Saturday December 4th, 2021
The Harry Tonchev Trio
Harry Tonchev: guitar
John Sutton: bassist
Tommaso Moretti : drummer
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
#244 Lake Street
Oak Park, Il.
This performance begins the Winter Sessions in the Studio series! These sessions are intimate, no more than 20 people. Donation based, pay what you can. BYOB, some light refreshments will be provided.
Harry Tonchev is a Bulgarian-American jazz guitarist who currently lives and performs in the Chicago and central Illinois area. He holds a B.A. in music performance from University of Central Oklahoma, B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Oklahoma and M.S. in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. While living in Oklahoma, Harry has performed with Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, OKC Lyric Theatre, Brian Gorrell and the Jazz Company, and many other jazz and rock groups. As time permits, Harry enjoys the company of his wife and two kids, going to jazz jam sessions and further developing his improvisational music skills.
John Sutton is a bassist/composer and educator based in Chicago. His playing and writing reflect his belief in the power of simplicity and humor. Over the past 5 years, John has composed for over 15 feature length and short films as well as theme music for multiple web series and commercial projects. He has released four original film scores as albums and was featured as a soloist and composer on the 2020 album Boffo by NYC based saxophone trio The Vine Street Alternative. John has been featured on recent releases by Ryley Walker and Mikel Patrick Avery, he can also be heard on Tammy McCann’s 2014 release Love Songs (featuring Laurence Hobgood), as well as two studio albums with Rana Santacruz. He has performed at prestigious venues such as The Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. He is the creator of the web series Bass Solo: a comedy show about what it means to be a musician in today’s world.
Tommaso Moretti is a drummer, composer, educator born and raised in Italy where he began to play drums at the age of 10. His musical career started when he moved to Rome and became part of the city’s vibrant music scene. Between 2004 and 2013 he released albums and toured internationally with 4 different bands: Thrangh , an avant/rock quartet, Tribraco a punk/jazz trio , The Orange Man Theory a noise-core combo and Underdog an indie jazz rock/world music ensemble. Busy as a musician and music educator in Italy he also cultivated international collaborations in Chicago (where he founded the math/rock band Tasty Gasoline and become part of Ben Lamar Gay’s project Tones for Tales) and in London where he joined (with Tribraco) the “Match and Fuse” project (a European network of experimental musicians and bands promotion). In late 2013 he relocates to Chicago where he is now freelancing as a jazz drummer and educator. He is also artistically involved with several local projects spanning from jazz , avant-garde, rock, and Brazilian music. In 2017 with the band Bottle Tree he released a record on International Anthem record label. In December 2017 he released his first album as a leader with a Chicago based quartet featuring Matt Piet, Ben Lamar Gay and Devin Foster on Amalgam record label. Between 2018 and 2019 he performed in different festivals in Europe, Brazil and United States with Ben Lamar Gay quartet. Between many others he frequently collaborates and experienced playing with musicians such as: Rob Frye, Renè Baker, Pharez Whitted, Matt Gold, Macie Stewart, Ernest Dawkins, Kevin and Hell, Greg Ward, Jake Wark, Aaron M Frison (Coultrain), Jaime Branch, Moacyr Marchini, Eric Hines.