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Framework Performed at McNally Smith Faculty Artist Performance Series

McNally Smith College of Music continues its Faculty Artist Performance Series with an evening of modern jazz from a group made up of some of the Twin Cities’ premier musicians, Framework. The group features McNally Smith faculty member Chris Olson on guitar along with Chris Bates (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums). The performance will be a CD Release Concert for the group’s new self-titled disc. Framework will perform on Wednesday, February 25, at 7:00 PM at the McNally Smith Auditorium, 19 E. Exchange St. in St. Paul. Admission is free and open to the public and the concert will be followed by a reception.

Framework has been performing around the Twin Cities since 1997. The group is often found performing at the Artists’ Quarter in downtown St. Paul, and was recently featured on the “Almanac” show on TPT (Twin Cities Public Television). Their repertoire consists of both originals and well-chosen interpretations of works by Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland and other jazz innovators.  Their modern jazz is equal parts riveting and hypnotic.  Chris Olson, who has performed in genres ranging from jazz and classical to rock and country, presents a strong foundation of melody in his intriguing guitar lines. His sound seems to be as informed by saxophone as it is the fusion style that emerges. Chris Bates was a member of The Motion Poets and is currently performing in a number of groups and as a highly in-demand sideman.  Another busy A-lister, Jay Epstein is a drummer with exceptional touch on the cymbals, giving him a signature sound to go with his unflappable beat. Epstein is a member of Red Planet (along with Bates and Dean Magraw), among many other projects.

The McNally Smith Faculty Artist Performance Series is an excellent opportunity to catch this spellbinding group in a concert setting.