Sunday, June 18
Doors 7 pm

Teiku (a Talmudic acronym meaning “unanswered question”) is a jazz band that reframes ancestral Jewish melodies unique to various families and communities. Co-leaders pianist Josh Harlow and drummer Jonathan Barahal Taylor built the project on the foundation of their Jewish-Ukranian ancestors’ Passover songs – songs specific to each respective family that have been passed down aurally since their emigration. With these simple vocal melodies as source material, Teiku spins together multi-layered compositions and improvisations that feel right at home in a Creative Music environment, both sonically and spiritually. Much of Creative Music involves the continuous process of self-interrogation and reflection in the search for truth, of recognizing inspiration, and sharing that adventure with others through art in order to express love; the band pulls from that tradition, also introducing their perspective as Jewish-Americans in today’s world.

Teiku’s music surges forward with ruach, a powerful spirit that’s an integral part of both jazz and Jewish culture. At its most raucous moments and its quietest, that ruach is always there, running parallel and intertwining with Creative Music’s rich tradition. Their current lineup also embraces this positively volatile and adventurous nature. On this tour the two co-leaders are joined by Jaribu Shahid (an acolyte of Sun Ra and Roscoe Mitchell) and Rafael Leafar (a collaborator with the likes of Reggie Workman and Bob Hurst). Together, the four musicians will explore unanswered questions – about identity, heritage, and more – in the best way they know how: together, without words, and processing what’s come before them while simultaneously looking towards the future.


Saturday, August 19
Trio Imagination
Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman and David Virelles

Andrew Cyrille - drums, percussion
Reggie Workman - contrabass
David Virelles - piano

Trio Imagination features two legends of creative jazz: drummer/percussionist Andrew Cyrille and bassist Reggie Workman, and they're joined by rising-star Cuban pianist David Virelles. We're making tickets available early for this show, as it will likely be a sellout.

Andrew Cyrille has worked in the groups of Cecil Taylor, Coleman Hawkins, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, Mal Waldron, and others, and co-lead groups with Peter Kowald, Milford Graves (Dialogue of the Drums), Jimmy Lyons, Peter Brötzmann and Anthony Braxton, to name a few. He also has worked with Detroit musicians like Geri Allen and Spencer Barefield.

Reggie Workman is one of the most prolific bassists ever, working in such marquee groups as The John Coltrane Quartet,  Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the groups of Thelonious Monk, Yusef Lateef, and Donald Byrd. He was also actively engaged with the next generation of New Thing artists like Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, and Pharoah Sanders. In addition to Lateef and Byrd, he has collaborated with Detroiters Alice Coltrane, Roy Haynes, Curtis Fuller, and Tommy Flanagan.  

David Virelles, still in his thirties, has already recorded and played with some of the most creative musicians in jazz, including Henry Threadgill, Chris Potter, Steve Coleman, and Ravi Coltrane, and has won the Downbeat Rising Star Poll on piano.

Trinosophes Projects' presentation of Trio Imagination is supported through a Chamber Music America Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant in collaboration with Elastic Arts (Chicago) and Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY).


Tuesday Synth Series has moved to Thursdays to accommodate our new summer hours in the cafe, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10a-3p!

2-3 pm every Thursday in the cafe
Free and open to the public

Break up the monotony of your workday with our casual exploration of all music electronic. Don't miss our afternoon Tuesday Synthesizer Series that's steadily growing in popularity. This event is free and open to the public. Come early to grab a coffee or tea and pastries from the cafe as you listen.

Upcoming performances:
June 22: Sophiyah E. & Otodojo
June 29: Dean Western

Trinosophes Projects is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of Michigan that supports live programming, exhibitions,  and publishing. We are an independent, artist-operated entity located in the city of Detroit that, for the past decade, has operated at the scale and magnitude of cultural institutions with far greater budget. Contributed and earned income goes directly into the hands of the artists. If you appreciate our efforts, consider making a donation to support our continued expenses.