Pan-American Trio


THU APR 11 / 5:30-8PM
Town Hall

The Pan-American Trio is a newly formed instrumental ensemble dedicated to performing different styles of music from the Americas and to exploring the connections between them. The group's eclectic repertoire includes jazz, blues, bluegrass, Brazilian samba and bossa nova, Afro-Cuban music, tango, and other idioms--all rendered anew through exciting arrangements and by the spirit of improvisation common to all these musics.

The Pan-American Trio consists of bassist and bandleader Ethan Foote, guitarist Duff Davis, and violinist Nick Montopoli, who doubles on mandolin. Garnering attention for the breadth of its cross-continental musical reach and for its creative approach to instrumentation, the trio will be performing around the D.C. area this year. Matvei Sigalov will be performing as a special guest violinist for the Jazz + Mixer.

About the band members:

An accomplished violinist in a variety of capacities, Nick Montopoli has been performing throughout the Washington, D.C. area for over eight years. Nick's interests and experience span numerous genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and folk, and he performs regularly with regional contemporary/crossover, chamber, and orchestral ensembles. Nick is currently pursuing a Masters degree in music at the University of Maryland.

Born in California, raised in Illinois, and now living in Washington, D.C., guitarist Duff Davis plays classical, jazz, pop, flamenco, bossa, samba, cumbia, and reggae. For the past few years he has been studying percussion and is in the process of incorporating new rhythmic ideas into his playing. His plans for 2013 include publishing duo arrangements for guitar and viola /violin, releasing a solo album, going to Costa Rica to play cumbia, learning to sing, and creating music videos.

Ethan Foote is a bassist and composer based in Washington, D.C. His original work and his career as a performer have encompassed jazz, folk, classical, and popular idioms, reflecting a breadth of musical interests and tastes. Recently he has taken the stage at such prestigious D.C. performance venues as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sydney Harman Hall. He is pleased to be returning to Artisphere, where he has played at previous Jazz Mixers and performed music for works of theatre.
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