The North

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    Romain Collin, Shawn Conley, & Abe Lagrimas, Jr.


The North


Monday Jan 14 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $20.00
General Admission: $25.00
Students with ID: $20.00


About the Performance:

Last February, jazz trio The North debuted at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. After a whirlwind year of solo musical success, pianist Romain Collin, bassist Shawn Conley, and drummer Abe Lagrimas, Jr., regroup for a Honolulu show on Jan. 14.

Judging by their accomplishments, this will be a show jazz aficionados will not want to miss. Here’s what the three of them have been up to.

French-born, New York-based pianist and composer Romain Collin has played with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter. He returns to the U.S. following a European tour, playing trio and solo shows in Holland, France, Switzerland, and Turkey. In addition, this year saw the release of his second album, The Calling, on Palmetto records, earning rave reviews. Romain has also had his compositions featured in several short films that were premiered in his hometown, New York City.

Since The North performed at the Doris Duke Theatre earlier this year, Hawai‘i-born, New York-based bassist Shawn Conley shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman as part of the chamber orchestra the Knights, played with one of his heroes, the saxophonist Mark Turner, and just finished his first teaching semester at Ithaca College. He also served as guest bassist for acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider, with whom he appeared at the theater in October, when they performed with Kayhan Kalhor.

Hawai‘i-raised Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (now based in Los Angeles) is still high off performing in the semifinals of the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Drums Competition held in Washington, D.C., in September. Lagrimas was one of 12 semifinalists selected out of hundreds of entrants from around the world. The competition, open to musicians age 30 and under, is considered by many in the jazz community to be the most prestigious jazz competition in the world. Lagrimas was just in Honolulu in December, when he performed in the Don Tiki Hot Lava Holiday Show at the Doris Duke Theatre, and went on with the band to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. To top it off, Lagrimas teamed up with Honolulu saxophonist Reggie Padilla to record the CD Almost Home, just released this month.

The mixing and mastering of The North’s debut CD, Slow Down this isn’t the Mainland, has just been completed. It will be released later this year, along with the mini-documentary about the band.

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