Seattle, Tokyo, and Zurich: Justin Wert, guitar; Yuka Tadano, bass; and Michael Vitali, drums: they hail from all corners of the globe.
The three met in numerous, often random musical situations – at Haitian gigs, playing acoustic Mexican music and, of course, jam sessions – but it wasn’t until Michael brought the trio together in early 2011 for a weekly residency at a low-key Upper West Side joint that he recognized their rare chemistry. Playing in an oddly shaped room in an acoustic setting served them in developing a dynamic interplay.
While each member is a tasteful improviser, together they found a unique balance through their use of space. Their interaction is conversational and supportive, always fresh and spiced with elements of surprise and occasionally even humor. A true sense of trust has grown between them continuing to empower their risk-taking creativity.
Over the years the MVT has adopted a long list of standards, often favoring the tunes less traveled and always in search of new and fresh approaches – using unexpected tempi or odd meters.
Their recent release, “En Route,” is a collaborative effort, featuring a mix of inspired originals and standards, as well as an intimate rendition of Scatterbrain by Radiohead.
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