Dan Weiss Starebaby

Friday June 29 @ 8:00pm at National Arts Centre


Craig Taborn - piano, fender rhodes
Matt Mitchell - piano, prophet 6, modular synthesizers
Ben Monder - guitar
Trevor Dunn - bass
Dan Weiss - drums

Starebaby is the result of drummer Dan Weiss’s long-running dream to bring together some of the most accomplished players on the jazz scene to play music that combines jazz with the power of heavy metal and electronic new music. As with his two critically-acclaimed previous releases (Fourteen, which was named one of the best releases of 2014 by The New York Times and Sixteen: Drummers Suite) Starebaby is a decidedly original work that is largely without precedence. One of the most in-demand drummers in jazz, Weiss performs with such disparate artists as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chris Potter, John Zorn and Jen Shyu. The music on Starebaby (which features Craig Taborn and Matt Mitchell on keyboards, piano, and electronics, Ben Monder on guitar, and Trevor Dunn on bass, ebbs and flows) surges to thundering swells of foreboding doom before tempering to quiet reflection, finding a deep space where brutal aggression meets ghostly vulnerability.