Matt Flinner Trio
Sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz and American acoustic music, the virtuosic collaboration between esteemed mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Grant Gordy and bassist Sam Bevan is a finely tuned compositional machine. The trio frequently writes new music the day of any given show and performs it as part of that night’s concert. The resulting push to constantly create new material and challenge themselves to find new sounds and textures has led the trio to a unique sound all their own, and has stretched the boundaries of what a bluegrass trio can do.
Stylistically, the group is self-defined as “deeply-rooted new acoustic music,” and Flinner himself “blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde (Associated Press).” Originally a banjo player, Flinner won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990 and then returned and took the same prize the following year on mandolin. Flinner showcased his mastery of the bluegrass style and genre and was driven to seek greater degrees of musical maturity through jazz and classical studies. “Bluegrass and jazz are both improvisational American art forms,” says Flinner. “We strive to see what we can do with the (bluegrass) genre and play with it a bit, hopefully creating a unique form from these various streams of music we love.”
Grant Gordy – A Brooklyn-based guitarist, Grant has been a major voice on the American “acoustic music” scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, he has also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Montreal Jazz Festival; Jazz at Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo,
Sam Bevan – Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area. He is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, R&B, folk and Afro-Cuban disciplines joyously intermingle. Throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including, David Grisman, Roswell Rudd, Joshua Redman, Kenny Washington, Stacey Kent, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur and many more.