Wed · July 17 2019

9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Andrew Trim - guitar & compositions
Mai Sugimoto - alto saxophone, clarinet, & compositions
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Charles Rumback - drums

Featuring a rare melding of instruments in electric guitar, saxophone/clarinet, bass clarinet, and drums, Hanami paints dynamic sonic landscapes on a bass-less canvas. The chamber like qualities of the instrumentation combined with jazz rhythms and exploratory improvisations, both oblique and consonant, give way to artfully composed original compositions born out of their atypical take on the tradition of the jazz quartet and a deep connection with the country of Japan. Hanami has released two albums, their self titled debut album Hanami Quartet featuring arrangements of Japanese music on Off Records (2014) and their follow up album of original work The Only Way to Float Free on ears&eyes Records (2016).

"There is something positively addictive about the Hanami quartet’s concoction of modern jazz improvisation, avant-garde edge and pop music sensibilities. This group has really developed a personable sound with all kinds of distinguishing marks." —Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

"Punk-like audacity in your modern jazz ensemble." —Robert Rodi, New City

"Vigorous sonic overtones balanced against ambient moments and traditional jazz melodies crisscrossed with contemporary individuality." —Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition
Venue Information:
Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618