Matra is a percussion-based ensemble that performs original compositions. Matra finds its influences in a wide variety of genres, including jazz, classical, Indian, world, bluegrass, and prog-rock. Matra consists of Andres Crovetti on Vibraphone, Jenny Klukken on Marimba, Ryan Hays on bass, Mathew Solace on drum set, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla.
Featuring Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose on banjo, Sam Genualdi on electric guitar, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla, Piciformes covers everything from homegrown, folk-inspired melodies to mathy, instrumental arrangements.
They are due to release an EP in summer of 2017.
Minneapolis trio Despejada draws equal inspiration from Indian classical tabla music, flamenco, and American jazz. Accordionist/pianist Steven Hobert (Firely Forest, Oudyano) is a fearless improviser who has performed with Dean Magraw, oud player Issam Rafea, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tabla player Krissy Bergmark (Matra, Piciformes) is a winner of both the Jerome Travel & Study Grant and the Next Step Fund for her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai, India. She holds a masters degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota. Guitarist Ben Abrahamson (Lulu's Playground, Zorongo Flamenco) has been commissioned to compose for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Macalester College Big Band, and Muhlenberg College Theater & Dance. His passion for flamenco guitar drove him to Taller de Músics School of Music in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied under Juan Ramón Caro.