Saturday, December 10
Two Rooms presents the record release show for Conjure by Balance 
with special guest Kaleigh Wilder/Nova Zaii Duo
Doors 7:30 pm 


pre-order now - Vinyl LP, CD and digital download

Two Rooms Records is excited to announce our forthcoming release (December 9, 2022), Conjure by Balance.  Pre-orders are now available on LP, CD and digitally.

Conjure is the second album from Balance, the duo of composer/musicians Michael Malis and Marcus Elliot, two of Detroit’s rising stars from the younger generation in creative music.

Conjure aptly displays Balance's contemporary point of view, mixing reverence for their forebears with open ears that allow for all kinds of influences to inform the music. Though the record primarily features the duo, Balance is also joined by poet Chace Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver, two Detroiters of note in their own right, for a few tracks.

The album finds the musicians in a largely meditative, introspective mood. Lyrical melodies and fugue-like passages adorn compositions that reflect an interest in chamber music, but the spirit of improvisation flows through every piece.

Conure features liner notes by Detroit poet and playwright Bill Harris and cover art by Addie Langford, The Hanging Gardens Orange Green (detail), 2015.

December 11
J Rowe / Jordan Schug
A debut performance featuring J Rowe, Jordan Schug, Ian Haubert, Ben Green and Alex Colista
with special guest Kathy Leisen 

This is the debut performance by Rowe/Schug, an instrumental group that mixes the atmosphere of classic ECM recordings with a variety of hard-bop and modal jazz themes. Co-organized by drummer J Rowe and bassist Jordan Schug, the group performs material written by both leaders. A veteran of many interesting Detroit projects like Lyrans, Westerbur & Rowe and His Name is Alive, J Rowe is often found working at an intersection between rock and art music. Cellist and double-bassist Jordan Schug similarly straddles the worlds of concert music and improvised music, working with artists like Laith Al-Saadi, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Bishop and James Carter. Rounding out the ensemble are Ian Haubert (electric piano), Ben Green (trumpet) and Alex Colista (saxophone). Opening the show is the always excellent songwriting and musicality of Kathy Leisen, in a solo set.