Ann Arbor Guitar Trio Ann Arbor Guitar Trio

Thu

5/17/2018

7:30pm

Jazz

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio

CD Release Show

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 Student

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  • Alex Anest
  • Evan Veasey
  • Adam Kahana

Event Details

The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio was founded on the idea that more guitar is better. Alex Anest formed the group with Evan Veasey and Adam Kahana in April 2016. All three musicians are talented, creative players who have been performing and recording in the Ann Arbor area for years. With three guitars there are endless possibilities and the A2G3 looks to explore as many of them as they can. The current repertoire includes original material and arrangements of works by Abby Clemens, Malcolm Dean, Bill Frisell, Tiny Grimes, Ernie Krivda, Marc Johnson, Pat Metheny, Oliver Nelson, Miles Okazaki, Charlie Parker, Lou Reed, Ellen Rowe, Brian Wilson. and Janelle Reichman. Improvisation, creative use of space, and the interesting harmonies achievable with so many strings are some of the ideas that the A2G3 is exploring. The group is continually developing new and challenging repertoire and is in the final stages of releasing their first record, “Tides.”

Alex Anest

Alex Anest has been performing and recording music professionally in the Southeast Michigan area since 1996. In addition to the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, he is currently playing with a small jazz group called the Alex Anest Trio, the Bluewater Kings, and Klezmephonic. Alex has studied guitar with Miles Okazaki and Chris Buzzelli. He holds a Masters of Music in Improvisation from University of Michigan, where he studied with Benny Green, Mark Kirschenmann, and Ellen Rowe. Alex was a founding member of the electric jazz group Giraffe, the Jericho Guitar Trio, Never Nebula, Secret 7, and Delta 88. He has toured Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy with songwriter Kevin Meisel and has played on stages throughout the Midwest and New England.

Evan Veasey

Evan Veasey began studying the guitar in 2006. He studied at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor, as well as the Ann Arbor Music Center before beginning study at the University of Michigan pursuing a Jazz Studies degree. Evan has also performed with youth groups through Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. In addition to the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, he is currently playing with the experimental improvisation group Glitter Glam, Indie rock trio Moods, as well as Indie band Fallow Land. His group Fallow Land is very active locally as well as regionally having played all over the Midwest and Ontario. They have just finished recording their debut EP, Pinscher, at High Bias Studios with local veteran musician Chris Bathgate. Evan has also played with classic rock cover band Chasing Red, as well as Hip Hop/Neo Soul group Wake Up Jeff.

Adam Kahana

Adam Kahana is a musician, arranger, singer, and composer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though classically trained, he grew up on the Blues. Following graduation from Pioneer and Community High Schools, he is currently a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in Jazz Guitar Performance. He also sings Tenor 1 for the University of Michigan’s Men’s Glee Club, which recently returned from a tour in South Africa. Prior to matriculating at the University of Michigan, Adam held the Piano Chair for two years in Pioneer’s Grammy Award-winning Jazz Band and played guitar in Community’s top jazz combo Sonic Boom, which won best combo at the Western Michigan University Jazz Festival. He was also the guitarist for the award-winning Louis Smith Jazz Orchestra. Adam was named the 2014 Michigan All-State Jazz Guitarist and the 2015 Michigan Honors Jazz Band Pianist. Adam also had the opportunity to perform at the 2015 Michigan Jazz Festival leading his own band, the Ann Arbor Experiment, and at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival performing on guitar as part of the J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne All Stars. Adam had studied guitar with Randy Napoleon, and currently studies with Miles Okazaki.