It begins with guitarist, Jordan Tice, because he wrote the music and hatched the plan. A plan that required specific musical (and other) qualities: thunderous lows, crystalline highs, percussive attacks, voluminous whomps, steady murmurs, driving rhythms, deft dynamics, and a constant supply of sarcasm. So, naturally, he called on his good friends Paul Kowert and Simon Chrisman, who with double bass and hammer dulcimer round out the Jordan Tice Trio. Like all bands, they wanted to sound like one thing, not three. And while they had a head start on this, having known each other, and played together in different configurations, for years, they were excited to get a chance to focus on their collaboration in a new way. Their debut record, The Secret History, released in December 2011, displays the fruits of their collaboration with 8 stunning tracks which draw on the groups shared background in traditional Appalachian and Celtic folk music, Tice's signature compositional style, and the spontaneous improvisational energy stemming from the group's musical and personal synergy. Visit www.JordanTice.com for more information.
Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer fromAnnapolis,Maryland. He graduated fromTowsonUniversityin 2009 and now makes his home in Boston ,Massachusetts, where he works as a guitarist, composer, producer, and educator. He has released three critically acclaimed records of original music under his own name as well as performed and recorded with musicians such as Mark Schatz and Friends, Frank Wakefield, The Dan Trueman/Brittany Haas Band, and Darol Anger. In addition to leading the Jordan Tice Trio featuring Paul Kowert and Simon Chrisman, he frequently collaborates with musicians such as The Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Lily Henley, Dan Trueman, Brittany Haas, and Mariel Vandersteel.
Originally fromMadison,Wisconsin, bassist Paul Kowert graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and currently lives inBrooklyn,New York. He spends most of his time touring as a member of the progressive bluegrass outfit Punch Brothers (featuring Chris Thile) but can also be found playing with Mike Marshall's Big Trio and the Jordan Tice Trio. His association with Punch Brothers has yielded two records on the Nonesuch label, "Antifogmatic" and the recently released "Who's Feeling Young Now?". He also appears on the records of artists such as Dierks Bentley, Fiona Apple, The Chieftans, and Sarah Jarosz.
From Bainbridge Island, Washington, hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings an unusual style to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world. He has performed with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, opened for Bill Frisell and, at the tender age of 16, was a scholarship guest artist at the prestigious Augusta Heritage Festival. He currently tours with The Bee Eaters, The Jeremy Kittel Band, and The Jordan Tice Trio.