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Linda Binder - viola d'amore, waterphone
Hal Rammel - musical saw, sound palette, waterphone
"One of the pleasures of this spring and summer was been the opportunityto develop a very focused duo project with string virtuoso Linda Binder. Linda chose viola d’amore for these improvised settings and, initially, I kept to amplified palette. Eventually, Linda encouraged me to take out musical saw and waterphone, instruments that I had put aside for the past few years. Linda began exploring the unique sonorities of the waterphone herself this year, so the opportunity to play bowed metal duets was irresistible. PaVda has offered an ever expanding vista this year. We’ve released two recordings on bandcamp as Fieldstone Recordings and, I assure, there is more territory to explore." (Hal Rammel)
Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts
Chris Weller - tenor saxophone
Cole DeGenova - keyboards
Devin Drobka - drums
Hanging Hearts is a free jazz trio with melodic roots dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation. Described as "hammering the walls between genres," their music bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music. The band features Chris Weller on tenor saxophone, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums. While Chris and Cole grew up in Chicago, playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs by the age of 15, the trio was completed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where all three members graduated. The trio’s repertoire consists of their original compositions and free improvisations.
Members of the group have performed around the world and shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Tony Malaby, Tower of Power, Lettuce, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy, and Greg Ward, among others. Notable performances include the Chicago Jazz Festival, Jazzinec Festival, New York’s Carnegie Hall. Though they have been playing together for years, the group released their debut album in October ’14, with supporting US shows and European tour (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, & Romania).