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Sat, Jan 28


Merrimans' Playhouse

Alta Vista

Concert CANCELED and POSTPONED, Due to COVID. We will let you know rescheduled date soon.

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Alta Vista
Alta Vista

Time & Location

Jan 28, 2023, 7:30 PM

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

About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End time is estimate.

Concert CANCELED and POSTPONED, Due to COVID. Rescheduled date TBD. We will either transfer your already purchased ticket to another concert, or refund you. Let us know your preference.

Alta Vista explores and transforms the music of the American West, unearthing songs from a near century-old book of obscure and mostly unrecorded folk tunes, plus other covers, and originals. The trio remains rooted in the timeless themes and emotions found in the music, while adapting it to the contemporary world. Comprised of guitarist Chet Zenor (Lucky Cloud, Max Subar), drummer Andy Danstrom (Knecht), and Jakob Heinemann, on upright bass (Mike Reed, Marvin Tate, Jim Baker), they've played all around Chicago at venues like the California Clipper, the Whistler, and Constellation, and are now looking to branch out with some shows on the road. Their debut album is in the postproduction process, and look forward to a 2023 release.


Chet Zenor - guitar

Andy Danstrom - drums

Jakob Heinemann - bass

Born in Austin, TX and raised in suburban Illinois, Chicago based guitarist and composer Chet Zenor has been a prolific performer in the city's diverse music scene since arriving in 2014. Apart from leading his own singer-songwriter project Lucky Cloud, he co-leads the free-jazz-meets-country-folk trio Alta Vista, and plays regularly with local acts including Sarah Weddle, Minor Moon, Max Subar, Lyn Rye and Morinda, among others.    

Andy Danstrom is a drummer, pianist and composer based out of Chicago. Since moving there in 2014, he has established himself as one of the city’s “most adventurous musicians.” Andy splits his time between playing free improvisation, backing songwriters, and contributing to/leading creative projects. “One of the things that excites me the most is being a part of projects that have a strong aesthetic statement and a discrete set of musical rules.” Andy has also spent time composing electronic music under the moniker Knecht, studying classical piano and teaching. All these different avenues are important to his creative practice; he finds a lot of inspiration in how each discipline feeds into one and other. “It is so exciting when I notice a skill from one medium leak into another, it is a sign to keep going...that the connections in my music are deepening.” You can hear Andy play with Alta Vista, Patrick Jasper, Paperrr, and leading his project “You are the Garden”.    

Jakob Heinemann is an Ashkenaz bass player and composer from Madison, Wisconsin. Now living in Chicago, his work is wide-ranging, but consistently centers around both intuitive and analytical investigations into sound and the many layers lying therein. As a composer, Jakob currently works with field recordings and spectral analysis to map the pitch content of natural systems onto instruments with augmented tunings. As a bass player, he plays frequently within Chicago’s improvised and creative music circles and has several groups considering improvisation within preconceived structures and materials. He also can be found playing with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and other Jewish music groups. Outside of creating, Jakob enjoys teaching in several different environments, and maintains an ongoing private lessons studio. Beginning in December 2021, Jakob helps curate the Splice Series along with co-hosts Peter Maunu and Carol Genetti.

More about Jakob Heinemann

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation, Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation, and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission. Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season).


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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