Trevor Dunn’s trio-convulsant, birthed in 1997 on the tails of a second Mr. Bungle record, will perform in its third manifestation while maintaining the guitar-trio-core with Mary Halvorson & Ches Smith; South Korean bassist Jeong Lim Yang’s Zodiac Trio will present the music of Mary Lou Williams in a recreation of her Zodiac Suite from 1945.
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NYC’s busiest double bassists Jeong Lim Yang and Trevor Dunn unite on this double bill featuring new work from their respective trios. Jeong Lim Yang’s trio–featuring Argentinian pianist Santiago Leibson and drummer Tom Rainey–will recreate Mary Lou Williams’ boundary-breaking Zodiac Suite. The third iteration of Trevor Dunn’s trio-convulsant, featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Ches Smith–will perform their new album Seances in a septet version of the ensemble for the first time. The new “trio-convulsant avec folie à quatre” will include a chamber quartet comprised of violist Carla Kihlstedt, cellist Mariel Roberts, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and flutist Anna Webber.
About the Program
South Korean bassist Jeong Lim Yang’s Zodiac Trio will present the music of Mary Lou Williams in a recreation of her Zodiac Suite from 1945. This book of third-stream compositions "completely eroded the whites-only barrier to the Carnegie Hall stage" when it premiered mid-20th century. Yang’s reworking is available on Fresh Sound New Talent Records.
Trevor Dunn’s trio-convulsant, birthed in 1997 on the tails of a second Mr. Bungle record, will perform in its third manifestation while maintaining the guitar-trio-core with Mary Halvorson & Ches Smith. The new “trio-convulsant avec folie à quatre” presents new music on Kris Davis’ label Pyroclastic Records. The album “Séances” explores the suspect world of religious hysteria in 18th century France by way of angular counterpoint, free improvisation framed in distinct formal compositions healthy doses of energy and disorientation for both the performer and listener.
Jeong Lim Yang’s Zodiac Trio:
Santiago Leibson (piano)
Tom Rainey (drums)
Trevor Dunn’s trio-convulsant avec folie à quatre:
Mary Halvorson (guitar)
Ches Smith (drums)
Carla Kihlstedt (viola, violin)
Mariel Roberts (cello)
Oscar Noriega (bass clarinet)
Anna Webber (flute)
About Trevor Dunn
Trevor Dunn was born in 1968 behind the Redwood Curtain in Eureka, CA. His first instrument was the clarinet and he began to focus on the electric bass at 13. Four years later he co-founded the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle.
In 1990 he received a BA in music from Humboldt State where he performed Koussevitsky's Concerto for Double Bass with the HSO. In 2001 he was commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center to write "Dépaysemant" for prepared solo contrabass performed later that year at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC.
Dunn has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 2000 and can be heard on over 150 recordings including original film music “Four Films” (Tzadik) his rock band “MadLove” (Ipecac) and a collection of chamber music, “Nocturnes” (Tzadik) featuring a string quartet and solo piano pieces. He can be heard with John Zorn, Endangered Blood, Nels Cline Singers, Tomahawk, Kris Davis, Dan Weiss, and The Melvins with whom in 2012 he toured all 50 States in 50 days.
During the pandemic Dunn founded an independent record label Riverworm Records and released his project SpermChurch, a duo with Dutch-Indonesian electronic musician Sannety. His third trio-convulsant record “Sèances” (Pyroclastic), amended with a chamber quartet, was released in 2022. Forthcoming recordings include more film music, KingDunn (acoustic duo with Buzz Osborne from the Melvins), Ahleuchatistas and Titans To Tachyons. Published writings include articles about doing laundry, surviving the road, bass technique, decay and loss.
About Jeong Lim Yang’s Zodiac Trio
Native South Korean, bassist Jeong Lim Yang performed extensively in New York City since 2011 as a sideman with great figures in the scene such as Jason Palmer, Oscar Noriega, and Kenny Wollesen. In 2017, her debut album as a leader and a composer titled Déjà vu (fresh sound) won ‘the best debut album of the year’. Yang released the experimental Brooklyn-based collective band “mute” in 2020 (fresh sound) and receives international proclamation. Yang’s lyrical and melodic playing has been pursued and desired by many contemporary jazz and improvised musicians.
Argentinian-born, Brooklyn-based pianist Santiago Leibson released 5 records as a leader: Amon (2014), Pendular (2015), Out of Orden (2016), Episodes (2018), and Little Pieces (2020). In 2019 Leibson made his Carnegie Hall debut playing a solo concert of original and classical compositions at the prestigious series “Sofia Rosoff Presents” organized by Abby Whiteside Foundation.
Yang’s Zodiac trio (with Tom Rainey on drums, except on the record it’s Gerald Cleaver) was inspired a number of years ago by Yang and Leibson’s pure love of Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite(1945) and had a long journey of finding the trio’s original and unique sound.