Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift Quartet
Sat · August 12, 2017
9:00 pmThe Dunsmore Room at Crooners
The 2016 MOBO Award Nominee for Best Jazz Act, Michael Janisch, has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary jazz, improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a virtuosic electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, session musician and record label owner. His current cross-genre project as composer and bassist, Paradigm Shift – a six piece band which ambitiously combines electro-acoustic, contemporary jazz, free improvisation, future-funk, multi-metered groove, punk and electronica – has seen the release of the eponymous, far-reaching double album on Whirlwind Recordings, garner ing airplay on BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson Worldwide, JazzFM, NPR and WDR Radio, and continues to prompt glowing responses from the music industry and fans alike as one of the most exciting live jazz shows in Europe.http://croonersloungemn.ticketfly.com/event/1537070/
His current cross-genre project as composer and bassist, Paradigm Shift – which ambitiously combines electro-acoustic, contemporary jazz, free improvisation, future-funk, multi-metered groove, punk and electronica – has seen the release of the eponymous, farreaching double album (Whirlwind). This worldclass sextet lineup of Paul Booth (reeds), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Leonardo Genovese (keys), Colin Stranahan (drums) and Alex Bonney (electronics/effects) has garnered airplay on BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson Worldwide, JazzFM, BBC Jazz Line UP, NPR, WGBO and WDR Radio, and continues to prompt glowing responses from the music industry and fans alike.
As a bassist he’s known for his versatility, full-toned sounds and passion for playing time and groove with authenticity and dedication, no matter the context. A keen improviser, he has been described as “virtuosic and emphatic” (The Guardian) and Bass Musician Magazine asserts “Janisch is one of the few bass players out there who plays both electric and upright with equal facility, passion and musicality.”
As a composer and bandleader Janisch has released five critically-acclaimed albums to date: The TransAtlantic Collective’s Traveling Song (co-led with Patrick Cornelius) in 2008, Purpose Built (debut solo album) in 2010, Banned in London (co-led with Aruan Ortiz) in 2013, and First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1 (co-led with Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer & Jeff Williams) in 2014. His debut solo album Purpose Built established his international reputation as one of the premier bassist/bandleaders/composers working in contemporary improvised music, and drew together his surefooted bass work (both double and electric), original compositions, and arranging skills along with some characteristically strong performances from a group comprised of prominent musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, including Jim Hart, Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Jason Palmer, Paul Booth, Aaron Goldberg, Phil Robson and Johnathan Blake. JazzTimes Magazine called it “the complete package” while Jazz Journal noted it was a “perfect blend of tradition and modernity” and was received with high critical acclaim by fans, press, musicians and fellow bassists, while making a number of ‘Best of the Year’ critics’ lists.
Purpose Built was also the impetus for the creation of Janisch’s new record label, Whirlwind Recordings which made an immediate impact on both sides of the Atlantic. Described as “The new label of the moment, releasing a diverse cross section of excellent music.” (BBC Radio 2) and “One of Europe’s busiest and most creative independent labels.” (The Irish Times), Whirlwind has been featured as a label in Jazz Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Thing and Record Collector magazines as well as The New York City Jazz Record.
Since the formation of Whirlwind in January of 2010, Michael has become an indemand producer with over 90 credited sessions to date. As a seasoned performer, session musician, composer and arranger, bandleader and record label owner who understands both the artistic and business elements of releasing music in today’s world, he has become a sought after producer for bringing a unique set of skills to any project. London Jazz states: “Contributions like Janisch’s – both as bassist and as producer – to the musical life of our great city are beyond price.”
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area's top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. He performs in a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio.
Harris has toured as leader and sideman throughout the US and UK, including a 2016 run with Zacc Harris Group at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Jazz Improv Magazine says, "Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear...providing rich-sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos" while Cadence Magazine calls some of Harris' work on Atlantis Quartet's most recent album "worthy of John McLaughlin." MPR News states, "Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive."
In 2012, Harris released his first album as leader, THE GARDEN, on Shifting Paradigm Records. City Pages writer Rick Mason says, "The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny." The American Composers Forum chose Harris for one of its three Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards in 2016, to write and record a second album with this group in 2017.
Zacc is also a busy sideman, having performed and recorded with countless artists, including Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Babatunde Lea, Eric Gravatt, Ben Wendel, Michael Janisch, and Nancy Harms. Currently, he plays with Jt Bates' Grain Trio, Lars Larson's Mancrush, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, and Adam Meckler Quintet.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Zacc has studied privately with Adam Rogers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Miles Okazaki, and Fareed Haque. Zacc has taught privately for the past 18 years and is currently adjunct faculty in the music department at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and Carleton College in Northfield, MN.
2017 City Pages Best Jazz Artist
2016 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award
2015 McKnight Fellowship For Performing Musicians (Atlantis Quartet)
2011 City Pages Best Jazz Artist (Atlantis Quartet)
From 2001 on, he has worked steadily as a dedicated drumset/percussion instructor teaching up to 50 private students per week. Peter has also been featured as a guest clinician at UMD, UW Superior and McNallySmith College of Music. Currently teaches at Schmitt Music and Mount Olivet School of Music.
As a composer he’s had original compositions featured on 89.3 The CURRENT, 88.5 KBEM, and 90.3 KFAI. He also received the Minnesota Emerging Composers Award (MECA) from the American Composers Forum in 2010.
Since 2010 he has performed at several european festivals and venues including, the Sons d’hiver festival in Paris, the Atlantique Jazz festival and the Pannonica Jazz festival in northern France. In 2011 he received the Twin Cities Best Jazz Award with The Atlantis Quartet. Peter composes for and performs regularly with such groups as The Atlantis Quartet, The Fantastic Merlins, The Park Evans Quartet, The Zacc Harris Trio and The Vital Organ Trio (featuring Katie Gearty) Over the past 13 years Peter has performed with many groups and artists, including: Sheila Ray Charles (Daughter of R&B legend, Ray Charles), Tony Hymas, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ben Wendel, Kirk Knuffke, Douglas Ewart, Eric Fratzke, Dayrl Holter, Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan, Imani Uzuri, Patty Peterson, Estaire Godinez, Peter Ostroushko, Tina Schlieske, Todd Clouser, Nick Hensley, Sam Kuusisto, The Adam Meckler Orchestra, The Bill Simonson Big Band, The Horn Heads, The Dolly’s, Crankshaft (a.k.a. Alex Larson), Liminal Phase, The New Primitives, Andra Suchy, Billy Johnsons Road Show, and many others.
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432