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Members of Snark Horse playing at The Stone, from L to R: Mary Halvorson, Matt Mitchell, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, and Kate Gentile. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Co-led by drummer Kate Gentile and pianist Matt Mitchell, the band Snark Horse features a rotating cast of characters assembled to improvise on 1-measure compositions. With these small seeds, Mitchell, Gentile, and company grow vast gardens of sound—simple fragments morphing into grand vistas and back into a completely different fragment. While this notion of process music may call to mind the mechanistic works of composers like Steve Reich and Gyorgi Ligeti, the music of Snark Horse is more elusive and surreal. It follows a logic that makes sense in the moment, but leads to unimagined destinations.

This Friday, April 27, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome Snark Horse to our stage. For this performance, Gentile and Mitchell will be joined saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trombonist Ben Gerstein, and violist Mat Maneri. Before coming out to discover what wormholes the group will travel through next, check out Snark Horse’s debut album, recorded at Korzo in 2015.

Snark Horse plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, April 27, 2018. The group features Kate Gentile on drums, Matt Mitchell on piano/electronics, Jon Irabagon on woodwinds, Ben Gerstein on trombone, and Mat Maneri on viola. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.