Tony Barba-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, & electronics,
Devin Drobka-drums and electronics,
Tony Barba’s new quartet will feature local frequent collaborators John Christensen (Madison) on bass and Devin Drobka (Milwaukee) on drums, plus the addition of Matt Gold on guitar from Chicago. Matt has performed with many notable Chicago jazz musicians including Greg Ward and Makaya McCraven, plus is a co-leader of the duo Sun Speak.
The music being performed has the distinction of all being written since the first of this year with the intention of being performed by this particular group of musicians, which sets up a unique and singular aesthetic. The new compositions are still in the realm of “jazz,” considering the instrumentation of the band and the heavy reliance on improvisation, but the music is also very much informed by Barba’s various influences, including ambient and world music, electronica and pop.