Philoctetes Center

Stranger than Truth: The Art of the Trio (June 12, 2011)

Music Performance & Discussion
Participants: Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias, Bobby Previte

Improvising musicians have long talked about the special rapport that occurs in a trio setting. The roles of musicians in a triangle take on a more versatile and spontaneous character, especially in the absence of a harmonic instrument. The traditional roles of a jazz rhythm section are redefined when each instrument contributes equally to the architecture of the group's sound. Musicians describe the imaginative expanse of trio improvisation as more exploratory than that of larger groups. Jane Ira Bloom joins bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte to play and talk about what makes three such a special number when it comes to improvising.