• Thursday January 16 | 9:00 pm

    Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio

    Vancouver-based string master Gordon Grdina presents this stellar trio in Chicago for the first time tonight. Featuring two masters of the New York downtown scene, Matt Mitchell and Jim Black, this band promises to dazzle.



Gordon Grdina – guitar/oud
Matt Mitchell – piano
Jim Black – drums


9 PM / 2 sets


Complex, intricate, idiosyncratic, and rockin’—those are the adjectives that best describe this cross-border collaboration between Vancouver guitarist Gordon Grdina, and New York’s Matt Mitchell piano, and Jim Black drums. Juno Award winner Grdina’s compositions give the nod to 20th century classical composition, rock, free jazz, and third stream, and this trio promises to explore those ideas at their highest levels.


Gordon Grdina is known for his incredible versatility and ability to bring a fresh and edgy vibe to any ensemble he joins or forms. His musical output is diverse, including 10-piece Arabic/avant-garde ensemble Haram, the intricate GG Quartet and cinematic GG Septet, high-energy collective Square Peg, free-punk duo Peregrine Falls, and contemporary Persian-influenced ensemble The Marrow.


Jim Black is a legend in the downtown New York jazz and improv scene and a world-renowned drummer. His most recent activities include gigs with Endangered Blood, Malamute, and Human Feel.


Matt Mitchell is a mainstay on the New York jazz scene playing with internationally acclaimed ensembles like the Dave Douglas Quintet, Tim Berne’s Snake Oil and John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble. Matt is currently leading his Quartet, Phalanx Ambassadors and recently released a solo album of Tim Berne’s Compositions.