Trepanning Trio @ 1Way!

blaze_slide8This month at the 1Way (Tuesday, October 27, 2014): 9pm – Henry/Kodramaz/Laughlin/Volenik/ Wenninger Quintet, 10pm – Trepanning Trio.

Henry/Kodramaz/Laughlin/Volenik/ Wenninger Quintet is: Alex Henry – sax, Rick Kodramaz – bass, J Guy Laughlin – drums, Don Volenik – trumpet, Dan Wenninger – sax.

This takes place at the Go Factory. 1935 W. 96th off of Madison. 3rd floor. Park in the fenced in parking lot and use the door closest to the street. $5 suggested donation (if you are short on cash throw in what you can or get us next time, if you really like the music and want to throw in more that’s always welcome). Doors open at 8:30pm. Music starts at 9pm.

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Akron Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, October 18, 2014

minimakefaireTrepanning Trio will be performing at Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Akron Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Akron Mini Maker Faire is a FREE family-friendly event to make, create, invent, learn, craft, recycle, think, and play, presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Maker Media. It will inspire you with arts, crafts, science, technology, engineering, and innovation.  Your admission is free.

Akron Mini Maker Faire builds on the rich tradition of innovation which made Akron “The Rubber Capital of the World,” and continues today with leading polymer, medical device, and communications technologies.

The excitement of the Akron Mini Maker Faire is both the focus on home-grown technology and the diversity of both the exhibitors (called Makers) and attendees. We welcome tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors who enjoy learning and who love to share what they can do.

Primarily forward-looking, showcasing new and innovative uses of technologies, Akron Mini Maker Faire will feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, and craft.

Become a part of the Akron Mini Maker Faire experience.

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Kills to Kisses (NYC) | Trepanning Trio (CLE) at Survival Kit – Friday, October 17, 2014

survivalkitKILLS TO KISSES is the solo electronic art- rock project of Australian bassist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and DJ Lisa Dowling. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and will be releasing her debut full length album in 2015.

More about Kills to Kisses:

Praised as “Bjork-like” and “innovative” by the New York Times, Lisa Dowling has had her ears and fingers in the post-classical, post-rock, post-post world of sound since she graduated from music school. Wanting to give her beloved instrument a fresh voice, she created kills to kisses to showcase the unique and surprising capabilities of an instrument that is usually not recognized for its virtuosity. Her music is bass-centric, but not in the ways you would expect; luscious, pulsating melodies soar over funky bass riffs and electronic drones creating a “brusquely subtle or exquisitely dense” (Inanna Naked) cinematic language that will beg of your hips. Her mastery of looping technology, “delicate, pure voice” (Woodstock Times), and serious chops create a veritable tour-de-force that is a breath of fresh air. Kills to kisses has been presented at the Berkshire Fringe Festival, the Contagious Sounds Series and regularly performs in and around NYC.

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Trepanning Trio @ LKWD Music Fest!


Trepanning Trio will be performing at LKWD Music Festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014!  LKWD Music Fest will feature 30 bands, on 3 stages, food trucks, vendors and will be headlined by hip-hip legend and Wu-Tang Clan co-founder, The GZA!  Presented by Mahall’s 20 Lanes, the festival will take place at 13200 block of Madison Avenue from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. August 23.  Trepanning Trio will be opening the indoor stage at 2:00 p.m.

LINEUP: GZA / The Coup / Fiscal Spliff Band / Djapo Djembe Orchestra + Dancers / The Floorwalkers / Cotton Jones / Nomads / Nights / Commonwealth / Fake Species / The Soil & The Sun / Captain Kidd / DEERPEOPLE / The Admirables / Shivering Timbers / Trepanning Trio / Ma Holos /Joe Penzvalto / Brujas Del Sol / ITEM / Worthless / Leroi Da Moor / LMNTL / Ottawa / Jivviden / Matt Moore / Pinch & Squeal / Genevieve Gilbert

Trepanning Trio will be represented by the following musicians at this event:

Brad Bolton: Acoustic guitar, ukulele, baster, animal calls, bird calls, Pigglesworth, hillbilly hang, desk bell, chimes, voice
Chris Auerbach-Brown: Alto Saxophone, Saw, Melodica, throat singing, voice
David Mansbach: Double bass, zhongruan, acoustic guitar, harmonica, voice
Geoff Peterson: Drums, Melodica
Jeff Schuler: Violin and mandolin
Joel Elvery: Mandolin, kalimba, saw blades, snare
Kathryn Metz: Flute, pan tree, melodica, voice
Tom Lempner: Soprano, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, flute, voice

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Trepanning Trio @ Visible Voice Books

317979_10150805178301642_827335690_nTrepanning Trio will be performing in the garden courtyard at Visible Voice Books, Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 7:00 – 10:00.   The courtyard is a unique outdoor space with a European feel in an urban setting. Relax and sip a glass of wine or beer while perusing fabulous books or magazines while we drill pretty music into your skull.

Trepanning Trio will be represented by the following musicians at this FREE performance:

Chris Auerbach-Brown: Alto Saxophone, Saw, Melodica, throat singing, voice
David Mansbach: Double bass, zhongruan, acoustic guitar, pan tree, harmonica, voice
Jeff Schuler: Violin and mandolin
Joel Elvery: Mandolin, kalimba, saw blades, snare
Kathryn Metz: Flute, pan tree, melodica, voice
Kris Morron: Trombone, guzheng, accordion, voice
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, Hang, glockenspiel, banjo, piano, toy piano, Klangenspiel

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Trepanning Trio @ Larchmere PorchFest!

Porchfest_2011Trepanning Trio has been invited to play at the 6th annual Larchmere PorchFest on Saturday, June 21, 2014. For this one-day event, 30 Larchmere neighborhood porches will transform into stages for musical performances from local musicians. The FREE event runs from 1:00pm to 10:00pm.  Trepanning Trio is playing from 4:15 – 5:00 PM at 2490 E. 124th, Cleveland OH 44120.  Join the event on facebook.

Trepanning Trio will be represented by the following musicians at this event:

Chris Auerbach-Brown: Alto Saxophone, Saw, Melodica, throat singing, voice
David Mansbach: Double bass, zhongruan, acoustic guitar, pan tree, harmonica, voice
Geoff Peterson: Drums, Melodica
Joel Elvery: Mandolin, kalimba, saw blades, snare
Kathryn Metz: Flute, pan tree, melodica, voice
Kris Morron: Trombone, guzheng, accordion, voice
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, Hang, glockenspiel, banjo, piano, toy piano, Klangenspiel

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Trepanning Trio with BONESHAKER and Baekdudaegan @ Guide To Kulchur

Trepanning Trio will be playing a free improv set at Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art, and News (1386 W65, Cleveland, Ohio 44102) with BONESHAKER and Baekdudaegan (Bbob Drake/Alex Henry/J Guy Laughlin) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

What is Boneshaker? (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler)
Three prolific powerhouse musicians, carrying among them a Grammy nomination and decades of experience with the top ensembles in the world.

About the artists:


Norwegian phenom Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself over the last decade as one of the most important voices in improvised music from his generation. A powerful drummer of unbounded energy, he shows an ongoing ability to break physical and musical boundaries on his continual hunt for new collaborations and experiences. Currently, Nilssen-Love is active with musicians such as Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, Sten Sandell, Otomo Yoshihide and Frode Gjerstad. Some of the world-renowned groups he performs with include The Thing, Atomic, Brotzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love, and TheVandermark/Nilssen-Love Duo


Kent Kessler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, grew up mostly in Chicago. After seeing the Montreaux Festival on television in 1970 he became interested in jazz. Kent studied musique concrete at Chicago Musical College in the period from 1977-1983, playing in various punk rock and free-improv groups in Chicago and taking time off to wander in Brazil. Kessler started concentrating on the double bass, after having played trombone, guitar, electric bass, short-wave radio and various other instruments and non-instruments. He joined the Hal Russell NRG Ensemble in 1985. Kent gained his first international experience when the group went on to record for ECM and tour in Europe. In the 1990′s Kessler became better known as a frequent bandmate of Ken Vandermark. He has kept the trans-Atlantic connection by playing in groups led by Georg Graewe, Peter Brötzmann and Daniele D’Agaro, and performing with many other European improvisors. Kent has a solo CD on Okkadisk, “Bull Fiddle,” and appears on dozens of other recordings.


Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily  between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. Mars has played and or recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, The Mission UK, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Gerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys, MC5, and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.
John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul.

Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene. In recent years he has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, Full Blast, Scorch Trio, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale, teaming him with such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Tim Daisy, Fredric Lonberg Holm, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mike Reed, Jeb Bishop, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Rempis, Kidd Jordan and Matts Gustafson. He performs weekly in Chicago along with Jim Baker, Steve Hunt, and Brian Sandstrom in the improvising quartet “Extraordinary Popular Delusions”. As a bandleader, he continues to perform and record CDs with his own free-jazz groups, the NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, XmarsX, Mars Trio, and The Soul Sonic Sirkus which features improvising musicians and aerial circus performers.

Along with Die Warsau’s Van Christie, Mars has started Ratking Music, a production company focusing on music for film and television.

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Trepanning Trio with the CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA!



Isabel Trautwein, violin
Katherine Bormann, violin
Sonja Molloy, viola
Tanya Ell, cello

They will be performing works by: Bach, Bartok, & the Beatles
It’s a night of SPECTACULAR music! 

The Cleveland Orchestra:

Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Most, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and it’s summer home at Blossom Music Center, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.

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Meet Trepanning Trio’s Newest Member, Geoffrey Peterson!

geoff_record_ playerOriginally from Northeast Ohio, Geoffrey Peterson attended both the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Donald Erb and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in composition in 1997. He is Director of Music and the Fine Arts at John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.

His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Venues include the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Miami, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Penn State University, Temple University, the Philadelphia Music School Settlement, Swarthmore College, the Fleischer Art Memorial, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Beck Center for the Arts, the San Salvatore Church in Prague and Duino Castle in Italy.

Recent works include: A Mighty Handful: Symphonic Portraits of the Russian Five for wind ensemble to be premiered at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2014; Danse Diabolique for orchestra completed in 2009; Homage to Donald Erb performed by renowned French bassoonist Pascal Gallois at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in 2007; Seasons premiered by the award-winning Cavani Quartet in 2007; Three Haiku commissioned by the Beck Center Children’s Choirs and premiered in Lakewood, Ohio in 2007; The Edmund Fitzgerald, a piano concerto, premiered by the Sault Symphony in Ontario, Canada in 2005. His Sonata for Solo Oboe has been performed by the principle oboists of the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. His music is published by Theodore Presser, Tenuto Publications and Cimarron Music Press. He is a member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild.

Listen to Geoffrey’s music here:

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Naked As Needles

needles_coverIn the winter months, we (Trepanning Trio) abandon our “tunes” and embrace the chaos of free-improvisation.  Naked As Needles: Collected Improvisations, Volume 1 is a collection of our favorite excursions into spontaneous music making. You can download the entire collection for free from Infinite Number of Sounds Recording Company.

This recording features performances by:

bbob drake: handmade electronics
Brad Bolton: Mr. Pigglesworth, desk bell, squeak toys, chimes, thunder spring and baster
Carmen Castaldi: Drums and percussion
Chris Auerbach-Brown: Saw and Melodica
David Badagnani: sheng, English horn, fiddle and oboe
David Mansbach: Double Bass, Pan Tree, can and melodica
Jacob Wynne: Trumpet
Jeff Schuler: Violin
Kris Morron: Guzheng
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, glockenspiel, klangenspiel, Hang, percussion
Tatsuya Nakatani: Drums and percussion

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