On Wednesday February 26, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcome the trio of also saxophonist Yves Charuest, bassist Lisle Ellis, and drummer Peter Valsamis to the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd, for a set of free jazz.

A working band putting the finishing touches on the debut album, this trio began playing together in the late 1980s in Montreal. Over the years, they have developed a distinct and personal collective musical language. Drawing inspiration from jazz and avant-garde music, the trio’s measured pace brings space and clarity to their ideas and interaction, shifting between traditional jazz and extended techniques.

They have individually performed with artists including Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Dave Douglas, Joe McPhee, Marco Eneidi, and members of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Their repertoire includes creative reimaginings of compositions by masters including Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, as well as free improvisation.   

Soundwaves is a concert series featuring composers and performers who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

Submitted by Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian

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