Wednesday May 11, 2016, 8 pm, $10. We are pleased to welcome back the extraordinary Kite Trio, an innovative jazz trio from Montreal: guitarist Eric Couture, drummer Eric Dew, and upright bassist Paul Van Dyk. http://kitetrio.com/
PLUS an opening set by the Scott Taplay Group: Jonas Pearson Paavola bass, Victor Agrippa alto sax, Jon Pascoal drums, and Scott Taplay guitar.
Review of Strange Beast by Kite Trio: “Maîtres de leurs instruments et repoussant leurs limites, ils nous offrent un jazz métissé aux couleurs progressives avec une touche post-moderne, parsemé de classique et de rock. Masters of their instruments and pushing their limits, they offer a jazz mixed with progressive colours and a post-modern touch, dotted with classical and rock.”
Kite has been establishing an alternative path for the modern jazz trio since it was formed by guitarist Eric Couture, drummer Eric Dew, and upright bassist Paul Van Dyk in Montreal in 2008. Five years of relentless rehearsing, composing, and touring have created a bold sound that often elicits comparisons to both 70s prog icons, “Gentle Giant” and to modern day alt-jazz giants, “The Bad Plus”. Each member of Kite is a gripping presence on his instrument, but it’s a determination to experiment in the face of jazz tradition and to put it all on the line for the band that makes Kite special.
Kite has received several grants from the Quebec Arts Council and FACTOR, was a finalist in the “Jazz En Rafale” contest for emerging artists, and was featured on a YOUTUBE video with 5 million views. Kite’s debut album (Self-Titled, 2011) was crowd-funded by a very supportive fan base through Kickstarter.com. Kite has played hundreds of shows in venues from Quebec City to Toronto to Philadelphia. Kite’s second album, funded by a grant from FACTOR and produced by Montreal Music scene luminary, Jocelyn Tellier, will be released in October 2013.