SMP: Twin Talk + Sun Speak

@ Slate Arts and Performance

Monday, February 19 ~~ 8PM

Twin Talk and Sun Speak play at Slate!

Doors at 7:30 // Music at 8

$5 suggested donation and BYOB!


Twin Talk

Chicago band Twin Talk has been steadily gaining notoriety for their offbeat melodic approach to creative improvised music. Drummer Andrew Green, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst have focused their creative energies on exploring collaborative musical communication. Much like the phenomenon of cryptophasia ("twin speak") in identical twins, the band shares an ever-expanding musical language that is deeply personal and highly connected.

The three musicians have an affinity for melody and nuance, but the fabled Chicago tradition of improvised music has had its affect on the band. Chicago’s legacy of creative improvisers has had a profound influence on the band's defiant risk-taking and spontaneity.

Twin Talk has been featured at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Music Summit, and tours frequently throughout the US.

"three musicians responding to one another in subtly nuanced ways, and in a music that's as lyrical as it is transparent." - Chicago Tribune

“Collaborative trio Twin Talk’s eponymous release is a cohesive and original album that brims with a vibrant fluidity and a poetic sense. It is simultaneously angular and melodic, and is provocative and enchanting. The members of the trio weave their distinctive sounds into a charismatic collective expression that instead of sublimating their individualities, it highlights them.” - Chicago Jazz Magazine


Sun Speak

Chicago duo SUN SPEAK comprises longtime collaborators Matt Gold (guitars) and Nate Friedman (drums). The band has been praised for "combining the restrained virtuosity and microscopically intimate precision of a string quartet with playfulness and wide-open feel (Chicago Reader)." SUN SPEAK has released two albums on ears&eyes Records and their own Genghis Records imprint, and their newest project finds the duo working with vocalist/composer Sara Serpa.