Thollem Trio and Glass Key Trio at San Miguel Chapel


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


San Miguel Chapel
401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa fe, NM

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Who:  Glass Key Trio and Thollem Trio (Thollem/Wayne/Santistevan)
What: Concert of Creative and Innovative Music
San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe, NM
September 18, 2021 7pm doors
Cost: 10$ suggested

Doors: 7:00 pm
Glass Key Trio: 7:30pm
Thollem Trio: 8:45pm

MASKS REQUIRED! – A big part of our work as artists is to create a safe space for all people. If you are unwilling to do your part in creating safe spaces for all people, you are not welcome.

The Thollem/Wayne/Santistevan Trio celebrates the infinite possibilities of their instruments from heavy grooves to deeply nuanced sonic explorations. Dave Wayne (drums), Carlos Santistevan (bass) and Thollem (midi keyboard) last played together March 5th, 2020 at The Outpost in Albuquerque. One of the last opportunities to perform before the pandemic locked us all down. The recording was published on Astral Spirits in April of this year, as part of Thollem’s Astral Traveling Sessions.

Thollem is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent most of his life living on the road nationally and internationally. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Thollem’s known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects. He and is life and artistic partner ACVilla will be in the middle of a cross-country tour on Amtrak, playing 14 concerts in all before flying to Europe for 3 months of performances and workshops.

Carlos Santistevan is a musician, sounds engineer, and organizer. Since 2001 he has helped establish an oasis of creative music in the high desert southwest as the director of the High Mayhem Emerging Arts collective based out of Santa Fe, NM. Using an upright bass and electronics he creates soundscapes and spontaneous compositions from the extremes of acoustic and electric music. Early influences of punk rock and free jazz have led him to develop a unique approach to music and improvisation. He has performed at High Zero Festival, Ende Tymes Festival, The Outpost Performance Space, Hemlock Tavern, SITE Santa Fe, the Empty Bottle, Outsound Creative Music Festival, The Olympia Experimental Music Festival, High Mayhem Festival and more performing with such artists as: J.A. Dino Deane, Laura Ortman, Thollem McDonas, Tania Caroline Chen, Marshall Trammell, Chris Jonas, Tatsuya Nakatani and more. Carlos is a seasoned improviser and a member of diverse ensembles such as In Defense of Memory, iNK oN pAPER, The Uninvited Guest(s), The Late Severa Wires, Out of Context, Black Iron Trio, Taiji Pole and more.

Dave Wayne
moved to New Mexico in 1993. Since then, he has played with a number of innovative and accomplished NM-based artists including tuba-player Mark Weaver, bassists Zimbabwe Nkenya, Noah Baumeister, Casey A. Andersen and Ben Wright, cornetist Daniel Pearlman, saxophonists Chris Jonas and Alex Murzyn, pianists Robert Muller and Joseph Salack, poets Robert Winson and Mark Weber, and guitarists Mustafa Stefan Dill, Sean Buckley, Tim “Tiger” Gagan, and Ross Hamlin. In 2009 he formed his own band – The Things That Are Heard – in order to “air out my own half-baked ideas concerning the relationship between composition and improvisation in music.”
Dave has had numerous opportunities to perform and record with touring improvisors such as cornettist Dan Clucas, keyboardists Thollem McDonas and Brian Haas, guitarist Jeff Platz, saxophonists Andrew Lamb, Rob Brown, Alan Lechusza and Joshua Smith, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and bassist Clyde Reed. Through these encounters, Dave has developed great stylistic flexibility which permits him to transgress numerous musical boundaries in a single performance. His percussing has been documented on a fistful of albums, both privately issued and on labels such as pfMENTUM, Amirani, Plutonium, Snowdonia, and Zerx. He’s currently working with several ensembles playing hip-hop / funk (“Shake Alert”), Middle Eastern fusion (“Love Unfold The Sun”), and modern jazz (“OrnEtc.”).

The Glass Key Trio
Jeremy Bleich – guitar/composition
Paul Brown – bass
Milton Villarrubia III – drums

Led by Jeremy Bleich’s eclectic guitar and compositional style, The Glass Key Trio explores compositions inspired by jazz, country, world music, folk, and film noir. Each composition invokes a spirited dialogue between the players ushering the listener along a narrative exploration of musical landscapes.

Jeremy Bleich is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who incorporates a wide palette of sound and culture into the process of creating music. He has toured extensively playing bass and electronics with critically acclaimed trio “birth”, playing across Europe and the U.S. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is involved with presenting new music on his Grasshopper Music record label, teaching Orchestra at Los Alamos Public Schools and conducting at the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.  He holds a degree in music composition from Cleveland State University, and has presented music in Europe, Asia, and throughout the states.

Paul Brown has been playing music for 47 years, studying bass and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music, and ud and makam with Haig Manoukian and Yordal Tokcan. Comfortable in all styles of music from Eastern Europe and beyond, he is in demand across the  country, playing electric and acoustic bass with a number of bands (Édessa, Souren Baronian’s Taksim, Pontic Firebird) at music and dance camps, concerts, and festivals.

Milton Villarrubia III grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been crafting his music art in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1996. Milton has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Myra Melford, Anthony Braxton, Peter Bernstein, Steve Masakowski, The University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program, The Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico School for the Arts, William A. Thompson, IV, Circus Luminous, The Academy for Technology and the Classics, Candyman Strings and Things, Ray Francen’s Drum Center and Drummer’s World. In 2016 Milton and the Santa Fe based group Kodama Trio won best Jazz Album as well as Best Jazz Song in the Prestigious New Mexico Music Awards.

“The Glass Key Trio… has conceived a strange combination of folk, gospel, spirituals, jazz and experimental curiosities, all without adhering too intensely to any one, and without an easy means to genre-fy.” – Santa Fe Reporter

The Glass Key Trio by newbassplace – (J.Bleich)

Contact:  Jeremy Bleich –

Concert is presented following COVID protocols – Masks Required

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