SEPTEMBER 23RD - BOXLEY'S (NORTH BEND, WA) (XAVIER'S 25TH BIRTHDAY) SEPTEMBER 25TH - JAZZ NIGHT SCHOOL CLINIC (SEATTLE, WA)
SEPTEMBER 27TH - OWL N'THISTLE (SEATTLE, WA)
SEPTEMBER 29TH - CHRISTO'S (SALEM, OR)
SEPTEMBER 30TH - THE 1905 (PORTLAND, OR)
OCTOBER 1ST - JAZZ STATION (EUGENE, OR)
OCTOBER 2ND - MOOD INDIGO (BEND, OR)
OCTOBER 5TH - BLACK CAT (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
OCTOBER 6TH - TORCH CLUB, (SACRAMENTO, CA)
OCTOBER 7TH - MINER WINES (NAPA, CA)
OCTOBER 8TH - LIBERTY SPORTS (MAMMOTH LAKES, CA)
OCTOBER 9TH - DIZZY'S (SAN DIEGO, CA)
OCTOBER 15TH - TOWN HALL (SEATTLE, WA)
Earthshine / Meridian Odyssey
Self-recorded in an airplane hangar in rural Alaska during a pandemic exile, 2021's Second Wave delivered the story of a group of young musicians using exceptional circumstances to create personal & musical connection, and ultimately, a stirring documentation of time-well-spent. With this script in hand, Meridian Odyssey returned to Big Lake in August 2021, settling in for six days of intense rehearsals of nine new originals, with time off for sailing, flying and hiking together. With trumpeter Noah Halpern joining the core band of saxophonist Santosh Sharma, bassist Ben Feldman, pianist Dylan Hayes, guitarist Martin Budde, and drummer/producer/engineer Xavier Lecouturier, the group found a new power and focus in their sound, with the expanded front line and the growing conceptual openness the band had developed. Born from the perceivably "lost" years of '20 & '21, Earthshine will speak to the creative read and react of six musicians on the literal threshold of their careers. While a marvelous tale of its own, it portends to be but an entrance into a musical beyond.
Second Wave / Meridian Odyssey
Five brilliant and focused musicians who against odds imposed by history and impossibility, have risen to the occasion to create a recording that provides depth, joy and emotional outreach in times of isolation and hardship. Developing their musical voices on the Seattle jazz scene, bassist Ben Feldman and saxophonist Santosh Sharma moved to New York for school and opportunity, while drummer Xavier Lecouturier, pianist Dylan Hayes, and guitarist Martin Budde became invaluable creatives in Northwest music circles. Sidelined from various tours in 2020, the five ended up gathering in Alaska, learning to fly planes, composing, playing, and discovering that as a quintet, the joy of music and creation was rekindled, the weight of the moment lifted. Setting up in an airplane hangar, the quintet live-streamed performances through the summer and with their new compositions in tow, self-recorded and produced "Second Wave." The commonality of language acquired through hours of musical conversation between this group of friends quickly rose to fruition, producing sublime results for the listener.