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).

Glenn Siegel captured the spirit of our concerts in a blog 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.”

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.

I’ve released three trio albums on Clean Feed Records. My latest composition for the trio is titled Somewhere In The Upstream, and is dedicated to my former teacher, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013). It’s a concert-length scorestream that was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation. I received a New Music USA Project Award to support making a recording of that piece, which will be released soon by Clean Feed Records.

Follow the links below to listen or read more, or you can read what the critics say. Thanks for listening.


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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