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Domino Ensemble


Domino Ensemble

May 8, 2021


Domino Ensemble
Jorge Variego (saxophone and compositions)
Jon Hamar (double bass)
Keith Brown (drums)

Video on Demand will be available post-live stream

till May 10, 2021 @11:59PM EST


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Event Info


The upcoming live set at the ShapeShifter Lab consists of a selection of works from the ensemble’s latest EP Drunken Raccoon (2020) and the group’s first album Purple Ego (Centaur – 2019). Drunken Raccoon is the ensemble’s recent exploration in trio format that fuses elements of tango, jazz, free improvisation and electronics. The EP includes new works that feature the tenor saxophone in trio format. Drunken Raccoon, Polish Vodka, and Recontextualizations (a personal homage to Anthony Braxton)are included in the live set among other works.

The Domino Ensemble transits a path between jazz, tango, free improvisation and electronic music. Its sound is at the same time all of those things and none of them. The unique programming and receptiveness of the ShapeShifter Lab are an excellent fit for our experimentations. We are thrilled to be part!




Take Off Collective members Ole Mathisen (sax), Matthew Garrison (bass) and Marko Djordjevic (drums) became friends at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as the second millennium was winding down. Since then, they have built careers as bandleaders; sidemen to world renown notables as well as unique and innovative instrumentalist. 

Their eclectic tastes, penchant for honest and unpremeditated improvisation and a thirty-year strong friendship brought them to a musical situation different from any other they have taken part in to date. 

Neither leaders nor sidemen, they are real-time composers and performers of music that is invented on stage in front of an audience. Their music has been described as virtuosic, adventurous, intense, innovative, disorienting, provocative, engaging… 

Each Take Off Collective concert is a moment ceasing, supremely intimate, music-transcending event.

About the Music and Musicians


An unreleased version of Drunken Raccoon

The complete Purple ego is on Spotify and other streaming sites.

About the musicians:

Our Founding Director Jorge Variego (clarinets, saxophone and compositions) was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is currently on the Music Theory and Composition faculty at the University of Tennessee and is the composition program coordinator at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created and performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. His music can be heard on Naxos, Albany, Parma Records, Centaur, CMMAS, and others.

Among his research endeavors, his book Composing with Constraints will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Jorge is also the founder director of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble, a student group dedicated to free improvisation with electronic media.


Keith Brown (drums) is a Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee where he teaches applied drum set and is the Director of Jazz Bands and coordinator of small jazz ensembles.

He is an active performer playing regularly with several groups including the trio Boling, Brown, & Holloway, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra where he has performed with (among others) Monty Alexander, Mulgrew Miller, Hank Jones, John Clayton, Maceo Parker, Wycliffe Gordon, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Terrel Stafford, Conrad Herwig, Dan Trudell, Stefon Harris, Karrin Allyson, Gregory Porter, Ingrid Jensen, John Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Eric Reed, James Morrison, and Warren Wolf. He is currently a Meinl cymbal and Innovative Percussion endorser.

Jon Hamar (double bass) is a versatile artist whose ability to find a tasteful, unique voice in any musical situation has made him a staple in the music scene.

Hamar’s friendly nature, sense of humor and work ethic has kept him busy as a freelance bassist in multiple performance genres.

In 2012 Jon joined the faculty at the Centrum Jazz Workshop under the Artistic Direction of John Clayton.  While living in Seattle Jon taught at Central Washington University, Northwest University and Edmonds Community College as well as maintaining a private studio.  In Fall of 2015 Hamar joined the faculty of Natalie Haslam School of Music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. http://www.jonhamar.com/


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