Happy Apple with Chris Bierden
December 17, 2021 | Live @ The Masonic Ballroom
About Happy Apple
Named after a child's toy from the 1960s, jazz trio Happy Apple was formed in Minneapolis, MN, in 1996 by saxophonist Michael Lewis and drummer David King, with bassist Erik Fratzke joining soon after.
Their clever and melodic small-combo improvisations have been termed "jazz punk," but Happy Apple has a grasp of the entire history of jazz, and the trio's elegant free-bop compositions are full of haunting melodies, delightful flashes of humor, and intelligent, coherent construction. Led by Lewis' amazingly lyrical tenor sax playing and solid melodies written by all three members, Happy Apple keeps out of the fusion trap by implying rock dynamics without actually surrendering to them, giving the group a fresh, bright, and totally unique.
About Chris Bierden
Chris Bierden, bassist for Poliça and vital contributor to many Minneapolis-based projects, has also been performing solo shows for more than 15 years. The project has evolved into a four-piece band including Drew Christopherson (Poliça) on drums, Jeremy Ylvisacker (Alpha Consumer) on guitar, and Adam Wozniak (Dark, Dark, Dark) on bass. The music is chill and dreamy, accented with psychedelic swirls, and imbued with a sense of love and longing.
Note: This event is presented by Pablo Center and is taking place at the Masonic Temple and Ballroom, 616 Graham Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701.