Flex is a band formed in 2017 that embodies flexibility, flexion of muscle and mind, the reflex of heart and mood, and the inflection of a wide range of musical influences. Featuring pianist Art Lande, bassist Gonzalo Teppa, and drummer Dru Heller, the group embraces the myriad of possible textures and colors available to this time-honored instrumentation.
The bass takes over the theme in an arco fashion, a drum solo appears at an unexpected moment, forms are suspended or changed at will, a quiet piece gets funky or becomes a 5/4 for salsa dance. Each band member is ready to bring his musical wishes to the table at any moment, and the group embraces and commits to the new direction.
The repertoire of the band includes compositions from its members, arrangements of jazz standards, open improvisations, and tunes called-out or arrived-at that the ensemble has never played together before. So there is an atmosphere of innovation and tradition.
Most recently, the band has consistently played at a very high level. Slate & Quartz is our second album and will be released this summer (2022). It is a milestone in a series of successful events including a night of European Jazzat the Muse Performance Space (our favorite venue) and a day of workshops followed by a concert at the University of Wyoming.
Flex continues to rehearse regularly, explore new music, and is currently working to do a Northwestern US tour in the fall of 2022.
Come and listen, take the ride, and flex your sensual, personal and musical consciousness with us — we invite you to share in our band’s joyful, energetic spirit.