Luke Schwartz Trio, featuring Stephan Crump and Kenny Wollesen
Luke Schwartz - guitar
Stephan Crump - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums
Luke Schwartz is a composer and guitarist based in New York City. He has been recognized as "Best Guitarist" by Reindeer Records (regional; Portland,
ME/Central Florida); composition awards include multiple recognitions from ASCAP, in addition to New Music Forum (San Francisco) and Queens Council of the Arts (New York). Schwartz is an active composer of music for film, media, and the concert hall. As the founder of the Quiet City Ensemble—a NYC based experimental string/percussion ensemble—his work has explored the cross genre relationship between determinate and improvised music. Schwartz has worked with a number of renowned musicians, including Jeff Berlin, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Jim McNeely, Kenny Wollesen, and Glenn Branca. Bills have been shared with artists as diverse as Leni Stern, Ron Anderson, Nels Cline and Cyro Baptista. He is currently a member The Glenn Branca Ensemble, in addition to the NYC based groups Quiet City Ensemble, Hive Trio and FYRN, a bowed electric guitar ensemble led by composer/guitarist Geoff Gersh. Additionally, Schwartz leads his own trio, presenting his own compositions amongst unique arrangements of selections that run the gamut from traditional American roots music to contemporary sub-genres of jazz, classical and experimental music.
Grammy-nominated, Memphis-bred bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As collaborator with mainstream jazz luminaries, downtown explorers, singer/songwriters and others, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, he is emerging as a singular voice.
Shunning barriers of musical genre, Stephan has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of musicians- from Motown legends Ashford and Simpson to Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Mahavishnu Project, Big Ass Truck, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Greg Osby, Kenny Werner, Bobby Previte, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland.
Currently, Stephan can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Jen Chapin Trio, and his own Rosetta Trio.
Percussionist Kenny Wolleson performed on over 30 recordings during the 1990s and, as the decade progressed, gained increasing renown as a musician of astonishing versatility, skill, and ingenuity. He has recorded and toured with all kinds of musicians, from Tom Waits (Wolleson performs on Waits' 1993 collaboration with William S. Burroughs, Black Rider), to Sean Lennon, to Ron Sexsmith (Wolleson performs on his second album, Other Songs). A founding member of the New Klezmer Trio, Wolleson is also all over N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz and avant-garde musicians' recordings, and has been so active as to tour with Bill Frisell and Myra Melford in the same month.