- November 18, 2018 at 7:00pm
- CSPS Hall
- $20 advance | $25 door
Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw on international rhythms and idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical tradition.
Variously hailing from Boston, Finland, Ohio and Vermont, individual members of the ensemble have performed alongside everyone from John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, and Sheila Jordan, to Bucky Pizzarelli. Anick and Soikkeli have been singled out for praise by Downbeat, The New Yorker and The Huffington Post, which praised their “virtuosity, and a joyful abandon that is downright infectious.” The Wall Street Journal has called the quartet “the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django,” while Tommy Emmanuel raves “These young men are incredible! Don’t miss them, their dedication and love of music.” The ensemble’s previous album, Travels, was named one of the top records of the year by All About Jazz. Their latest, scheduled for release October 28, seems certain to attract even more acclaim.