Contemporary acoustic jazz band Trio Globo — with roots in jazz, classical, sacred music and rhythmic influences — is performing at the Arts at St. John’s on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The band is made up of longtime musicians Eugene Friesen on cello, Howard Levy on harmonica and piano and Glen Velez on percussion and drums.
Here, Friesen talks about his life playing the cello and what Lodians can expect from the concert.
The Arts at St. John’s is excited to have Trio Globo visit. What do you expect the evening to be like?
Well, I know a lot of people in that (area). It’s always a kind of reunion. The space itself is a very inspiring place to play. I’ve played there maybe a dozen times.
How would you describe Trio Globo’s music?
It’s kind of larger than life. It’s jazz and it’s rhythms from all over the world. It’s real inventive rhythm virtuosity. It’s a real exuberant and high-energy sound. There are great tunes, exotic rhythms and sparkling interplay.
There’s a lot of joy behind the whole thing and I know it will be on full display for our friends in that beautiful space.
What or who inspires you as a musician?
This weekend, we had a chance to play a memorial (show) with Dave Brubeck’s son. He’s one of the pioneers for the music that we do.
You knew Dave Brubeck personally. What was it like when he passed away late last year?
I knew Dave Brubeck for about 40 years.
It’s not really a sense of sadness. He had this incredibly glorious life. He lived (long), just one day short of his 93rd birthday. I got a letter from his wife a couple of months ago saying that Dave still practiced every day. He was a musician’s musician.
If you didn’t play the cello, what other instrument do you think you’d want to play?
Probably guitar. It’s portable and you can play a lot of different styles of music. I’ve tried to do that with the cello, to make it talk a lot of other styles of music ... I started playing classical, then folk, rock and jazz and more world music in recent years.
Is everyone in the band a full-time musician?
Where did you grow up? Were your parents musical?
In Fresno. My father was a music teachers and my mother was a beautiful singer.
Who should attend the show?
I think anyone who loves music should come. I think there will be something for everyone.
Will you spend time in Lodi? What do you like to do when you visit?
I’ll be spending a couple of days there. Mostly, I just visit with friends.
It’s fun to see how Lodi has changed — all the new restaurants and vineyards. I’ve been coming to town since the ’70s. I also just love having the vineyards all around town.
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