michael dessen trio

I started this trio in 2003 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 if you like, but I think Glenn Siegel captured the spirit of the band’s concerts well in this post:

“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.”

I’ve released three trio CDs on Clean Feed Records, and in 2018, they’ll also release my next trio album, which features Somewhere In The Upstream, a composition dedicated to my former teacher, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013). It’s a concert-length piece that was supported by a composition commission from the Fromm Foundation and a project award from New Music USA.

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Albums by the Michael Dessen Trio

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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