The Kora Band, Trio Subtonic

The Kora Band

Trio Subtonic

Sat, March 28, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Kora Band
The Kora Band
The Kora Band integrates the uniquely entrancing timbre of the kora, a traditional 21-string harp from West Africa, into a jazz context, bringing together two musical traditions with historical connections to create a totally unique sound reflecting the globalized world of the 21st century.

Founded by London-based American pianist and composer Andrew Oliver after a 2007 U.S. State Department tour to West Africa, the band features New York-based virtuoso Kane Mathis on kora, bringing extensive knowledge from two decades of study with master musicians in the Gambia in addition to conservatory training in the U.S. The band performs Andrew’s original music as well as traditional and repertoire from across West Africa with the seamless integration of piano and kora churning along as the backbone of the group sound, augmented by trumpet, bass, and drums.

The group’s 2010 album “Cascades” (OA2 Records) won Earshot Jazz’s award for “Northwest Jazz Album of the Year” and peaked at #12 on the U.S. World Music radio charts. In 2012, Andrew was awarded a prestigious Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant for the commissioning and recording of a new concert length work transforming elements from specific traditional kora pieces into new jazz compositions.

The resulting album, “New Cities,” will be released in the spring of 2015 on Whirlwind Recordings with an accompanying UK tour featuring Andrew and Kane alongside an all-star cast including Byron Wallen (trumpet), Michael Janisch (bass), and Dave De Rose (drums).
Trio Subtonic
Trio Subtonic
Trio Subtonic has made their mark on the Northwest independent and jazz music scenes, crafting three albums worth of original compositions by its family members: on keys, Galen Clark; on bass, Bill Athens; and on drums, Jesse Brooke. In 2009 "Cave Dweller" received national attention for striking a balance between unique groove, catchy melody, and overall drinkability. The incorporation of jazz and brazilian traditions with non-stop funky fervor poses the question to the dance floor: is it better to stop for a moment and listen, or to have never listened at all?
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212