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  • JULIAN LAGE TRIO March / April 2022
  • JULIAN LAGE TRIO March / April 2022
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JULIAN LAGE TRIO

SQUINT
“Going into this album,” Lage recalls, “my first tactic was just to make positive, beautiful music – a beam of light from three cats who love each other. After the recording didn't happen, I started reflecting on the music’s intent. It was clearer than ever that art and music are platforms to influence and heal and facilitate conversations. It became really important to me to capture a certain sense of emotional complexity to the music, a little fuzziness. This record sits comfortably in the unknown.”

Finding comfort in that tenuous space was also aided by the presence in the studio of two of Lage’s closest compatriots, who served as co-producers: guitarist and longtime collaborator Armand Hirsch and singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy, Lage’s partner in life as well as music. “On one level, the combination of Margaret and Armand is just abundant support,” Lage says. “But I also have such deep respect for what they both bring to the music. They helped make sure that the essential experience was always there, that Squint never became a pursuit to make a good jazz guitar record, but to create music with a clear spiritual pulse.”

That goal has also become more intuitive with the evolution of the trio with Roeder and King. The bassist has been a key member of Lage’s musical family throughout the guitarist’s career, beginning with his 2009 debut, Sounding Point. King, best known as drummer for the irreverent trio The Bad Plus, is a more recent hook-up. The group made its debut with 2019’s Love Hurts, a collection of mostly cover tunes spanning the members’ diverse interests, from Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett to Roy Orbison and Peter Ivers.

Crafted after two years of touring together, Squint reflects the trio’s loose but deeply attuned chemistry while tracing the threads of those wide-ranging influences into new original pieces.

Line Up

Julian Lage, guitar
Jorge Roeder, bass
Dave King, drums

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Tourdates

29.03.2022  tourstart
30.03.2022  NIJMEGEN/Netherlands
31.03.2022  DORTMUND/Germany - Domicil
01.04.2022  ROTTERDAM/Netherlands
02.04.2022  KÖLN/Germany
03.04.2022  UTRECHT/Netherlands
05.04.2022  BASEL/Switzerland
06.04.2022  SINGEN/Germany - Kulturzentrum Gems
17.04.2022  tourend

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