Adam Shead’s Tradition Talks





Adam Shead’s Tradition Talks



  • Adam Shead, drums
  • Matt Piet, piano
  • Tony Piazza, bass

Event Details

Times and dates of performances are subject to change.

Adam Shead's 'Tradition Talks' consists of pianist Matt Piet, bassist Tony Piazza, and percussionist Adam Shead. Formed in the winter of 2017, the group strives to create an aural dialogue regarding the tradition of improvised music. Through the analysis of the hierarchies and narratives of the piano trio and improvised music at large, the group provides a dynamic insight into the minds of three of Chicago's most promising young improvisers. 

See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival. 

Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Adam Shead

Adam Shead, who holds a BM in Percussion Performance from Columbia College Chicago, Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies, and MM in Improvisation from The University of Michigan, specializes in interdisciplinary performance, composition, and improvisation. Adam has performed at renowned music festivals such as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Kerrytown Concert House’s Edgefest, and The Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam. Adam has performed alongside such musicians as Mary Oliver, Andrew Drury, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Steve Swell, Tim Daisy, Josh Berman, Dave Rempis, Jason Stein, Anna Webber, and John Hollenbeck. Shead is the founder of such groups as Dikeman/Stadhouders/Piazza/Shead, The Adiaphora Orchestra, Dod Kalm, CIME, Adam Shead Octet, and Adam Shead’s Tradition Talks. Shead currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he is an active performer and collaborator in the Chicago improvised music community. Shead sits on the board of directors at Slate Arts and Performance and is the curator of the bi-weekly Impro Jam Series at Slate Arts.

Matt Piet

Matt Piet is an improvising pianist, composer, and music director. Matt was born and raised in suburban Chicago, began his studies as a pianist and vocalist at age ten, and was a proficient classical pianist and accompanist by his early teens. Piet set aside his classical studies to focus on jazz, improvisation, and composition during his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Piet returned to Chicago in 2014, and has since been an active participant in Chicago's rich jazz and improvised music scene. In addition to playing many ad hoc improvised performances as a leader and a sideman, he has three working trios: Four Letter Words, Matt Piet Trio, and the trio Rempis/Piet/Daisy. In 2018 he released two highly praised recordings on Clean Feed Records and Astral Spirits Records, with a forthcoming release, City In A Garden, to be released June 15th, 2018 on ears&eyes Records. In addition to performing regularly as an improviser, Piet works actively as a teacher, Music Director, and accompanist throughout the Chicagoland area.

Tony Piazza

Tony Piazza holds a BA in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago and is a long time collaborator with drummer Adam Shead, performing alongside him at the Chicago Jazz Festival as well as in such groups as Dod Kalm, the Columbia Improvised Music Ensemble, the Adam Shead String Quartet, and Dikeman/Stadhouders/Piazza/Shead. Tony has also performed alongside such musicians as Josh Berman, Dustin Laurenzi, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Dave Rempis, Benny Green, Dave Douglas, and Mykelle Deville.