THE SUPPLICANTS: Three Instruments in Improvisational Dialogue

Established in 1999, The Supplicants have developed an uncanny ability to hear where each of the other musician’s ideas are headed and to provide either a supporting rhythmic groove, harmonic framework, or melodic idea that takes the music to new levels.

The members of The Supplicants have played with greats such as Etta James, Cecil Taylor and Omar Sosa, and cite influences such as Charles Mingus, Ravi Shankar, Sun Ra, and Jean Michel Basquiat. Saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis), bassist David Ewell, and drummer Sameer Gupta start from scratch for each performance, channeling their inspiration into freely improvised musical moments.

The Supplicants believe in the spiritual qualities of music. Their music is firmly rooted in the past while pointing to the future using the moments of ‘now’ to express what is truly happening.

David Boyce: tenor/soprano sax, bass clarinet
Sameer Gupta: drumset
David Ewell: acoustic bass

“The band soars with the fiery grace of A Love Supreme-era Coltrane.”
—Jonathan Zwickel, SF Bay Guardian

“The music of The Supplicants is so much more than an intricately woven framework of sounds, beats, and melodies. It is an experience. The level of emotion with which they play is so deep, so personal, and the energy so pure that it is almost as if existence, or being itself, creeps most surprisingly yet receptively into our souls.”
—Drew Foxman, All About Jazz

“A rare breed of spontaneous creators that defy musical categorization even within the jazz idiom, The Supplicants dazzled with virtuosity in this rare intimate setting.”
—Intersection for the Arts

$10 – $15 admission. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show at 8:00 pm.

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