The Sky is a Suitcase is dedicated to improvisation. Their songs are personal – about dreams, places, people and memories. These memories manifest their mood in the melodies and rhythms the group uses to express themselves in the moment. The Sky is a Suitcase imbues in their music the fullness of their collective humanity as a band and the intricacies of their relationships. Raymond Larsen (trumpet) and Levi Gillis (tenor saxophone) sing, whisper, hum, and shout, always moving the music upward with energy and hope. Carmen Rothwell (bass) and Mike Gebhart (drums), inspired by the great bass/drum teams before them, boil with energy and revel in icy stasis. The combined force of the horns and the rhythm section shares a new story, while creatively honoring the history of jazz music.
The Sky is a Suitcase finds inspiration in the music of Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian. Larsen and Rothwell received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear award for “Emerging Artist of the Year.”
Crystal Pascucci is a cellist, composer and improviser. As a performer, she is most active in the contemporary and experimental music communities. As a composer, she has researched vocal transcription and performative scoring of vocal inflections and rhythms. A graduate of Mills College, she is an active performer of free improvisation. She has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Pamela Z, William Winant Ensemble, the late David Wessel, Ellen Fullman, Greg Saunier, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins David Behrman and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. She’s been a featured performer at Soundwave Festival, Hot Air Festival and Switchboard Festival. Crystal writes for and performs with Two Aerials and performs solo cello with electronics.
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