Matt is a musician dedicated to awakening a sense of the new while holding down a rich tradition of groove and spirit. His development started in Chicago at the age of four, when he took up cello, classical piano, and percussion on a "drum set" of plastic paint buckets. By age seven, Matt knew that drums were the instrument he would remain connected to for life. Eventually his efforts brought him to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, FL, where he received a full scholarship; and last year, to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. His broad, joyfully open and inquisitive spirit continues to expand his vision beyond geographic and genre boundaries, enhancing his versatility and enabling him to convey his passion to audiences the world over.
Gregory Uhlmann is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, guitarist, and graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. With Clark Sommers on bass, and Matt Carroll on drums.
Active in a bredth of styles as a guitarist and composer Uhlmann is a founding member of several genre-stetching groups including the rock band, Fell Runner as well the improvising chamber ensemble, River Song Quintet. As a guitarist Uhlmann is a member of many bands including, Joe Labarbera's Global Community Quartet, Andy Clausen's SHUTTER, The Michael Mull Octet, Trevor Anderies' Quartet, Logan Hone's Similar Fashion, and many more..
Uhlmann's work as a songwriter and composer includes two song cycles for chamber ensemble, a brass quartet, songs for Fell Runner, Aquadeer, and Pocket People, as well as full sets of music for improvising musicians in the formats of trio, quartet, and septet.
As a performer and composer he has toured nationally performing his work and the works of others in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and throughout the midwest, west coast, and east coast. Past performances include REDCAT, The Poetry Foundation, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, House of Blues, The Royal Room, The Echo, The Bootleg Theater, and Pick-Staiger Hall.
"Clark Sommers rings true and honest in tone. The golden color pours a solid foundation to the timber of the group." All About Jazz.
Bassist, Composer and Educator, Clark has toured and performed extensively throughout the world. He has had the privilege of performing with Cedar Walton, Darrell Grant, Brian Blade, Ernie Watts, Bennie Maupin, Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Peter Bernstein, Lin Haliday, Dana Hall, Jodie Christian, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker, Ron Perrillo, Geof Bradfield, Michael Weiss, George Fludas, Kevin Mahogany, Eden Atwood, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, The Mighty Blue Kings and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra among others.
Clark completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and World Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with bass masters Charlie Haden and Darek Oles. While living in Los Angeles, Clark performed with Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, The Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, Joe La Barbara and Larry Koonse. He continues to seek expansion of his craft by pursuing his musical studies with masters such as David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic, Mike Longo and Stefon Harris. He recently completed two residencies at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton California.
Clark is proud to be at home in the bass chair with vocalist Kurt Elling, with whom he tours the globe bringing jazz to everyone from Istanbul to the Canary Islands. Thus far he has been privileged to play on two GRAMMY nominated recordings with the band, one of which won the GRAMMY for best vocal jazz album in 2009.
When not on the road with Kurt Elling, Clark enjoys leading his own group "Ba(SH)." The group includes long time friends Dana Hall and Geof Bradfield. The groups first CD was released in August 2013 and has received critical acclaim. It was acknowledged on the "notable and not to be missed" list by All About Jazz in 2013.
Link to Clark Sommers - Bass