Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Matt Ulery's LOOM Trio to perform Friday, September 28 at Saint Louis Art Museum

Chicago bassist and composer Matt Ulery is bringing his group LOOM Trio to St. Louis to perform at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 28 in the Grigg Gallery of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

According to the news release sent out by the museum, the gig also will feature members of the Chicago-based new music group eighth blackbird, five of whom were part of the nine-piece ensemble on Ulery's most recent album By A Little Light.

The concert is part of the museum's "Art After 5" series and is free and open to the public. However, since space is limited, tickets will be required. Tickets will be available at the museum's information desk beginning Friday, September 1, with a limit of four per person.

Ulery (pictured) has released four albums as a leader, and has performed with musicians including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Ron Perrillo, and Jeff Parker, as well as with the group Eastern Blok and many others. In addition to Ulery on bass, LOOM Trio also includes pianist Ben Lewis and drummer Jon Deitemyer.

A two-CD set, By A Little Light was released earlier this year on trumpeter Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music label and so far seems to be getting an enthusiastically favorable reception from critics. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune called it a "magical, profoundly musical release," while a review in the July issue of DownBeat magazine gave it 4 and 1/2 stars.

You can hear two sample tracks from By A Little Light on Ulery's SoundCloud page here. In the embedded video window below, you can hear a five-piece version of LOOM playing Ulery's composition "Constant" at a gig in 2010 in Chicago.

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