Bob Gluck (http://www.electricsongs.com) is a pianist and composer whose work merges intuition with a broad sonic palate. Lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. He has been described as "...a brilliant improviser." (Cadence) and "...an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen." (Chronogram) Also released in 2011 was Gluck's 'Something Quiet' with Joe Giardullo (soprano sax) and Christopher Dean Sullivan (bass) hailed by "Jazz Inside" as able to "serenade and surprise just about any listenerÕs ears... you can hear just whatÕs essential beyond sheer techniqueÉ the merger of feeling and melody, rhythm and sound... a partnership of resonance and vibration delivering to the fullest... enhanced by the sweetest of pulsing rhythms and cascading notes... road signs of timelessness." Named Keyboard magazine's June 2009 "Unsigned Artist of the Month," Bob Gluck is author of the forthcoming "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band" (University of Chicago Press, July 2012).
Michael Bisio (http://michaelbisio.com/) is a distinctly original bassist and composer whose list of collaborators reads like a who's who of jazz. Bisio has performed regularly with luminaries such as Joe McPhee and Charles Gayle, as well as John Tchai, Marilyn Crispell, Stuart Dempster, Bern Nix, Julian Priester, Joseph Jarman, Andrew Cyrille, and many others. For many years, he was a mainstay of the Seattle jazz and music education scenes. He has performed at the Earshot and Guelph Jazz Festivals, the famed Vision Festival in New York and at Tanglewood and elsewhere. Steven Loewy (All Music Guide) writes: "Bisio's ability to project such a diverse array of timbre and technical skill mark him as one of the leading bassists of his time."
Michael Bisio has twelve recordings to his credit as a leader or co-leader, among them "Composance" (Cadence, 2004) and "Connections" (CIMP, 2005). Bisio also appears on numerous recordings as a band member, including several with Joe McPhee. He has taught bass privately for many years and has served as artist in residence and workshop leader in Vancouver, Seattle and Troy (New York). As a composer, he has penned music for jazz ensembles, film, and stage. Bisio has also performed orchestral music and music for music theater. Andrew Bartlett (Encyclopedia of Northwest Music) sums it up when he writes: "Bisio is an adept performer at all levels, from his blistering solo barrages to his more intricate larger ensemble work."
Dean Sharp (http://www.myspace.com/dsharpist), prolific creative percussionist, producer and remixer. He has performed and recorded with a strikingly diverse array of creative artists including Moby, Brad Mehldau, Stephen Vitiello, Elliott Sharp, Joe Lovano, Marc Ribot, John Stubblefield, Liz Gorrill (aka Kazzrie Jaxen), jazz legend Hugh Brodie, Tony Levin, Steve Swallow, Carter Burwell, David Arner and Jane Siberry. Sharp has written and recorded with notorious loop-miester David Torn (SPLaTTeRCeLL project), co-lead his own ensembles earmight (w/ Dean Jones, David Hofstra, Russ Johnson and Ken Mcgloin) and trio loCo (w/ Marc Dzuiba and StudioStu) and is the creative catalyst of SONic 150 (with trumpet notebender russ johnson), scribbleScrabbLe (with videographer Thomas Moore), 3:2:1 (with Ken Mcgloin and Russ Johnson) and sanDwich (with percussionist Harvey Sorgen and a changing mysterious third guest). He has played a vital role in the recordings and live performances of such innovative singer/songwriters as Rachael Sage, Greg Brown, Donna Lewis, MIMI (goese), Noe Veneble, Jill Sobule and Todd SickafooseÕs Blood Orange.
Dean Sharp has studied with the late Elvin Jones, Colin Walcott and Tony Williams, as well as living legends Jack DeJohnette, Michael Carvin, Narada Michael Walden, Nana Vasconcelos and Montego Joe. As a producer/remixer, he has "pushed the envelope" for projects with Indian flutist Steve Gorn, cellist Stephanie Winters, klezmer/world artist Zoe B. Zak, bassist Steve RustÕs PULSAR and indie faves Louise Taylor and Stoneboat. Multimedia collaborators have included Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and Tom Moore. He has also offered master classes and workshops at SUNY New Paltz, the New School, Unison Arts Center and the Omega Institute. He teaches at Bard College. Music Matters Review declares: "Dean Sharp's drums lend mystery and grace" and The Fairfield County Weekly calls him "capable of quietly extraordinary things," a drummer who "has found a way to make jazz fresh."