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Gros Pokossi & Friends | Matt Berger Trio

March 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

$8

Gros Pokossi & Friends

| Matt Berger Trio


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Gros Ngolle Pokossi, a Cameroonian musician who specializes in electric bass with extensive experience in performing live, recording, and composing Afrobeat, jazz, funk, ethnomusic and pop.  He graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music in 1999, and Gros has had the honor of working with Decording Society featuring Roland Shannon Jackson, James Carter, and Jef Lee Johnson, Trilok Gurtu, Claude Chalhoub, Nneka, and Frank McComb among many other talented musicians.  Gros Pokossi & Band is a personal project that takes jazz standards, such as Giant Step, Freedom Jazz Dance, etc., and applies various African grooves and beats.  Also featured will be some original pieces.

After moving to Boston, Matt Berger attended Berklee College of Music, studying contemporary jazz with Tim Miller, Mark White, Bruno Raberg as well fugue-writing and composition with Yakov Gubanov. Several professors and friends helped spark an interest in Indian Classical music. Drawn by the rhythmic complexities and singing melodies, he returned home to Chicago after graduating Berklee (2006) and pursued lessons with tabla master Sandip Burman, leading to an opportunity to tour all of the United States. Under his tutelage, Matt performed at hundreds of schools, including Peabody Conservatory, Kansas State University and Denver School of Arts.  As a solo guitarist, Matt performs jazz and classical repertoire. As a lead guitarist in Chicago, he has played on numerous stages and events including WGN-TV news, at the Metro, House of Blues and Lincoln Hall. He has performed in a variety of genres with the bands: 2nd Nature, BluPrint, Jazzpun, Love Secreto, Gros Pokossi amongst others. Most recently he toured North America with Nigerian-vocalist Nneka (2015). He is an active music educator and clinician at schools — promoting classical and ethnomusicology studies and their applications to jazz.

 

 

Details

Date:
March 23, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cost:
$8

Venue

Uncommon Ground – Edgewater
1401 W. Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Phone:
773-465-9801
Website:
http://www.uncommonground.com