Open-minded: it’s the best way to describe the musical sensibilities of Josh Miller, Brian Raine, and Andreas Wegner. Melding head-bobbing grooves with the improvisational spirit of jazz, Mars Hill Trio draws from a deep well of collective influence, including the music of Pat Metheny, Charlie Hunter, and The Meters. The band’s amalgam of jazz, funk, and sonic exploration is presented in a collection of original compositions and clever arrangements that reveals a level of musical maturity well beyond their years. Recorded with Juno-nominated drummer and producer Sandro Dominelli, the trio’s soon to be released EP Bombadillo showcases Miller’s strong compositional sense alongside the band’s flair for dynamic interaction. With a sound all its own, Mars Hill Trio is a welcome addition to Edmonton’s vibrant jazz community.
‘Sketches of Eternity’ is a contemporary jazz quartet formed in February 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta. The quartet is led by Andrew Reid, winner of the 2011 ESO Young Composer Project, and is comprised of music students from Grant MacEwan University. The quartet features members who have had years of performance experience including playing at festivals such as Rock Fest, YC Belize and Break Forth Canada for thousands of audience members. Although primarily rooted in jazz, ‘Sketches of Eternity’ aims to break down the barriers of what jazz is commonly perceived to be by exploring all areas of music and incorporating elements from pop, rock and classical music into their abundance of unique original material.