A Concert of Original & Improvised Music with Aaron Staebell & Beverly and Matt Bent & Kaleidoscope Collective

Friday, Jun 07, 2019 - 7:30 PM

UUU Art Collective

153 State Street Rochester, NY 14614

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This concert is a presentation of new compositions by active musicians in Rochester’s improvised music scene. Both bandleaders happen to be percussionists.


*****Advance tickets available soon*****


“Aaron Staebell and Beverly” will be headlining the concert and premiering all new works.

Aaron Staebell hails from Buffalo, NY and has lived in Rochester, NY since 2001. Jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer described Aaron as having “swing, energy and musicianship to a remarkable degree” and said, “I would hire him. My utmost praise.” Having earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Staebell is an in-demand performer, clinician and composer both locally and nationwide.

As a performer, Staebell is active as both a drummer and percussionist. He has played with such visionaries as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Tony Malaby. He has performed with smooth jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and is a member of the Brownman Electryc Trio (Toronto, CA). He also spent time as the drummer for the hip-hop syndicate ”Gruvasylum” featuring Mad Dukez and for jazz vocalist Madeline Forster.

As a composer, Aaron is gaining a reputation as a fresh voice in the musical landscape. His compositions for percussion soloist and ensembles blend a wide variety of influences, from classical to jazz, along with modern pop and contemporary music as well. Since 2008, he has been the Composer-in-Residence for the West Shore Central Schools (Harrisburg, PA) “Day of Percussion” and previously held that title at Fairport High School (Rochester, NY).

Recent works for percussion include The State of Things for percussion quartet and laptop, The Seven Virtues for percussion trio, and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, for percussion quartet and projected images. His self-published book, Alternative Solos for Snare Drum, makes use of contemporary techniques, notation and sounds within the snare drum solo repertoire.

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“Matt Bent & Kaleidoscope Collective” will be premiering new compositions by multiple members of the band.


Matt Bent is a drummer and composer based in Brooklyn & Rochester, NY. Matt has been an active voice in Rochester’s improvised music scene as a sideman in groups such as Claude Bennington’s Fever Dream, Slam Dunk, Horse Flip, Tyrone Allen’s Electric Mind Traveler, Brahim, Nathan Kay Group & The Saplings.

Kaleidoscope Collective is his debut project as a composer/bandleader, featuring compositions inspired by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Joe Henderson, Paul Motian & more.

Kaleidoscope Collective Features other young musicians and composers in Rochester: Ryder Eaton (bass), Yvonne Rogers (piano), Abe Nouri (trombone), Rowan Wolf (woodwinds), & Geraldo Marshall (trumpet)