MATRA Album Release with Jelloslave and Zack Baltich

The Cedar Presents

MATRA Album Release with Jelloslave and Zack Baltich

Fri, May 26, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$15 Advance / $18 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Releasing its first full-length, self-titled album, Matra has created an amalgamation of bold percussive works with palpable global roots. In works like Room 57 and Meterhey, Matra harnesses the ensemble's Hindustani music influence through slow, smoky melodic builds, powerful disjunct melodies, and sounds of imitated taxi horns from Mumbai. 10am is rooted in a bluegrass-style backbeat, Zousan layers complex, interlocking time over a simple Japanese children’s song, and D5 is a powerful composition eliciting a compelling marimba cadenza and dynamic tabla solo. The album finishes with Until We Get There, a piece that creates a unifying and dynamic closing track.

Matra is a percussion-based ensemble from the Twin Cities that finds influences in a wide variety of global genres and classical influences. Matra consists of Andres Crovetti on Vibraphone, Jenny Klukken on Marimba, Ryan Hays on bass, Mathew Solace on drum set, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla. Matra's notable performances include events for Minnesota Public Radio's Pop-up Classical, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, MacPhail Center for Music events, touring Minnesota as MPR Class Notes Artists, a residency at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown St. Paul, and last year’s preview of original works at the Southern Theater, entitled Matra: Eastern and Western at the Southern. Matra will be touring this Spring across the midwest for the release of its self-titled album of original works.
Jelloslave, a new music quartet comprised of 2 cellos, tablas and drums, is committed to creating original music, weaving cellos and drums in a multi-genre, cross-cultural and rhythmic fabric. The collective diversity of our individual influences fuels the Jelloslave sound, which draws from the European classical tradition reflected in the cellos, the Hindustani classical rhythms of the tablas, and a continuum of international drumming styles. Underlying our unique voice and vision as an ensemble, is a musical philosophy rooted in the commitment to the evolving role and sonic possibilities of our relatively ancient and culturally specific instruments. What sets Jelloslave apart from other ensembles fusing multi-cultural elements, is our unique instrumentation, our unexpected arrangements, and the organic fluency with which we merge our foundational training with modern extended techniques. Our collaboration provides a rare opportunity to combine our classical foundation with sonic experimentation and outstanding grooves, resulting in an extraordinary and compelling soundscape. Jelloslave’s signature instrumentation and influences is the palette that provides the context and color with which we create our original compositions and interpret the works of others. In addition to the compositions of cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, Jelloslave’s eclectic repertoire includes works by JS Bach, Manuel de Falla, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, songs by George Harrison, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin. After 10 years, Jelloslave has developed a confident, distinct and dynamic voice. We have self-produced two full-length recordings, Touch It (2003) and Purple Orange (2010), to critical acclaim, and have performed at all of the major local venues and festivals.
Zack Baltich
Composer/percussionist Zack Baltich is interested in blending the world of experimental music with more familiar sounds. By combining years of playing in rock bands and the study of classical percussion, he often finds this intersection by placing these styles in context with one another. Zack has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, The Cedar Cultural Center, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Zach will be joined by bass clarinetist Carley Olson (Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, BB5 woodwind group) and drummer Reese Kling (Ar. Birn, Jessica Manning, Greyshot) to perform ingress/passage, a piece that weaves in and out of textural and genre exploration to create unique long-form music.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
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