MANtrio is an improvising trio with Sage Romey (piano), Sarah Yates (bass) and Melanie Sehman (drums/percussion) that uses the standard trio format as a laboratory for exploration, performing improvised music and original creative work. With radical listening as a guiding principle, their work breaks down conventional stylistic barriers and ensemble roles, blurring the line between melody and rhythm and bringing together their collective experiences in jazz and black American musics, contemporary, experimental, and medieval musics, as well as visual art, literature and poetry. Their music is defined by placing radical listening and interaction at the center of the creative process. By being present and listening to each other with curiosity instead of expectation, the music is an honest, unfiltered product of its immediate context. MANtrio has performed at the Racer Sessions (Seattle), the Wayward in Limbo series (Seattle), Jazz Center of Bellingham Jazz Walk Festival, the Bellingham Alternative Library and other regional venues.
Artist Support Program 2022: Studio recording of three original compositions for piano trio.