Tricycle

Tricycle

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Blending old-time and bluegrass sounds with the sophistication of improvisational jazz, Tricycle is alternately free-spirited, spacious, dark, medtative and down-home.

Biography

Tricycle began with Jayme Stone and Kevin Manaugh writing music for banjo and guitar that, while grounded in roots music, was open to a much wider palette of sound, emotion and influence. The two have since embarked on a musical friendship that from afar might sound like Steve Reich spinning an old jazz record in the backwoods. Out of this approach grew a body of music, a gathering of musicians, an eager audience, and now a debut recording, emerge and see, to connect them all.
Tricycle's vision is to play music that is composed with elegance, steeped in and yet free from tradition, and always expressed anew.

It's been a busy 2004 for Tricycle. After an incredibly inspiring  three weeks of studying and playing with Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Jason Moran and other jazz legends  at the Banff Centre of the Arts back in June, we returned home to Toronto to play a series of Saturday nights at Toronto's famed Rex Jazz Club. We then embarked on a successful tour of Ontario and Quebec this Fall. We're now taking  a few months off to write, record and plan a nationwide Spring tour for 2005. In the meantime, the band will be featured in two major american music magazines, Kevin and Jayme will appear in Frets magazine this winter and Jayme will grace the cover of Banjo Newsletter. In other news, Kevin was just awarded a Toronto Arts Council Composition Grant.

Tricycle recieves regular nationwide radio play on the CBC as well as Jazz FM in Toronto and community and college stations around the country. ‘emerge and see’ was chosen as the ‘pick of the week’ by All About Jazz and featured on the website’s front page. The record was recently chosen as one of CBC's Fresh Air's Favourite CD's of 2004.

The band is currently booking an extensive tour of the Canada and New England for Spring and Summer of 2005.

Jayme Stone (banjo) composes music and plays the banjo with an earthiness, quirkiness and vibrancy that’ll leave you with ears wide open, thinking, “that’s a banjo?” Jayme began playing eight years ago, learning the repertoire, technique and lore of old-time and bluegrass music. He has studied with banjo elders Tony Trischka, Alan Munde, and most recently, Béla Fleck. Jayme has received grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Councils for the Arts for study, composition and travel. He has played folk, jazz, african, classical and free-improvised music with the likes of Tim Posgate, Nick Fraser, Jean Martin, Oliver Schroer, Lori Cullen, Jennifer Gilmor, Mansa Sissoko and Andrew Downing.

Kevin Manaugh (guitars) is a guitarist and composer engaged in jazz, roots, african and classical music. His career has taken him from Prague to Paris, Utah to Toronto. Kevin can be heard playing with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Kelly Jefferson, Jonathan Marks and Julie Michaels. He has performed and recorded with songsters Reid Jamieson and Michael Johnston. Kevin pursued his formal music training at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, where he studied with ECM pianist Art Lande and guitar virtuoso Tuck Andress. Kevin was recently awarded a Toronto Arts Council Composition Grant.

Kevin Coady (drums & percussion) hails from Newfoundland, where he began a love affair with things that make noise at an early age. He hasn’t stopped since, experimenting with the textures of percussion and playing with Big Rude Jake, Jack Zorawski and Joel Miller. He studied music with Andre White at McGill University and has performed at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival and the Sound Symposium in St. John’s. Kevin is interested in time travel, perpetual motion (it’s what he does best) and tricycles.

Paul Mathew (double bass) divides his time between acoustic and electric bass, guitar and voice, and has performed and recorded with several groups over the past eight years. Paul graduated from University of Toronto in 2002 with a Jazz Performance degree. When not with Tricycle, Paul can be found playing guitar with Zam-Cab (world-beat) and The Listener; acoustic bass with Dan Goldman and Craig Cardiff (folk-rock); and electric bass with Devin Stoneham (rock) and Exit Man (jazz). Paul also leads a pop-trio called myonlyday, where he sings, plays guitar and writes the music.

Discography

Our debut CD, 'emerge and see' was released April 2004. The album receives heavy airplay throughout Canada on the CBC, Jazz FM in Toronto and College and community stations all over the country.

Set List

Two sets of original music. Every show will be a bit different. Usually two sets with intermission.