trio \ DEF performs and composes contemporary jazz that reflects a broad range of influences from free improvisation to more composed forms, from atmospheric soundscapes to more earthy expressions. A compelling, original ensemble sound rooted in late-sixties/early-seventies experimentation fused with European-style texturalism. Formed in 2012, trio \ DEF has showcased at university concerts, masterclasses, live radio/internet “simulcasts & jazz festivals. Featuring musicians born & raised in Canada’s national capital, the busy player/educators have just released their debut recording (Drouin/Eagles/Froman) on the TetraArtist imprint. Among their many influences: Gateway (John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack Dejohnette), Miroslav Vitous, David Torn, Tony Williams’ Lifetime & New Lifetime, Terje Rypdal.
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2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival:
Spearheaded by Ottawa’s outstanding guitarist and improviser Wayne
Eagles, this group brings together two other fantastic artists from New York
City and Montreal. Marc-Andre Drouin is a Berkley educated bassist
currently living in Montreal, having spent time in Boston and Los Angeles.
Wayne Eagles is a long-time performance instructor and ensemble director
for the Music program at Carleton University in Ottawa, who has worked with
such artists as Billy Kilson and Adam Nussbaum, with many acclaimed
recordings. NYC’s Ian Froman was mentored by Elvin Jones and Miroslav