michael dessen trio

I started this trio in 2005 to create music that blends intricate composition, open improvisation and live electronics. I compose the music and perform on trombone and computer, joined by my incredible collaborators Christopher Tordini (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).

This band is all about the live concert: I compose many acoustic and electronic materials, but we bring them to life in a highly open way, making each performance unique. You can read plenty of press we’ve received over the years, but I think the spirit of the band’s concerts is captured well in this post by Glenn Siegel:

“Like standing up straight, listening to long forms in a short form world is good for you…. How invigorating to listen to the slow reveal of sounds and moods delivered by three extraordinary musicians operating on one wavelength…. The music took us through periods of near stasis, where rhythm and melody changed incrementally at low volume, to sections of aggressive, hard swinging funk, to an unruly universe of other-worldly electronic sounds.”

The wonderful Clean Feed Records has released all of my trio albums, including the newest release in 2018 titled Somewhere In The Upstream. This composition is dedicated to my former teacher, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013). It’s a concert-length piece in the form of a “scorestream,” where score notations are displayed on screens for the improvisers to interpret, shifting with each performance. The composition was supported by a commission from the Fromm Foundation and a project award from New Music USA. You can read more in my liner notes and in the Clean Feed Records press release, and stream it on iTunes and Spotify.

Follow the links below for audio and more info, and thanks for listening.


Albums by the Michael Dessen Trio

 
Somewhere In The Upstream
Michael Dessen, trombone/computer
Christopher Tordini, bass
Dan Weiss, drums
Clean Feed Records, 2018
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Resonating AbstractionsResonating Abstractions
Michael Dessen, trombone/computer
Christopher Tordini, bass
Dan Weiss, drums
Clean Feed Records, 2014
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Forget The PixelForget The Pixel
Michael Dessen, trombone/computer
Christopher Tordini, bass
Dan Weiss, drums
Clean Feed Records, 2011
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Between Shadow and Space, by the Michael Dessen Trio. Clean Feed Records, 2008.Between Shadow and Space
Michael Dessen, trombone/computer
Christopher Tordini, bass
Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Clean Feed Records, 2008
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