yins, featuring Matt Blair (piano, keyboard, and effects) and Devin Drobka (drums, percussion, and effects) is a Midwest-based duo that bridges the gap between jazz, improvisation, experimental, and electronica music. The band offers listeners music that is constantly searching for new ground while still maintaining a warmth and love for the expressive possibilities of music.
The duo performs at Arts + Literature Laboratory on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets $8 in advance online at http://yins.bpt.me or $10 at the door. Online sales end one hour before the show. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Matt Blair is a pianist, composer, improviser, and educator currently based in Minneapolis, MN. As a pianist, he has performed with a number of groups in a variety of styles at venues including The Bay View Jazz Fest, Chicago’s Park West, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate and historic Pfister Hotel, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and The Trout Museum of Art. He has had the honor of performing with many great improvisers including John Christensen, Devin Drobka, José Encarnación, Hal Rammel, Dane Richeson, and Chris Weller. Along with Drobka and Christensen, he is currently in the process of developing a repertoire of original trio compositions to be performed and recorded in the near future.
Devin Drobka, drummer, composer and educator has been playing drums for the past 20 years. Devin is currently one of the most in demand performers and educators in the Midwest. He received his BMA in Jazz Drumming Performance from Berklee College of Music in 09' where he had the chance to study with Terri Lynn Carrington, Bob Tamigni, Skip Hadden, Jamey Haddad, Kenwood Dennard, Jon Hazilla, Ralph Peterson Jr, Ian Froman, and the master drummer Bob Moses. Currently Devin teaches at the West End Conservatory, Lake Country Conservatory and at his house. Devin is also teaching drumset and helping coach the combos at UW-Whitewater. You can catch Devin performing with his group Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Johannes Wallamann Group, Paul Silbergliet Trio, Dim Lighting, Argopelter, Lady Cannon, John Christensen's Atlas, and Soft Alarm.