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Performances: QuaQuaQua, Jeff Cosgrove Trio, Noelle Tolbert

Friday January 27th, 8pm
$10 suggested donation

QuaQuaQua (Baltimore/New York) revels in the grey area between contemporary music and absurdist theater. A trio made up of classically-trained percussionists, QuaQuaQua set out in 2015 to devote their well-honed skills to find and continually stumble back and forth over the fuzzy boundary separating these two performance disciplines. Part gesture, part performance art, part electroacoustic music, but all amusing. Pieces by Mark Applebaum, François Sarhan, Thierry de Mey, and Alexander Schubert.
QuaQuaQua is Terry Sweeney (Sandbox Percussion), Adam Rosenblatt (Ictus Ensemble), and Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan.

Jeff Cosgrove Trio (Jeff Cosgrove - Drums, Mark Lysher - Bass, Kurtis Adams - Sax)
Praised for his “open-time creativity and melodic sense” (Gapplegate Music Reviews), drummer Jeff Cosgrove has pursued a unique improvisational path with varied ensembles, including a trio with Matthew Shipp and William Parker (Alternating Current), another with Frank Kimbrough and Martin Wind (Conversations with Owls), and a quartet playing repertory by the late Paul Motian (Motian Sickness). While Cosgrove has ample experience playing beat-driven music with strict time, he is drawn toward abstraction in his own work, summoning colors and textures on the drum kit, listening deeply to his colleagues as the music flows and evolves. As The Washington Post put it: “Cosgrove’s drumming doesn’t provide the music with an engine so much as a lighthouse.” According to the Frederick News-Post, “Cosgrove reaches so far beyond the parameters of mere beats and time signatures and groove that calling him a drummer is barely the beginning.”

Noelle Tolbert (Balt) - Hailing from Philly, Noelle has blossomed her artistic journey in Baltimore and has become a ruby inside of this small city. Noelle is a movement explorer with an ongoing practice spanning hip-hop, popping, house, modern, ballet, and movement research technique. Her evolving practice is fed by poetry, improvisational writing, and performance art.