ajemian’s radical pop ensemble, HighLife; Josh Berman’s free jazz quintet, Old Idea; the electro-acoustic noise/improvisation trio, Breakway; the progressive punk band, Wishgift; the avant indie band, Health and Beauty, and several other Chicago based groups. He is co-curator of the Protest Heaven jazz and improvised music series at Heaven Gallery, the Ratchet Series at Skylark, and Now It’s Dark, a silent film/improvised music series at Green Lantern Gallery. He works additionally as a music instructor in the Chicago area.
Frank Rosaly, percussion
Frank Rosaly (b. 5/30/74) is a drummer and composer currently living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community for 10 years where he has become an integral part of the Chicago scene, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.
Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Matana Robert’s Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams Remindring, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens & Project Project, The Josh Berman Quartet, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz’s Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Daniel Levin Trio and others.
Rosaly also leads a quintet, Viscous, featuring Jaimie Branch (tpt), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), James Falzone (cl) and Kevin Davis (cello), as well as his clarinet sextet, Cicatas Music, featuring James Falzone (cl), Jason Stein (bcl) and Keefe Jackson (cbcl), Jason Asasiewicz (vb), and Jason Roebke (b).
Other performances in the recent past include collaborations with Peter Brotzmann, Tony Malaby, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Walter Weirbos, among many others.
He is also involved in two solo projects. One is Milkwork: a study in integration of electronically manipulated percussion instruments, improvising dense sound walls with controlled feedback, overdriven amplified drums and creating soundscapes designed on analog instruments, blending these sounds with more traditional extended techniques on unamplified drum set. The other project, Softbeater, is a ‘solo drums with voice’ outing. It’s Frank’s version of a singer/songwriter performance, taking cues and drawing inspiration from Sonic Youth, Wire, Juana Molina and J Dilla.
Frank organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, a weekly showcase of creative music at the Skylark in Chicago. Frank is also faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music where he teaches private lessons.
Frank earned a performance degree from NAU. He has studied with Billy Higgins, Peter Donald, Bob Moses, Joel DiBartolo, Dom Moio, Steve Hemphill, Robert Schulz, Michael Vatcher and with the staff at the Jazz Record Mart.