Triptych is a trio with violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. As a compositional collective they are creating new repertoire that draws on the traditions of jazz, contemporary classical, and American roots music. While Brock, Ulery, and Deitemyer have been playing together for over a decade in various ensembles and have recorded together extensively, Triptych marks their first collective endeavor. The music is an unorthodox combination of post-Romantic classical, Appalachian, and American jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.
Chicago-based bassist/composer and bandleader Matt Ulery has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk– specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba. Ulery has produced and released 6 albums of all original music under his name including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim, “By a Little Light,” “Wake an Echo,” and “In the Ivory,” on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label in 2012-2014. Ulery has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Jimmy Chamberlin, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker and many others. As a composer, Ulery has collaborated with ensembles such as eighth blackbird and the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. When not touring parts of the U.S. and Europe, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago area music venues and has performed with his groups at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and countless other fine music listening rooms.
Heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation,” Zach Brock is an award-winning jazz violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. The Chicago Tribune recognized Zach’s latest recording ”Perpetuity” as one of it’s “top ten jazz recordings of 2014” and Downbeat Magazine’s 61st Annual Critics Poll named Zach it’s “Rising Star” Violinist of 2013. Zach’s acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and festivals like “Tudo é Jazz” in Ouro Preto, Brazil, while his reputation as a sideman has spread through collaborations with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, Grammy-award-winning super-group Snarky Puppy, and contemporary jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Dave Liebman. In 2012 Zach became the first violinist ever to record for Criss Cross Records in it’s 32-year history and 2015 will see his third release for the acclaimed Dutch label. In addition to touring and recording, Zach has represented the U.S. Department of State as a Musical Ambassador in the Solomon Islands, has been a featured soloist for two Sundance Festival feature film scores, and is currently “Artist In Residence” at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA.
As the drummer of choice for a vast array of incredible musicians, Jon Deitemyer embodies the warmth, sincerity, and diversity of the music that he creates. His approach to the instrument is eminently supportive: equally comfortable in a swinging piano trio or a hard-hitting fusion band. Patricia Barber raves "Jon Deitemyer is the drummer everyone wants right now," (source) and his resume only echoes the sentiment In only a short professional career, he has collaborated with Patricia Barber, Matt Ulery, Zach Brock, Grazyna Auguscik, Phil Markowitz, Ben Paterson, Philip Dizack, Lynne Arriale, Russ Johnson, and countless others. Jon has contributed his craft to dozens of albums, and recordings of his drumming can be heard on the Concord, Greenleaf, Origin, ears&eyes, and MaxJazz labels. Jon earned his formal music education at the esteemed University of North Texas, where he studied with Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, and the legendary drummer Ed Soph. An extended workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts afforded him the opportunity to work alongside Clarence Penn, Dave Douglas, and Jason Moran while developing his unique brand of drumming and composition. He is currently an active educator himself, with teaching positions at Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Academy for the Arts.