Silt Trio: Unknown Rivers Album Release

Thursday, September 12, 20248:00 pm
$25 advance$30 doors$20 Student/Senior (w/ ID, Senior 65+)doors 7pm

Composer and bassist Luke Stewart presents his Silt Trio, plus special guests, as part of an album release concert for Unknown Rivers on Pi Records. Featuring Stewart’s long-running Silt Trio—with Brian Settles on tenor sax, and alternating drummers Trae Crudup and Chad Taylor—plus special guests. Unknown Rivers sees the band pushing towards greater emphasis on rhythmic acuity, highlighting the different approaches to the music of the two drummers.

Luke Stewart bass, compositions
Brian Settles tenor saxophone
Trae Crudup drums
Chad Taylor drums
featuring Jonathan Finlayson trumpet
Opening Invocation: No Land + Daniel Carter
Set 1: Silt Trio, featuring Trae Crudup
Set 2: Silt Trio, featuring Chad Taylor
Set 3: Silt Trio Expanded, featuring Trae Crudup, Chad Taylor, Jonathan Finlayson. Performing the World Premiere of “The Berlin Conference,” composed specifically for this ensemble.

Luke Stewart is a musician, performer, improviser-composer, organizer, and writer-researcher whose work represents a deep reverence for the history and tradition of Creative Music: a tradition which encompasses the diverse styles of expression within the body of Black Music in the United States, Africa, and throughout the world. Stewart’s regular ensembles include Irreversible Entanglements, SILT Trio, Exposure Quintet, and the experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths; he also performs regularly in numerous collaborations.
Chad Taylor is a bandleader and also one of the most in-demand musicians on the scene, originally establishing his reputation in Chicago co-leading the various Chicago Underground configurations with Rob Mazurek and playing with Fred Anderson, Jeff Parker and Matana Roberts. After moving to the East Coast, he’s been active with Marc Ribot, James Brandon Lewis, and with Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die, to name a few.
Warren Trae Crudup, who performs in the duo Blacks’ Myths with Stewart, brings a different aesthetic based on his wide-ranging experience playing gospel and go-go, in addition to jazz with such musicians as James Brandon Lewis and in Heroes are Gang Leaders.
A stalwart of the fertile Washington DC jazz scene, Brian Settles performs in groups led by Tomas Fujiwara, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, and Jonathan Finlayson, in addition to being a bandleader in his own right. A true, under-sung original, he plays with a quiet intensity, possessing a distinctive sound that reminds of players from a distant past set against a modernist’s vocabulary. His playing is filled with patience and understatement, with power in reserve that is used with musical intention rather than to bludgeon.

Silt Trio: Unknown Rivers Album Release

Thursday, September 12, 20248:00 pm
$25 advance$30 doors$20 Student/Senior (w/ ID, Senior 65+)doors 7pm

Composer and bassist Luke Stewart presents his Silt Trio, plus special guests, as part of an album release concert for Unknown Rivers on Pi Records. Featuring Stewart’s long-running Silt Trio—with Brian Settles on tenor sax, and alternating drummers Trae Crudup and Chad Taylor—plus special guests. Unknown Rivers sees the band pushing towards greater emphasis on rhythmic acuity, highlighting the different approaches to the music of the two drummers.

Luke Stewart bass, compositions
Brian Settles tenor saxophone
Trae Crudup drums
Chad Taylor drums
featuring Jonathan Finlayson trumpet
Opening Invocation: No Land + Daniel Carter
Set 1: Silt Trio, featuring Trae Crudup
Set 2: Silt Trio, featuring Chad Taylor
Set 3: Silt Trio Expanded, featuring Trae Crudup, Chad Taylor, Jonathan Finlayson. Performing the World Premiere of “The Berlin Conference,” composed specifically for this ensemble.

Luke Stewart is a musician, performer, improviser-composer, organizer, and writer-researcher whose work represents a deep reverence for the history and tradition of Creative Music: a tradition which encompasses the diverse styles of expression within the body of Black Music in the United States, Africa, and throughout the world. Stewart’s regular ensembles include Irreversible Entanglements, SILT Trio, Exposure Quintet, and the experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths; he also performs regularly in numerous collaborations.
Chad Taylor is a bandleader and also one of the most in-demand musicians on the scene, originally establishing his reputation in Chicago co-leading the various Chicago Underground configurations with Rob Mazurek and playing with Fred Anderson, Jeff Parker and Matana Roberts. After moving to the East Coast, he’s been active with Marc Ribot, James Brandon Lewis, and with Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die, to name a few.
Warren Trae Crudup, who performs in the duo Blacks’ Myths with Stewart, brings a different aesthetic based on his wide-ranging experience playing gospel and go-go, in addition to jazz with such musicians as James Brandon Lewis and in Heroes are Gang Leaders.
A stalwart of the fertile Washington DC jazz scene, Brian Settles performs in groups led by Tomas Fujiwara, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, and Jonathan Finlayson, in addition to being a bandleader in his own right. A true, under-sung original, he plays with a quiet intensity, possessing a distinctive sound that reminds of players from a distant past set against a modernist’s vocabulary. His playing is filled with patience and understatement, with power in reserve that is used with musical intention rather than to bludgeon.