Impulse Ensemble comprises Derrick Jordan, Jim Matus, and Tony Vacca. They are three incredible musicians with a keen interest in redefining American music by incorporating multiple perspectives, styles, and traditions to create a unique and innovative sound.
Vacca is an innovative percussionist, composer, and producer. Over the course of his career he has made a habit of pushing the already adventurous conventions of world music into new territory, both as a soloist and as the leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble.
Jordan is an award-winning composer and singer-songwriter, a producer, multi-instrumentalist (electric violin, guitar, keyboard, vocals, and percussion), and recording artist. He performs his songs solo as a singer-songwriter, instrumentally on the five-string electric violin under the name SuperString Theory, and in many groups, including Tony Vacca and the World Rhythms Ensemble, Zabap!, Natural History, and Simba.
Matus is the creator of the world fusion bands Paranoise and Mawwal, which have won him critical praise internationally and redefined how East could meet West. He has worked live and in the studio with musicians Don Cherry, Percy Jones, Anthony Jackson, Soft Machine’s Hugh Hopper, and Klezmatic’s Alicia Svigals. He attended Berklee College of Music, and studied with Pat Metheny and John Scofield.
For more information and to listen to some samples of this incredible trio visit www.impulseensemble.com.
The opening band Aura Shards is a Brattleboro-based hand pan duo composed of Anders Burrows and Jed Blume. Presenting all original compositions, Aura Shards features a selection of hand pans in different keys and styles, accompanied by an assortment of percussion and drone instruments. The size and complexity of the sound belies the number of instruments involved, weaving complex soundscapes that are at once both rhythmically intricate and engaging, yet also meditative and soothing.
For more information and to hear samples of Aura Shards visit www.facebook.com/AuraShardsVT.
For more information or tickets visit www.stonechurchvt.com or call (802) 579-9960.