Grant Wallace Band is a trio of composer-performers weaving a diaphanous sound from threads of new music, modern jazz, and old-time folk styles. Composing through a uniquely collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice/mandolin), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Luke Gullickson (piano/guitar) also draw inspiration from outsider artists including the band’s namesake. The New York Times described the group’s unique sound as “spidery original bluegrass,” and Time Out Chicago opined, “we love the weird, rhythmically complex landscape of proto-bluegrass [GWB] have created.” 2015 saw the release of the band’s debut album Axle of the World (with Rabbit) and EP Four Songs, both on the Two Labyrinths label. In 2014 GWB wrote and performed a maritime mini-musical, Fo’c’s’le, with members of Ensemble Dal Niente. They are currently at work on a dramatic song cycle in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera.
Free show, music at 9pm.