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Date: Thursday, June 2  |  Time: 9:30pm  |  Stage: Stage 2

Pebble Trio

Through the wood, sinew, skins, metal and fingers, one hears the years of experiential exploration, responsive nuances and
overwhelming power in the Pebble Trio’s joyfully intense playing. They cover a lot of territory in their performances conjuring
epochs and eras, terrains and cultures. Improvised music, composed spontaneously out of the breadth of experiences.

Tim DuRoche (drums)
works regularly with the collective ensemble Battle Hymns & Gardens and The Kin Trio, and has logged in extensive time with an array of US and European avant- garde jazz innovators, including Dominic Duval, Burton Greene, Matana Roberts, Paul Plimley- Lisle Ellis, Wally Shoup, Gust Burns, Bert Wilson, Urs Leimgruber, Jon Raskin, Perry Robinson, Jack Wright, Doug Theriault, Marco Eneidi, Didier Petit, and Frank Gratkowski, among others. Tim is the host of “The New Thing,” a weekly radio jazz radio show on KMHD 89.1 FM and is the author of the book Occasional Jazz Conjectures (Durable Goods).
Andre St. James (bass)
is a cornerstone of the rich, thriving Pacific Northwest jazz scene and works regularly with his own ensemble, Mel Brown, The Kin Trio, Gordon Lee, Renato Caranto, and many others. Over the last three decades, St. James has worked with Sonny Rollins, the Harold Land-Blue Mitchell Quintet, Andrew Hill trio and large bands, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Rouse, Pharoah Sanders, James Moody, Alan Shorter, Nancy King, and George Cables. St. James’ strong sense of lyricism, buoyancy and surging momentum, as well as a deep respect for both tradition and innovation, have taken him to both ends of the jazz spectrum- from torch songs and two-beat to bop and beyond. He has enjoyed freewheeling, open-ended avant-garde combustion-with keepers of the flame like Judy Silvano/Cathi Walkup/Andrea Wolper, Ron Steen, Joe Pass, Kai Winding, Herb Ellis, Greta Matassa, and Houston Person as well as trailblazers like Julius Hemphill, Marty Ehrlich, Eugene Chadbourne, Michael White, India Cooke, Kash Killion, Mal Waldron, and Sun Ra, to name a handful.

Thollem McDonas (Piano)
“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist” (Time Out New York), he travels perpetually as a performer, comproviser, activist and teacher, covering much of the North American continent and Europe. Musical collaborators include: William Parker, Susie Ibarra, Alex Cline, Amy Denio, Faruq Z. Bey, Jad Fair, John Butcher, Gino Robair, Jon Raskin, Henry Kaiser, Scott Amendola, Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Theresa Wong, Vinny Golia, Nels Cline, and Hafez Modirzadeh, among many many others. Thollem’s also created music for films by Martha Colburn, Matthew Barney, and Peter Sparling, among others. “He inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically
and formally.” (Terry Riley)