Ceraso Gallery presents:


Saturday & Sunday

September 21 & 22, 2019

7:00 pm

suggested donation: $15 for one night, $20 for both


Art Lande (piano)
Amy Shelley (drums)
Juli Royster (bass)

Steve Swallow has been one of the premier bassists (acoustic, then electric) and composers in jazz going back to the 1950s with Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley, and later with the likes of Gary Burton and John Scofield.

Art Lande began playing with Steve in the early 70s in San Francisco and in the last few years, touring with Steve in a trio featuring reedman Mike McGinnis (2 CDs on Sunnyside Records).

Steve has a profound lyrical sense, a beautiful ear for harmony, and a tricky idea of form. His pieces are circular, so we are never quite certain about start and finish, which gives them an eternal quality. Some are places to live rather than songs. They are about daily life — sweeping up, hotels, or soft skin. They may invoke salsa, swinging jazz or trance-like riffs that subtly modulate.

The Cuddle band, who have delved into the music of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Wayne shorter over the years, have chosen Steve Swallow's tantalizing compositions to play on the weekend of September 21 and 22nd at 7 PM, to bathe all of us in Swallow‘s gorgeous and quirky light.

Bring your blankets and pillows, as a Cuddle concert is best received lying down to relax and dream.

Cuddle is a band that arises out of a need for space, healthy bodies and relational contact. The music that results from this environment is subtle and powerful, simple then complex, familiar and then singularly unusual. Colorful improvisations lead to pieces by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, the Beatles, or perhaps an original in 5/4 or 7/4 time. The audience is encouraged to bring pillows and close friends to relax with and listen to music where the spaces between the notes are as potent as the notes themselves.

In a world where often too much is going on too quickly, Cuddle brings the listener to a place where sound is precious, and a wide range of musical events can be anticipated, fully explored and savored. Cuddle is an invitation to sink into an experience of the dance between sound and silence, body and mind, self and community.

By Invitation Only

Please contact Chuck Ceraso at 303-898-3649

or by email: chuck@cerasogallery.com to receive an invite