TMT Trio

Wed

1/17/2018

8:00pm

Jazz

TMT Trio

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student

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  • Cat Toren, piano
  • Angela Morris, tenor saxophone
  • Anthony Taddeo, drums

Event Details

TMT Trio is a collaborative avant-jazz group based between New York and Cleveland. The trio’s roots first sprouted in a tiny room of drummer Anthony Taddeo’s Brooklyn apartment where he, pianist Cat Toren, and saxophonist Angela Morris would play new compositions and improvise together, exploring how their unconventional instrumentation showcases the chamber music character of the piano and the multifaceted potential of all three instruments. 2013 saw their debut performance, and the group’s connection continued to grow even through Taddeo’s 2014 move to Cleveland. Since then, they have performed in sought-after music venues and facilitated masterclasses in NYC and throughout the Midwest. Their debut recording, "Star Ballad," was released in June 6, 2017 and is available at tmt-trio.bandcamp.com!

Cat Toren

Cat Toren is an award winning pianist, improviser and composer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Described as “vibrant, earthy and spiritual” (UK Vibe), Cat “uses bold atmospheric abstraction and fluid melodies to mix deep human warmth with creative fire” (Coastal Jazz and Blues).

Cat Toren holds a Masters in Music Composition from the New York State University at Purchase College and an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies from Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC, her hometown. She has studied piano with highly respected pianists such as Andy LaVerne and Sophia Rosoff and composition with Dr. Lisa Miller, and Pulitzer Prize winner and nominee Du Yun and Laura Kaminsky. In addition, Cat is passionate about sound therapy; she holds a Sound Healing Training Certificate from the Sage Academy in Woodstock, NY.

On January 21, 2017 (the day of the Women’s March on Washington) Cat released her fourth album featuring a new project entitled Cat Toren’s HUMAN KIND. It has currently sold copies in over seven countries, receiving critically acclaimed reviews such as “A powerful recording” – Bandcamp Daily (The Best New Jazz on Bandcamp) and “Cat Toren should be a household name. Incredible music for 2017” – UK Vibe. The group has toured the Mid-West, New York area and Western Canada to sold out venues promoting the album and its message. The music is influenced by the free-form, socially conscious jazz of the late ’60s as well as today’s resurgent civil rights movement. Jazz, being both music of expression and of the people, has a legacy of standing up for civil rights issues. Keeping with this tradition, proceeds of the album are donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Career accolades include a JUNO Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2013, JUNO Nomination for Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2016, Western Canadian Music Award 2016, and Galaxy Rising Star Award 2010 all with the co-led ensemble Pugs and Crows. Other accolades include numerous grants to fund projects such as a commission to write for a nine piece new music ensemble, Orkestra Futura, in 2014. Noteworthy performances include the JUNO Awards Showcase in Regina and Ottawa, Cornelia Street Cafe’s Piano Festival 2015, Montreal Jazz Festival and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival in conjunction with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation asked Cat to be an artist speaker at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Colloquium 2017. The annual topic was Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge. Cat gave a presentation and lecture entitled Cat Toren’s HUMAN KIND: Music for Empathic Activism and is currently preparing this lecture for print form.

Angela Morris

If Brooklyn’s music circles draw a Venn diagram, saxophonist-composer Angela Morris thrives in the loop between avant-jazz and pop. Originally from Toronto, Canada and based in NYC, she has performed throughout North America and Europe.

Her vocal group Rallidae released their new album, Turned, and Was, in November 2016 on the NYC-based label Gold Bolus Recordings; their debut Paper Birds was praised as “an exceptional debut by and exciting and innovative new band.” Morris is a member Motel and TMT Trio, two collaborative trios that have respectively released albums in 2017: like you always do, I always did too by Motel (Prom Night Records), and Star Ballad by TMT Trio. Morris composes and co-leads several groups, including a 17-piece big band – she is an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop lead by Jim McNeely and studied composition with the Grammy-nominated jazz composer Darcy James Argue. In addition to her own projects, she performs with Helado Negro, Jason Ajemian’s Folk-Lords, Myra Melford, and Jessica Pavone.

Anthony Taddeo

Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and ODP performing artist currently residing in Cleveland, OH. Early on in his musical career he studied with world renown percussionist Jamey Haddad before moving to New York City in 2009 to further pursue his musical career at The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Anthony has toured North America and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. His versatility as a musician has also lead him to record close to 20 albums / singles with an array of musicians and genres. Anthony currently teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in NYC and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by “Out of the Drawer Percussion” as a performing artist.