The Edmonton, Alberta-based Modo Trio will make its 482 Music debut with the September 19th release of The Uninvited
(482-1049), featuring special guest, New York multi-instrumentalist/producer Jamie Saft.
Inspired by the aural landscapes of rave culture, but grounded in the traditions of jazz and creative improvisation, the group builds an inclusive, electro-acoustic sound through the collective efforts of Craig Brenan (trombone augmented by a five-voice harmonizer and looping device), Jeff Johnson (acoustic and electric basses) and Bill George (drums). Saft (piano, Rhodes, mini Moog and guitar), who produced The Uninvited and plays on all 10 tracks, plans to tour with the group in the coming months.
Jeff and I bring in structures for tunes, which we then work on as a group," explains Brenan, the group's co-founder and a 2002 Alberta Arts Council Artist of the Future Award winner. None of the compositions have changes or chord suggestions -- the music has form, melody and usually a bass line, but the rest is freely improvised. We never discuss key, tempo, time feel or groove before we play."
I contacted Jamie," Brenan continues, because every album that I love seems to have him involved in some way. We met for the first time at the Banff Centre (host of the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop run by Dave Douglas) and started recording on the same day. Jamie helped us take our music to the next level -- listening more, composing and perfoming better and creating a high-quality recording."
Modo Trio was founded in 1999 by Brenan and Johnson to explore their mutual interest in African and Spanish music, as well as the Drum 'n' Bass music that was reaching Canada at that time. The group solidified its current line-up when George joined the group in 2003, and has continued to evolve its approach, bringing inspirations such as dub music into its already eclectic sound.
Defined by Brenan's rare use of harmonizers and loops to augment the sound of his acoustic trombone, Modo Trio has been called a fascinating mix of exotic contemporary grooves and improvisation" (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal), toured across its native Canada and appeared on Canadian television. Prior to The Uninvited, the group self released two recordings, including 2005's You Are Being Probed, which received extensive airplay on Canadian radio.
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