Music for Bowlers
Jacob Koller's 'Music For Bowlers' is anything but another jazz piano trio. Splicing three vastly different musical experiences with a common purpose, the group successfully challenges the limits of this traditional instrumentation. With a classic trio synchronicity, they come together like an ensemble with years of playing, writing, and touring under their belts. Koller's compositions are all over the map with regards to their genre. Yet, like Akira Kurosawa's film 'Dreams', all have a distinct and identifiable characteristic that ties them together into an intricately woven rug. Shorter pieces like 'Knit to Own' and 'New Goods' have a distinct setting and reveal the nuances of a particular scene from a multi-dimensional photograph. While 'Qing' and 'Gig for Gag' are epic adventures into unexplored territories that will keep you engaged for the turn of every corner. Even riddled with complex time signatures and unexpected metric modulations, a piece like 'Nello' feels so natural that you will want to get up and dance. A very special quality to the music is it's appeal to a wide audience. Traditional jazz-heads are intrigued by the beautiful harmonic complexity and the spontaneous improvisations. Younger rock fans are mesmerized by the band's ability to make torturous rhythmic grooves sound fluid and raw. Others appreciate the lyrical melodies and the overall feelings evoked within each piece. Although this music is extremely difficult to place in a single category, one thing is certain, 'Music For Bowlers' is for anyone and everyone. Biographies Jacob Koller (piano) A Phoenix native, Jacob began playing piano at age 4. At age 5 he gave his first recital and before entering high school had won over 10 classical piano competitions including the Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition. At age 14 he discovered his true passion of improvisation and composition when he joined his high school jazz band. Due to his natural musical ability and proficient technique he picked up on jazz very rapidly and within one year was performing all over the Phoenix area with Arizona's top jazz musicians including Dennis Roland and Jesse McGuire. He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship where he studied classical piano with Reyna Aschaffenberg and jazz piano with Chuck Mahronic. He has studied privately with Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Phil Strange, Uri Caine and Angie Sanchez. He also attended The School for Improvised Music in Manhattan, The Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and The Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Canada all on a full tuition scholarship. In 2007 Jacob was selected as one of 5 finalists from all over the United States in the prestigious Cole Porter Jazz Piano Fellowship. He was also rewarded for his compositions in the "Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Contest" in 2000. Professionally he has toured, recorded and performed all over the world with musicians like Tony Malaby, Terence Blanchard, Mark Dresser, Brian Allen, Kohji Fujika, Coppe, DJ Kensei, Martin Denny, Ricky Woodard and Abe Lagrimas. Chris Finet (bass) Chris is a native of Phoenix, Arizona where he began studying the double bass at age 16. He received his bachelor's degree from Nothern Arizona University where he studied with bassist Joel DiBartolo. While in Arizona, he had the opportunity to perform in a variety of musical situations including a position in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra as well as freelancing as both a jazz and classical musician. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform with the area's top musicians as well as international artists such as Doc Severinson, John Tchicai, Bobby McFerrin, Ernie Watts, and others. After graduating from NAU, Chris received a scholarship to continue his studies at the Manhattan School of Music where he is currently pursuing a master's degree studying with Orin O'Brien of the New York Philharmonic. Recent engagements include work with Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, and the Chelsea Symphony among many fine musicians in the New York area. Corey Fogel (drums and percussion) Corey Fogel is a drummer residing in Oakland, CA. He has a bachelor's in jazz performance from Arizona State University. During this time Corey worked extensively with Jacob on new compositions and improvisations. They quickly developed a synergy that continues to this day. In 2004 Corey graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Media/Music degree from California Institute of the Arts. He has collaborated with Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, Sara Roberts, Willie Winant, Tom Leeser, Nick Didkovsky, Vinny Golia and John Oswald. He currently plays drums with Ezra Buchla, Anni Rossi, Andre Vida and with bands The Mae Shi, Briankiller and Back Ted N-Ted. He has recorded with The Gowns, Treasure Mammal, Carla Bozulich, The Mountain Goats, Whitman and Bob Bruno.