Tomeka Reid - cello
Silvia Bolognesi - double bass
Pasquale Mirra - vibraphone
Cristiano Calcagnile - drums
Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, Chicago cellist and composer Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original and versatile musicians in Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She is also a co-leader of the adventurous string trio called Hear in Now, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi. By focusing on developing her craft primarily as a side person and working in countless improvisational contexts, Reid has achieved a stunning musical maturity.
Bassist, composer, and arranger Silvia Bolognesi graduated from the Institute R. Franci of Siena. She teaches double bass and jazz combo at Siena Jazz University, the association "Mosaico" of Colle Val d'Elsa and, since 2008, leads workshops on improvisation and "conduction." She is the leader of several bands, including the Almond Tree and the Open Combo octet, and, since 2009, has been part of an all-female string trio (with Tomeka Reid on cello and Mazz Swift on violin and voice) Hear In Now. In 2010 she founded Fonterossa Records.
Pasquale Mirra is considered one of the most exciting vibraphone player of the Italian and international scene. He has collaborated with many great improvisers on the world stage including Michel Portal, Fred Frith, Nicole Mitchell, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Rijseger, Rob Mazurek, Ballaké Sissoko, Butch Morris, and Jeff Parker. With renowned American percussionist Hamid Drake he has formed an active duo project working regularly in numerous festivals in the USA and Europe. Pasquale Mirra is a founding member of the Bassesfere Collective - a cultural association promoting the development and the spread of improvised music and research, based in Bologna, Italy.
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger Cristiano Calcagnile is well known in the European experimental music scene recording for such labels as EMI, Polygram, Phonometak Labs, RareNoise, Die Schachtel, and Black Saint among the others. He leads the octet – Cristiano Calcagnile Ensemble - whose new recording, Multikulti Cherry On, is dedicated to the music of Don Cherry. Among his most important collaborations: Anthony Braxton, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Tristan Honsinger, Butch Morris, Ernst Reijseger, Glen Ferris, Rob Mazurek, Keith Tippet, Julie Tippet, William Parker, Mark Feldman, and many others.