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Fri, Jul 05


Merrimans' Playhouse

Aaron Irwin Trio

The Aaron Irwin Trio has received critical praise for its evocative storytelling through a seamless blend of jazz, folk, and improvised music influences.

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Aaron Irwin Trio
Aaron Irwin Trio

Time & Location

Jul 05, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $15 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

The Aaron Irwin Trio has received critical praise for its evocative storytelling through a seamless blend of jazz, folk, and improvised music influences. Irwin is an acclaimed saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. His summer 2024 tour is in support of his latest recording (after), released on Adhyâropa Records, draws its title from the practice in poetry of writing new works in conversation with existing works.

Aaron Irwin - saxophone

Mike Baggetta - guitar

Bill Campbell - drums

Here are three tracks from that album:

Recuerdo (after Edna St. Vincent Millay) by AARONIRWIN

Fredrick Douglass (after Robert Hayden) by AARONIRWIN

Five Bells (after Kenneth Slessor) by AARONIRWIN

Saxophonist, multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and composer Aaron Irwin is from central IL. Recognized as a “lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer” (Steve Futterman, The New Yorker), Irwin is a sought-after commodity in both the jazz and commercial worlds. His latest recording (After) will be released on Adhyâropa Records in May of 2024 featuring longtime bandmates Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. He has eight other recordings as a leader with instrumentations spanning from trio to sextet. In addition to his own groups, Irwin has performed with many leading jazz voices in the New York music community including the Grammy-nominated, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Jamie Baum’s Septet +, Bob Sabin’s Tentet, The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, the mixed wind group Weathervest, as well as pop artists Kristen Chenoweth, Rufus Wainwright, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, and The Roots. Irwin maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician, performing in jazz clubs, concert halls, and Broadway theaters, working with many of New York’s finest musicians and bands.

It has been said that Mike Baggetta is “a guitarist of slippery proficiency” (New York Times), that his performances are “totally compelling” (Jazz Journal, UK) and that “his melodic sense is truly beautiful.” ( Mike’s singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between song and solo, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. The press says this approach is “…beguilingly atmospheric…” (Time Out New York) and that “Baggetta’s music is quietly transgressive… Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though ideas were being snagged out of thin air.” (Hartford Courant). Baggetta has had the pleasure to work all over the world with a wide range of visionary musicians across many generations including David Torn, Jim Keltner, Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Psychic Temple, Jeff Coffin, Henry Kaiser, Petra Haden, Rev. Fred Lane, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Joseph C. Philips’ Numinous, Imani Uzuri, Viktor Krauss, David Wax Museum, Julian Lage, Jon Irabagon, Jerome Harris, Tom Harrell, Eivind Opsvik, Jeremy Udden, and Ruth Brown among many others. Baggetta is an Endorsing Artist for Koll Guitars, Benson Amps, and D'Addario Strings.

Bill Campbell is the drummer, singer, songwriter and leader of the international cult sensation known as BREASTFIST, which released its much heralded debut record “tickly shimmers” in May 2012 and follow up "Amuse Deuce" in 2017 on groundUp records. Bill is also a member of Kurt Rosenwinkel's "Caipi" band. As a sideman, Bill’s beats are in large demand on stage and in the studio. His unique sound and feel have made him a favorite of producers, songwriters, rock and jazz musicians alike. Artists he has worked with include Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cass McCombs, Andrew Bird, Brazilian Girls, Chris Thile, Lauren Hill, Norah Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello, Madison Cunningham, Robin McKelle, James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Ryan Scott, Chris Cheek and Joel Frahm. Bill is busy recording, performing, writing music, teaching, traveling, playing table tennis and making animated cartoons.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024 seasons). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons). The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

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