"Quirky (catchy even) melodies that approach time and space in a playful way are written into relatively compact forms. The more challenging, ornate stuff comes through the band's improvisations. Although it often might seem like the groove is thrown out with the bathwater, it's often still there amidst the chaos; obliquely implied, deeply camouflaged an undetected gravitational pull keeping the planet just within orbit. " - Hearts & Minds @ Uncanned Music Over/Out Series, Bar DeVille: 11/19/2013
"Stein is exhilarating, a young master of his fiendishly difficult horn. Stein is a player to look out for." - Chris May, All About Jazz
Hearts and Minds is a Chicago-based jazz/experimental collective trio comprised of Jason Stein (Locksmith Isidore, Russ Johnson Quartet) on bass clarinet, Paul Giallorenzo (Gitgo, Breakway) on synth, and Frank Rosaly (Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Young Mothers) on drums.
"Stein stands apart from the standard instrumental lineage. Whereas a player like Eric Dolphy or Michel Portal builds on wide intervallic leaps and verticality, Stein (like Michel Pilz, Rudi Mahall or John Tchicai) operates in a horizontal fashion, favoring a breadth of twists and turns more sideways than anything else, woven into a post-Ornette fabric."- Clifford Allen, All About Jazz
Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode.
Frank Rosaly (Francisco Javier Rosaly Amoros Rosello - b. 5/30/74 Phoenix, AZ) is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago's musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.
Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Matana Robert's Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams' Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz’s Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston's Chicago Quintet and others. Some performances in the recent past include collaborations with Thurston Moore, Peter Brotzmann, Tony Malaby, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Walter Weirbos, Joan of Arc, White/Light, Male, Fennesz, Green Pasture Happiness, among many others.
Rosaly leads a sextet, Cicada Music, featuring James Falzone (cl), Jason Stein (bcl) and Keefe Jackson (cbcl), Jason Asasiewicz (vb), and Jason Roebke (b) performing music inspired by the cinematic experience. Frank also leads Green and Gold, a quintet featuring Cameron Pfiffner (reeds), Nick Mazzarella (alto), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Anton Hatwich (bass) exploring the music collaborations of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons.
He is also involved in a solo project called Milkwork: a study in integration of electronically manipulated percussion instruments, improvising dense sound walls with controlled feedback, overdriven amplified drums. Frank blends sound-scapes designed through analog electronic synthesis with extended techniques on unamplified drum set.
Frank organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, a weekly showcase of creative music at the Skylark in Chicago. Frank is also faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Frank earned a performance degree from Northern Arizona University. He has studied with Billy Higgins, Peter Donald, Bob Moses, Joel DiBartolo, Dom Moio, Steve Hemphill, Robert Schulz, Michael Vatcher and with the staff at the Jazz Record Mart.
Paul Giallorenzo was born and raised in NY, Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer who uses piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise.
Current projects and releases include GitGO (Leo, 482 reeds/brass/piano/bass/drums); Paul Giallorenzo Trio featuring Ingebrigt Håker Flaten + Tim Daisy (Nottwo Records, piano/bass/drums); Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira, clarinet/piano); Breakway (Peira, synthesizers/piano/percussion); Masul (Creative Sources, (bass saxophone/electronics). Previously funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Swiss Benevolence Society. Performances in Europe, Brazil and throughout the US including a 2010 appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival. Producer, organizer, co-founder, director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.