Jim Black Workshop
featuring Elias Stemeseder and Thomas Morgan
03. November 2014, 15:45 ZZ Club
After 12 years of leading his singer-less-songwriting-post-rock-improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim black goes in the absolute opposite musical direction by forming a new piano trio featuring one of the most in demand NY musicians, Thomas Morgan on bass, and the young Austrian pianist to watch out for, Elias Stemeseder. Four years later, with two releases on the Winter & Winter label and a host of international tours and performances, the trio continues it’s evolution towards their next recording. –SKIRL
"I am trying to go in the opposite direction of AlasNoAxis. Where as with Alas we are coming out of rock energy, rhythms, and textures, I wrote music for this trio to uncover different ways to approach swing rhythms and obviously acoustic improvisational and song structures. More influenced by jazz and Malian desert rhythms than Sonic Youth…I also wanted to have a band that could 'do anything, go anywhere.' Something very tactile, interactive, and could play music ranging from melodic songs to complicated forms to jazz standards, in our own way." – Jim Black
The trio will entertain any question asked at the workshop. We consider ourselves eternal students and look to communicate with others our experiences musical and otherwise. All topics are up for discussion, investigation, and demonstration.