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Minerva at Merrimans' Playhouse

TICKET Information:
$10 Advanced
$12 Door
$5 Student (with ID).

Buy Tickets early, we have limited seating. Call to purchase tickets using a credit card. All ages show. Come early to get a good seat. Parking available at The Farmer's Market lot, along the treeline area. Light Refreshments available. Donations appreciated. You may bring your own refreshments.

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Monday, May 20, 2013
7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00.

Merrimans' Playhouse
1211 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615

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“The trio manages to create a wonderful synthesis of styles, grounded in jazz but leaning towards modern classical with lots of improvisation. This is not about fast runs on the keys or uptempo pyrotechnics, but about mature music woven lightly but solidly out of thin sounds.” (Review on Free Jazz Blog, July 2011)

Minerva is a collective trio featuring Carlo Costa on drums, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass, and JP Schlegelmilch on piano. The trio explores the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Their music ranges from areas of static minimalism to dense and dynamic gestures, embracing both stark dissonance and open-hearted lyricism.
Minerva recorded a full-legnth CD “Saturnismo” in August 2010 that was released on Between the Lines Records in May 2011. It features compositions by all three band members as well as collective improvisations.

Carlo Costa - Merrimans' Playhouse
(photo by Russ Heller)

Carlo Costa - Merrimans' Playhouse
(photo by Georgia Nuzzo)


JP Schlegelmilch - Merrimans' Playhouse

JP Schegelmilch - Merrimans' Playhouse








Pascal Niggenkemper - Merrimans' Playhouse

Pascal Niggenkemper - Merrimans' Playhouse




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The Artists

Carlo Costa

Carlo Costa was born in Rome, Italy. In 2001 he moved to Boston to study music. SInce 2005 he's been living in New York City where he regularly performas as a leader and co-leader of varioius projects, as well as a sideman. In the past few years he has performed in Austria, Italy, Norway, Macedonia, France and the US in a wide variety of contexts. Carlo currently leads or co-leads the bands Minerva, a duo with guitarist Ryan Ferreira, Natura Morta (a trio with violist Frantz Loriot and bassist Sean Ali), the Carlo Costa Quartet (with trombonist Steve Swell, saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and bassist Sean Ali), and the large ensemble Acustica.

Other projects include Crepuscular Activity with Japanese flutist Yukari, and he has also worked with Kenny Warren's Laila and Smitty, Shayna Dulberger Quartet, and Jean-brice Godet's Mujo Quartet.

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Carlo Costa - Merrimans' Playhouse
(photo by Jonathan Montz)


JP Schlegelmilch

JP Schlegelmilch is a Brooklyn-based pianist, accordionist, electric keyboardist and composer. Born in New Hampshire, JP began instruction in classical piano at age 6 and went on to study music at Berklee College of Music and SUNY Purchase. JP moved to Brooklyn in 2006, being drawn to the vibrant music scene in New York City which offered an environment where he could pursue his many different musical interests. JP has studied jazz and improvisation with Fred Hersch, Ralph Alessi, and Marc Helias. He also studied classical piano with Sophia Rosoff and harmony and counterpoint with Paul Caputo.

Current projects include the jazz quartet Old Time Musketry whcih has released its debut record in October 2012, the organ-trio Put a Motor In
, the avant-garede jazz quartet Two of Anything, and the experimental instrumental rock group NOOK whose debut album was nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2009. In addition to his own groups, JP has performed with the indie-classical chamber group Fireworks Ensemble; avant-jazz legend Tim Berne; and played on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild. JP also frequently plays with rock bands and has toured the country with the chamber-pop group The Silent League, and the indie rock singer Abby Payne.

In each musical project JP seeks to synthesize his diverse musical interests, creating a personal and non-genre-specific music. He strives to continually enrich his musical language through studying various musical traditions including jazz, experimental music, classical music, and folk music from around the world.

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JP Schlegelmilch - Merrimans' Playhouse


Pascal Niggenkemper

German-french bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper has been living in New York City since 2005. He is active in the creative music scene in the US and Europe. He moved in 1999 to Cologne where he studied jazz & classical double bass at Hochschule für Musik. From 2008 to 2010 Pascal led the PNTrio with Tyshawn Sorey and Robin Verheyen. (CD "pasàpas" Konnex 2008 & “urban creatures” JazzHausMusik 2010). The trio toured extensively in Europe, and performances include the Jazzcologne Festival, Jazzherbst Konstanz and at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed the septet Vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vive le Jazz in Cologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris and will perform at Pori Jazz in Finland in July 2013.

In September 2011 Pascal released the CD/LP Upcoming Hurricane, with Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver on NoBusiness Records which is listed among 'Albums of the year' 2011 in the 'The New York City Jazz Record'. The trio performed in Canada and the USA in 2012.

He recently recorded a new solo program called: So : Lo . w music for bass & shade. Pascal is also co-leadingwith the groups BaLoNi; PascAli, a duo for two prepared basses with Sean Ali; and Speaking Tube with Emilie Lesbros and Frantz Loriot.

As a sideman he is a member of Thomas Heberer’s Clarino, Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Joe Hertenstein’s HNH and Polylemma Joe Morris's Abstract Forest, among others.

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Pascal Niggenkemper - Merrimans' Playhouse

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