Our first CD, “Tides,” has been released and can be purchased, streamed and downloaded!

“Tides” is available on virtually all platforms, but the best way to get it is by purchasing directly from the band. This disk includes works by composers with local ties such as Ellen Rowe, Abby Clemens, and Malcolm Dean as well as pieces by artists such as Pat Metheny, Oliver Nelson, Brian Wilson, and Marc Johnson. The album as a whole explores creativity in arrangements, improvisation, density, and harmonic concepts. You can order the new album by clicking the link below.

“The group sounds terrific, the arrangements are great and really well-rehearsed and the tune selection is very hip.” – Ellen Rowe


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Alex, Evan, and Adam

 

On August 30th the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio will premiere our first commissioned work. Josh Harlow’s “Never a Rip” is an exploration of consumerism and industry through the lens of the Ypsilanti Underwear Factory. The performance will be held at 8:00 PM at the historic Ypsilanti Freighthouse and will be supported in part through the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund. This project is a collaboration between composer Josh Harlow and A2G3. Using poetry and improvised music, A2G3 and Harlow explore the forgotten history of the Ypsilanti Underwear Factory, a nationally known local business in operation around the turn of the 20th century. Specifically, they investigate an advertisement on the outside of the factory featuring an attractive woman wearing a union suit that caused quite a stir upon its release, as well as some of the strange and sinister goings on surrounding the factory during the early 1900’s. In addition to being the debut of Harlow’s composition for the group, this concert will feature A2G3’s modern arrangements of popular music from the early 20th century. Doors open for “Never a Rip” at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Ypsilanti residents.

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About A2G3

The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio was founded on the idea that more guitar is better. Alex Anest formed the group with Evan Veasey and Adam Kahana in April 2016. All three musicians are talented, creative players who have been performing and recording in the Ann Arbor area for years. With three guitars there are endless possibilities and the A2G3 looks to explore as many of them as they can. The current repertoire includes original compositions, a commissioned work by Josh Harlow, and arrangements of works by Abby Clemens, Malcolm Dean, Bill Frisell, Tiny Grimes, Ernie Krivda, Marc Johnson, Pat Metheny, Oliver Nelson, Miles Okazaki, Charlie Parker, Lou Reed, Ellen Rowe, Brian Wilson. and Janelle Reichman. Improvisation, creative use of space, and the interesting harmonies achievable with so many strings are some of the ideas that the A2G3 is exploring. The group is continually developing new and challenging repertoire and released their first record, “Tides,” in May of 2018.

Past Shows

Ann Arbor Summer Festival – O&W Acoustic Stage, Ann Arbor, MI  June 17, 2018

Kerrytown Concert House, CD Release Show, Ann Arbor, MI  May 17, 2018

Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, MI   Apr 6, 2018

Trinity House Theatre, Livonia, MI Mar 16, 2018

Evan Veasey Senior Recital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Feb 17, 2018

BGSU Visiting Artists, Bowling Green, OH Jan 26, 2018

House Concert, Dexter, MI Sep 23, 2017

A2 JazzFest, Ann Arbor, MI  Sep 9, 2017

5:00 Rush, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, MI Jun 13, 2017

Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI Apr 18, 2017

The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI – Opening for California Guitar Trio Mar 1, 2017

Stone Chalet, Ann Arbor, MI Jan 27, 2017

Collage Concert, UM, Hill Auditorium Jan 14, 2017

Private Event at First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI Oct 19, 2016

UM Jazz Department Showcase, Ann Arbor, MI Oct 6, 2016

A2 Jazz Fest, Ann Arbor, MI Sep 10, 2016

Band Member Bios

Alex Anest has been performing and recording music professionally in the Southeast Michigan area since 1996. In addition to the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, he is currently playing with a small jazz group called the Alex Anest Trio, the Bluewater Kings, and Klezmephonic. Alex has studied guitar with Miles Okazaki and Chris Buzzelli. He holds a Masters of Music in Improvisation from University of Michigan, where he studied with Benny Green, Mark Kirschenmann, and Ellen Rowe. Alex has been a founding member of many groups including Giraffe, the Jericho Guitar Trio, Never Nebula, Secret 7, and Delta 88. He has toured Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy with songwriter Kevin Meisel and has played on stages throughout the Midwest and New England.

Evan Veasey is a guitarist born and raised in the Southeast Michigan area. A recent graduate from the University of Michigan (SMTD class of 2018!), Evan has been playing guitar for 12 years now. in those 12 years he has toured the Midwest, New England, and Canada with a variety of groups, most notably Ann Arbor based rock band Fallow Land and the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble. He is also a member of the new music trio Glitter Glam as well as the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio. In addition to these groups, he has done freelance work playing with rock bands Parkway and Columbia, Bad Television, and the Hotel Arch. projects on the horizon include a collaboration with local jazz pianist Josh Harlow, a book of Pet Sounds arrangements for three guitars, and songwriting and session work on Fallow Land’s upcoming record. Other than playing, Evan is an educator (teaching guitar lessons in the Ann Arbor area), and a published poet (Huron River Review, Solos Literary Magazine, Café Shapiro 20th anthology).

Adam Kahana is a musician, arranger, singer, and composer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though classically trained, he grew up on the Blues. Following graduation from Pioneer and Community High Schools, he is currently a rising senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Jazz Guitar Performance. He sang Tenor 1 for the University of Michigan’s Men’s Glee Club, which toured South Africa in 2016. At the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival, Adam performed on guitar as part of the J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne All Stars. He was chosen to perform for Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea in 2017 and 2018, respectively, as part of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s events honoring each Artists in Residence for each year. In addition to A2G3, Adam splits his time between pursuing his other major in Data Science, playing in the Ypsilanti-based band Speak Mahogany, and leading his own jazz and pop groups in performances around Southeastern Michigan. Adam currently studies guitar with Miles Okazaki and arranging with Dennis Wilson.

Contact

We would love to hear from you, especially if you want to book us or if you want to write for the group. We are always seeking to collaborate with composers and other musicians.

 

 

Sound/Sight

The best way to hear us is live, but you have other options as well.

Our YouTube playlist has all the tunes from the album as well as some live videos thanks to Laura Wyman.

There are some unreleased recordings on Soundcloud.

You can find us on CDBaby.

You can book us to play your house concert, festival, series, theatre, or other venue.

Blog

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