Rooms Trio, Hanging Hearts

Rooms Trio

Hanging Hearts

Wed, February 7, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Rooms Trio
Rooms Trio
“A significant new force” on Chicago’s improvised-music scene, per the Reader’s Peter Margasak, the Rooms Trio is one of those uncommon groups that is able to draw on mainstream jazz and an edgy experimentalism without selling either short. On original tunes such as “Projections,” from their album Vigils, pianist Dan Pierson, bassistCharlie Kirchen and drummer Matt Carroll wrap a stately melody with lightly disruptive percussion effects before slipping into a mesmerizing ambient state. At other times, they deliver a jibbing and jabbing post-modernism, with a natural ease and sense of alertness that separates them from strategy-minded post-Bad Plus trios. They don’t always paint a pretty picture: “Our music is about addressing that general sense of doom of feeling like the world may end,” said Kirchen. But in these times, those themes couldn’t be more timely.
Hanging Hearts
Hanging Hearts
Hanging Hearts is a free-spirited, Chicago-based trio described by European audiences as "hammering the walls between genres." Bridging the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music, the band offers listeners what is ultimately their own tribal music--a combination of their varying musical backgrounds ranging from jazz and classical, to funk, alternative soul, and full on metal. Each a bandleader and composer in their own right, Hanging Hearts features Chris Weller on tenor and bass saxophones, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums.

In June 2016, Hanging Hearts went back into the studio at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI with drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus as producer to make their second album, Into a Myth. A strong step forward from their last, the record features eight cut-to-the-chase originals referencing various themes from creation myths to cosmic rights of passage. Into a Myth released on June 9, 2017 on the Minneapolis-based label Shifting Paradigm Records.

“James Brown could have found some funk in Hanging Hearts. These guys are from Chicago, the ghosts of legendary Windy City tenor players like Fred Anderson and Von Freeman blow through Chris Weller’s intentions. He’s done the Berklee College of Music thing and DeGenova’s been a soul-boy, with this album comes the time to shake the wider world. What I hear is self belief played with strength and it’s there for the taking.” -Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz Read Article

“Free bop with a rock edge to it avant fans will immediately get the band, one that teeters on the edge of chaos time and time again yet all three know how to push the reset button back from the edge to relative safety.” -Stephen Graham, Marlbank Read Article

“An album that shines with passion, participation and dialogue, nothing is left hanging, each portion is lived intensely by the three.” -Giuseppe Mavilla, scrivere di jazzRead Article

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com