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Mon, Nov 06


Merrimans' Playhouse

New Origin Trio

Witness these seasoned masters finding the trace, taking the path, connecting the beginning to the horizon to be better carried deep into the present. The New Origin Trio vibrates the space-time through a free, colorful music connecting the United States to Europe, learned music and wild freedom.

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New Origin Trio
New Origin Trio

Time & Location

Nov 06, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

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


About the Event

TICKETS are $15 General/$5 Student. Concert end time is only an estimate.

Lodging Sponsored by Shelly and Addison Cowling, at their B & B.

Finding the trace, taking the path, connecting the beginning to the horizon to be better carried deep into the present. The New Origin Trio vibrates the space-time through a free, colourful music connecting the United States to Europe, learned music and wild freedom.

Joe Fonda - doublebass 

Harvey Sorgen - drums  

Christophe Rocher - clarinets

The New Origin Trio, formed by Christophe Rocher, Harvey Sorgen and Joe Fonda, had recorded a little less than a year ago, in New York, the few tracks that make up this first eponymous album. Between compositions and improvisations, this first opus is the result of a crossbreeding of jazz, at the confluence of genres, singular and unique among others. With this new recording and concerts in the USA and Europe, the three composers/improvisers add up their stories, their explosive personalities.

"On the one hand Christophe Rocher, at the head of the Nautilis Ensemble, a seasoned musician who has had the opportunity to play with the greatest, and who participates in international projects such as ARCH or « The Bridge ». On the other, two internationally known American musicians, Joe Fonda and Harvey Sorgen. They have collaborated withWadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Barry Altchul, Dave Douglas, Oliver Lake, Hot Tuna, Brenda Bufalino, Karl Berger, Ahmad Jamal and many others."

"There is more to creative mastership than the surface of satisfaction and political certainty. The music of Joe Fonda is part of a living tradition of belief and dedication. Future historians will be surprised at the breadth of Mr. Fonda's offerings. This is a real virtuoso and composer of the highest order."

 - Anthony Braxton, 1996

Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator. An accomplished international jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has  collaborated  and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, and Billy Bang.

Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet/octet/tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation. He has also performed with the 38-piece Tri-Centric Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Braxton, and was the bassist for the premiere performance of Anthony Braxton’s opera, Shalla Fears for the Poor, performed at the John Jay Theater in New York, New York, October 1996.

As a composer, Fonda has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions From Meet the Composer New York and the New England Foundation on the Arts. He has released twelve recordings under his own name. Fonda was also a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum directed by Leo Smith, and was the bassist with the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City, directed by world renowned tap dancer, Brenda Bufalino.

In 1989, Fonda performed with Fred Ho’s Jazz and Peking Opera in its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1986 Fonda was the bassist and dancer with the Sonomama Dance Company. An independent producer since 1978, Fonda is the founding director of Kaleidoscope Arts an interdisciplinary performance ensemble and is the producer and musicial director for the Connecticut Composers and Improvisors Festival from 2001 to 2011.

Currently Fonda has been recording and touring extensively with the Fonda-Stevens Group, Conference Call, The Fab Trio, The Nu Band and Bottoms Out, with performances at the Bim huis (Amsterdam, Holland), Prague Jazz Festival (Czech Republic), Jazz Halo Festival (Belgium), Jazz Festival Thurinsen (Weimer, Germany), Berlin Jazz Festival (Berlin Germany), Jazz Im Agusto Festival (Lisbon, Portugal), Natt Jazz Festival (Bergen, Norway), The Vision Festival (New York, New York), Jazz and More Festival (Sibiu, Romania), Bakau Jazz Festival (Azerbijan), Tondela Jazz Festival (Tondala, Portugal), Vancouver Jazz Festival (Vancouver, Canada), and Guelph Jazz Festival (Guelph Canada).

Two of Fonda’s most recent projects are From the Source, and The Off Road Quartet. From the Source is a group that incorporates the tap dancing and poetry of Brenda Bufalino and the healing arts of Vicki Dodd, and four jazz musicians. The group has released their first CD entitled, "Joe Fonda and From the Source", on Konnex Records.

The Off Road Quartet is comprised of four musicians from four different countries. Ux Fengia from Beijing China, Carlos Zingaro from Lisbon Portugal, Lucas Niggle from Zurich Switzerland, and Joe Fonda, New York, USA. The Off Road Quartet blends the  musics from all four of these musicians cultures into a unique musical and visual experience.

Harvey Sorgen:

"In sound, motion and beauty….so to lays the groundwork for truth. All that I am becomes a part of my own way of communication. In striving for a lifestyle unfettered by my own limitations, I am eternally grateful to have created honest music with some of the greatest artists of our time. It’s almost like I have to pinch myself sometimes to not forget how fortunate I am to have the love of my family, and the spirit to be open to what may appear to be right in front of me!"

Christophe Rocher is mainly occupied by the research of the musical language, by the totally improvised music, and by the jazz of today. Activist of the contemporary music scene, he seeks to invent music, to create a link between beings to better invent music together, to create music above all as a social object then as a territory for a form of magic. He has played over time in many jazz, improvised music, contemporary music, or electronic projects alongside many musicians:  Joëlle Léandre, Erwan Keravec, Paul Rogers, Hasse Poulsen, Claude Tchamitchian, Gualtierro Dazzi, Carlo Rizzo, Daunik Lazro, Assif Tsahar, Elise Caron, Hamid Drake, Jacques Pellen, Jacques Di Donato, Michel Doneda, Christophe Lavergne, Jean Morière, Monique Lucas, Bernard Lubat, Christofer Bjurström, Yuri Yaremtchuk, Yukiko Nakamura, Pascale Labbé, Edward Perraud, Nicolas Mahieux, Jean-Luc Landsweert, Olivier Benoit, Naab, Géraldine Keller, Roger Turner, Jean-Philippe Morel, Jeb Bishop, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Sylvain Thévenard, Jo Fonda, and numerous musicians from the AACM of Chicago, and many others.

Born in Clichy in 1967, he has always had a passion for all types of music. Having started musical practice at the age of 5, he considers the clarinet as a field of research and experimentation since the beginning of his apprenticeship. He followed a classical course at the Conservatoire de Musique de Clichy, alongside his studies in Artificial Intelligence Engineering until 1992. He trained with "masters" such as Jacques Di Donato, Steve Coleman, Fabrizio Cassol. He created the Penn ar Jazz association in 1997 and ensured its artistic direction until 2009.

Today, Christophe is in charge of the artistic council of the Ensemble Nautilis. He plays within the device "The Bridge" created by Alexandre Pierrepont (exchange between French and American musicians) and in many musical creations in France and abroad.

Passionate about science, he explores the territories of research alongside, for example, Alexandre Pierrepont and Nicolas Farrugia with the aim of creating bridges between science and music.

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 season). 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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