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Thu, Nov 30


Merrimans' Playhouse

Arman Sangalang Quartet

An ensemble that balances intricate compositions rooted in jazz with genre-bending improvisation to create a landscape of modern textures and soundscapes, featuring an all-star rhythm section of the Midwest’s finest improvisors.

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Arman Sangalang Quartet
Arman Sangalang Quartet

Time & Location

Nov 30, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.

The Arman Sangalang Quartet is an ensemble that balances intricate compositions rooted in jazz with genre-bending improvisation to create a landscape of modern textures and soundscapes. The quartet features Chicago saxophonist, Arman Sangalang. He is joined by an all-star rhythm section of the Midwest’s finest improvisors: Dave Miller (guitar), Katie Ernst (Bass), and Devin Drobka (drums). Primarily based in Chicago, the group is excited to embark on a Midwest tour to celebrate the release of Sangalang’s debut album, “Quartet” on Calligram Records.

Arman Sangalang – saxophone

Dave Miller – guitar

Katie Ernst - bass

Devin Drobka – drums

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Saxophonist and composer Arman Sangalang has been garnering attention in the Chicago jazz scene. 2022 marked a big step forward in his career: his quartet performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and IRIS, a jazz quintet formed by Arman, was one of four groups across the U.S. selected for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy. In 2023, he was invited to participate in the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency in Delaware as a composer and performer. He has the opportunity to share the stage with many jazz luminaries such as Clark Sommers, Bobby Broom, Ted Sirota, Katie Ernst, and Lenard Simpson among others.

Guitarist and composer Dave Miller (Algernon, Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Scientist, Patricia Barber, Joe Policastro Trio, etc) has been a prominent fixture in the Chicago creative music scene for nearly two decades. Since his last album’s release (Dave Miller, Tompkins Square 2020), Miller has led a quartet with legendary drummer, Jeff “Tain” Watts, performed at Chicago’s Symphony Hall with Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, and held down the guitar chair for Terence Blanchard’s masterful opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On the heels of these accomplishments, Miller has taken a musical right turn, positioning his guitar playing front and center on his new album, Daughter of Experience (Tompkins Square, 6/3/22).

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity." Katie Ernst is co-leader of the adventurous Chicago-based jazz trio Twin Talk, folk-jazz duo Wayfaring, and has received widespread critical acclaim for her Dorothy Parker poetry song cycle Little Words, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Recent performances and recognitions include receiving a 2022 composing residency at the Ragdale Foundation, performing in Mexico City, MX for a Chicago/CDMX Improvised Music Exchange in 2020; performances at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and Chicago Jazz Festival; performing with MacArthur Fellow pianist/composer Jason Moran at the Chicago Symphony Center and the Kennedy Center; representing the USA as bassist and vocalist for the 2018 EuroRadio Jazz Orchestra in Riga, Latvia; and being named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz in 2013. Katie is an active sidewoman in the jazz and improvised music communities of Chicago.

Devin Drobka is one of the most in-demand and creative musicians in the Midwest for the past 15 years. His highly personal and creative drumming can be heard within the realm of jazz having performed with Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Dayna Stephens, and Joe Lovano as well as indie-folk bands like Field Report and indie rappers R.A.P. Ferreira and Serengeti. Devin can be heard on over 50 albums of genre bending, original music for which he is an advocate for. Devin currently composes music for his newest group, The Devin Drobka Trio, which draws upon his love of contemporary classical music and minimalism and his multi horn group, Bell Dance Songs, which is a response to his love of Albert Ayler, Paul Motian, and Ornette Coleman. Devin’s music has been described as “sounding like nothing else in midwestern jazz” and “gorgeous, innovative.”

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.


  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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