CHIVES represents the collective musical output of bassist Matthew Wohl, multi-reedist Steven Lugerner and drummer Max Jaffe. Their music is a continuation of the jazz trio continuum - yet CHIVES’ repertoire is heavily influenced by the world of songwriting. Their third recording, Dads, will be released on Primary Records in August 2012.
CHIVES is not only a platform for fluid improvisation and composition but a story of common experiences, aesthetic intentions, and beginnings. Born between 1987 & ’88, CHIVES each have Jewish roots from their fathers with Australian (Wohl), Mexican (Lugerner) & Korean (Jaffe) roots from their mothers. They grew up together in Burlingame, California surrounded by peers and teachers that nourished their musical sensibilities, and have collaborated together in various settings since middle school for a total of thirteen years - more than half their lives. After recording their debut self-released album Arnold, CHIVES collectively relocated to Brooklyn, NY. During their first two years in New York, CHIVES produced and released For Brian Wilson, a dedication to Major League Baseball’s Brian Wilson - closing pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Dads is yet another dedication, this time to the men who introduced them to the beautiful game of baseball; Steve Wohl, Jeffrey Lugerner & Mark Jaffe.
“Dads is much deeper than a flat dedication to our fathers,” says bassist Matthew Wohl. “This record pays respect to the greater common narrative that all three of our fathers share. The collective sound of this trio is rooted beyond our years of collaboration; it actually began with our father’s love and dedication to self-expression. Their fearlessness has liberated our intentions, language, compositional methods and most importantly, it has given us a great friendship. Our relationship, and this music, continues to evolve through circumstance, distance and intention, but will always be grounded in our love of all things baseball, burritos and Burlingame....”
In support of Dads, CHIVES will be embarking on a two-week Northeast/Midwest tour in August 2012.
released August 21, 2012
Recorded & Mixed by Jacob Bergson at The Bunker Studios
Mastered by Liberty Ellman
Artwork by Hannah Learner