Major Vistas

Arts + Literature Laboratory welcomes the Madison-based jazz trio Major Vistas on Saturday, May 13, 2017, featuring Mike Weiser on keyboards, Chris Bucheit on guitar, and Geoffrey Brady on drums. This all-ages show will start at 7pm (doors at 6:30). Tickets are $7 in advance online at majorvistas.bpt.me and $10 at the door.

Major Vistas formed in 2015 with the shared goal of writing and performing melodic, soulful and dynamic instrumental music that blends Jazz and Rock. Their first recording Minor Anthems was released in mid 2016 and features original compositions with an emphasis on improvisation.

The trio features a blend of instrumentation that lends itself to a unique spacious sonority, wherein each instrument is featured. The role of a traditional bass player is handled by keyboardist Mike Weiser, who plays a modern version of Hammond B3 organ style with walking bass lines, comping and soloing – simultaneously.

Mike has produced music and sounds for award winning video games and educational apps while performing music for many years in almost every style of music. Chris has spent the last 25 years writing, performing and crafting his own guitar style that blends fingerstyle and Jazz technique and has produced 5 CDs as a soloist and group leader. Geoff Brady has been an active performer in Madison for many years, showing up everywhere - from symphony orchestras, to Klezmer groups. The dedication and skill of these three musicians makes for a truly interesting and enjoyable listening experience.

Major Vistas

Mike Weiser: Mike studied music at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Western Washington University, and Berklee with a focus on composition, arranging, orchestration, and improvisation. After earning a degree in music, he moved to Seattle in the mid-90’s and became an active member of the local music scene, playing in numerous jazz groups, electronic collaborations, and rock bands. In 2007, Mike moved to New York City where he studied with pianist Madeline Bruser (author of The Art of Practicing), Andy Milne (Steve Colman), and Jason Linder (David Bowie, Now Vs Now). In 2008, Mike started working as a soundtrack composer with national and international video game and app developers. He’s composed soundtracks for over 50 games and educational apps. In 2014, Mike returned to Wisconsin where he performs, teaches music, and composes soundtracks for commercial and artistic projects.

Chris Bucheit: Chris has been a guitarist most of his life... Read More

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

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