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The Richard Sears Trio

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

Tickets ($10 - $20)

Constant Stranger unites three improvisers and composers, Richard Sears (NYC) on piano, Martin Nevin (NYC) on bass, and Guilhem Flouzat (Paris) on drums. The name of the ensemble refers to the source of inspiration for all creative acts. Inspiration comes in unexpected forms at unexpected times, although people try to grasp it, control it, or become friendly or familiar with it. It is not a muse that we know and understand, but rather distant face, a constant stranger. This show celebrates the collective’s debut album release.

Members of the trio have performed with the likes of Jason Moran, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, Aaron Parks, Becca Stevens, and others. The program will feature original compositions by Sears, Nevin, and Flouzat.

About Richard Sears
As a performer, Richard has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others.  His most recent release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, naming it one of the Best Albums of 2017.

About Martin Nevin
A musician with an impressionist’s touch, Martin Nevin is a bass player and composer with heart, patience and the ability to spin beauty out of thin air. He leads his own quintet who's debut album Tenderness is Silent has “a touch of melancholy with a quietly building joy lain in between the notes.” Martin has performed and/or recorded with notable artists such as Albert “Tootie” Heath, Billy Hart, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ethan Iverson,  and Aaron Parks.

Sears’ pianistic concept is fully realized, with an austere, Brahms-ian chordal sense and clarity of purpose in his improvised melodies.
— Guy Fukushima, LA Weekly