Trio pumps up jazz

NANAIMO - The Black-Lister-McRae Trio performs at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music Friday (Jan. 22) at 7:30 p.m.

Miles Black performs with Ken Lister and James McRae Friday (Jan. 22) at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

Miles Black performs with Ken Lister and James McRae Friday (Jan. 22) at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

Spontaneous jazz music and classical pieces will spill into the air at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music this Friday (Jan. 22).

The Black-Lister-McRae Trio, consisting of pianist Miles Black, bassist Ken Lister and drummer James McRae, performs at the conservatory, located at 375 Selby St., at 7:30 p.m.

“It will be very spontaneous and very fresh,” said Black.

He said the trio often plays new compositions that it’s never performed before together to treat audience members to a new experience.

The venue can influence the trio’s vibe. If it’s in a rural town the trio can be inspired by nature or if it’s a city it also changes.

Black’s songwriting experience is continually changing.

“Every time you put your pen to the page it is different,” said Black, adding it’s “the creative impulse” that keeps him passionate about playing and writing music.

Tickets are $20 or $10 for students and are available in advance from Fascinating Rhythm or by calling 250-716-9997.

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