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Elsa Nilsson’s Pulses + Sasha Berliner

Elsa Nilsson's Pulses + Sasha Berliner

October 13, 2024 @ 8:30 pm 10:30 pm

2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057 United States
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Doors at 8:00pm

8:30pm – Elsa Nilsson’s Pulses

Elsa Nilsson – Flutes and FX
Santiago Leibson – Piano
Marty Kenney – Bass
Rodrigo Recabarren – Drums

9:45pm – Sasha Berliner

Line up TBA

“Naturally percussive, with an ever-expanding grasp of harmony and counterpoint […] vibraphonist Sasha Berliner is one of the most exciting voices in jazz today.”

– Andrew Bradbury, Stetson Stories
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews and avant garde

Sasha Berliner

 Described as a “young mallet master” by JazzTimes, Sasha Berliner is an award-winning vibraphonist and composer based in both the NYC and Los Angeles areas. The Downbeat Critics Poll #1 Rising Star Vibraphonist and Jazz Journalists’ Association runner-up for Vibraphonist of the Year has notably shared the stage for recent projects with Christian McBride, Tyshawn Sorey, Marcus Gilmore, Justin Brown, and Cecile McLorin Salvant. She leads her own quintet for international touring.

Her third studio album, an electronic-acoustic hybrid project entitled “Axial,” is slated for release in January 2025 through the Outside In Music record label.


Elsa Nilsson’s Pulses

As the recipient of the 2022 CMA New Jazz Works grant, Elsa Nilsson – Band Of Pulses explores the intersection between spoken language and jazz. “Pulses” uses the voice of Maya Angelou reading “On The Pulse Of Morning” as the foundation for compositions and improvisations, highlighting the intrinsic musicality of her voice by supporting and amplifying the harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic content. In their deep dive, they found clear echoes of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane in her phrasing, the blues implicitly and explicitly expressed in her pitches, and an intense sense of groove in her rhythms. The ethos of this piece is to highlight that connection and bring the beauty of jazz as communication to the forefront.

Leibson is one of the most sought-after pianists in the New York contemporary jazz scene and has played multiple solo recitals at Carnegie Hall as part of the “Sophia Rossoff Presents” series. Recabarren has worked with artists such as Guillermo Klein, Brad Shepik, Melissa Aldana, Camila Meza, Claudia Acuña, and many more. He and Elsa developed this piece together. Kenney is an equally creative and sought-after bass player, and together this band weaves intricate invitations to view jazz in a fresh light.

Elsa Nilsson