March 3 First Friday: 3N1

7:30 – 10:30 PM

Free Admission

Russell Schmidt – piano, Dwight Kilian – bass, Rob Moore – drums, Caleb Kilian – visual media

Returning to The Nash for the March First Friday event, 3N1 offers a unique experience in integrated improvisation by combining the creative gifts of the Russell Schmidt Trio with the visual media artistry of Caleb Kilian. In a program featuring songbook standards, jazz classics, original compositions, and free improvisations, 3N1 provides a multi-sensory encounter, with spontaneously crafted visuals projected in interactive collaboration with the live music. Please join us for this very special presentation at The Nash.

About the artists… Pianist/composer/arranger Russell Schmidt has performed with such celebrated jazz musicians as Carl Allen, Eddie Daniels, John Hollenbeck, Gerry Mulligan, Arturo Sandoval, and Clark Terry. He has also served as keyboard soloist with more than 30 professional orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. His most recent recording is the quintet release Anachromysticism, highlighting Russell’s comprehensive efforts as a jazz composer, with eleven original works showcased in two different release formats: CD and vinyl (double-LP). Other projects as a composer/arranger include works written for artists as wide-ranging as saxophonist Michael Brecker, the Ying String Quartet, and Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band. In 2013, Russell had the privilege of performing with the Crescent Super Band as that group premiered his composition Percolate(r) at Carnegie Hall.

Russell is Education Coordinator and Keyboardist for Music Serving the Word Ministries. Additionally, he is Director of the Valley Jazz Cooperative. Previously, he served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah and Bowling Green State University. A student of famed jazz pedagogue Rayburn Wright, he holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Bassist Dwight Kilian has played with an impressive list of prominent jazz artists including Mose Allison, Benny Green, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Art Lande, Herbie Mann, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Printup, and Ernie Watts. He currently leads his own group, Bass Pursuit, and co-leads Bass x 2 + 1 with Vicki McDermitt and Todd Johnson. The latter group recently released its debut recording, entitled Hymns 101. Additionally, for the past decade Dwight has been a member of the Inner Journeys Trio, led by pianist Bob Ravenscroft.

Dwight is the Director of Music for Music Serving the Word Ministries. In this capacity, he develops collaborative opportunities with pastors and worship leaders, and performs as bassist in uniquely improvisational worship experiences such as Servant Song.

Formerly the jazz bass faculty at Arizona State University, Dwight continues to serve young people as an educator. He occasionally works as an adjudicator/clinician for area jazz festivals, such as the Essentially Ellington competition. He also enjoys his teaching role in MSW educational workshops and at Valley Jazz Cooperative events.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Music, drummer Rob Moore has been working as a free-lance professional in the Metro-Phoenix area for the past 18 years. His work experience includes a stint with Yamaha Pro-Audio and an adjunct faculty appointment at Scottsdale Community College where he taught drum set and coached combos.

Rob works for Music Serving the Word Ministries as its resident audio engineer and drummer for live events and various recording projects. He also enjoys a close collaboration with Caleb Kilian and the MSW Visual Media area. This partnership has helped produce many uniquely creative projects, such as the innovative electronic music score for Incarnate. Additionally, Rob and Caleb have co-founded the new MSW initiative MIDI Fortress, using leading-edge technology and music to help younger audiences explore matters of faith and spirituality. This endeavor is, in part, an outgrowth of Rob’s recently developed passion for analog synthesis programming.

Caleb Kilian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Culture degree with a concentration in interactive audio/visual systems from Arizona State University. As a multi-media artist, he has been developing performance projects that explore the relationship between visual media and sound. Caleb’s first major project, Genesis, explored the relationship between movement and sound. The project used the physical movement of a dancer’s body to generate the musical elements she then danced to. This project developed a simple, intuitive, and elegant relationship between the dancer and her sound bed, thus making a deeper and more meaningful experience for both the performer and the audience.

Caleb joined Music Serving the Word Ministries as Interactive Designer and Media Specialist upon his graduation from ASU in 2013. In this role, he develops visual content for MSW activities such as Lovesong (featuring Bob Ravenscroft) and Servant Song. He also tackles large-scale projects, often in collaboration with Rob Moore, such as the MIDI Fortress initiative and the advent season multimedia experience Incarnate.

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