The Kalman Strauss Quartet is a jazz quartet featuring young Chicago musicians and exploring a range of jazz styles with roots not only in jazz, but in funk, fusion, blues, and other styles of music. The quartet’s music is infused with a unique, fresh sound, and features jazz violin. The group has drawn crowds to popular Chicago venues such as the Elbo Room, and several members have been soloists at the Chicago Jazz Festival 2017 and at other big stages across the city.
A fresh, young duo shooting up from their roots in rural Illinois, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie give listeners a well-crafted opportunity to pause and harken back to their own experiences. From the heartland to the coasts they captivate audiences with vulnerable, thought-provoking lyrics interwoven with harmonically-rich acoustic musical stylings likened to Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, and The Civil Wars colored with blues and jazz. In a tender web of voices and strings, Matthew and Christina reopen wounds of the heart with gentle insistence, and deposit seeds of hope and healing.