The Core Trio has performed in New York at the ShapeShifter Lab, Downtown Music Gallery, Goodbye Blue Monday, the Douglas Street Collective, and ABC No Rio, and in venues throughout Houston including Ovations Jazz Club, Cezanne Jazz Club and the Cullen Theatre at the University of St. Thomas. They have released four CD's, the latest with renown pianist Matthew Shipp on the European Evil Rabbit Label. They have performed and recorded with Matthew Shipp, Steve Swell, Tim Hagans, and Robert Boston. In the liner notes for their second CD recording Matthew Shipp described The Core Trio: “The configuration of musicians on this disc are engaging in an improvisational dialogue of high level interplay, high concept, intense musicality and exquisite taste. Nothing is rushed, nothing is forced, everything feels natural – and though experimental in sound nothing feels brittle -- they all understand the resonance of pitch as it relates to the overall sound world of this group. And what’s most important is that the players sound like there is a real sense of joy in the making of the music that can’t help but rub off on the listener – in other words this is a beautiful, beautiful experience.” Thomas Helton is the Artistic Director of the Houston Composer’s Salon. Equally adept at playing jazz, classical, experimental and avant-garde music, Mr. Helton continues to push and redefine the possibilities of his instrument by embracing extended performance techniques and new compositional forms. His music has been performed throughout Houston and has been featured at performances at the Mark Morris Dance Center and the Downtown Music Gallery. He has also performed at the Stone, ShapeShhifter Lab and the Jazz Loft in New York and with musicians such as Mark Dresser, Rufus Reid, Tim Hagans and Michael Fomaneck. He has been awarded a residency at the prestigious Atlantic Center for the Arts; a Takt Artist Residency in Berlin; a DiverseWorks Artist Residency; and grants for his compositions from the Houston Arts Alliance. Seth Paynter is a Houston-based saxophonist and composer whose music has been presented throughout Houston, and in New York by the FONT Festival. The New York-based drummer Joe Hertenstein has performed extensively in the US and Europe; upcoming performances for Mr. Hertenstein include Jazz at Lincoln Center this August. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is pleased to present this music-only evening so MATCH audiences can enjoy this amazing ensemble.