Part of the
Weekend Concert Series
Our weekend concert series showcases a culturally diverse mix of musical genres in a seated, listening room environment.
The Kyle Hardy Group is a four-piece contemporary jazz group based in Portland, Maine. Featuring RJ Miller on drums, Ross Gallagher on Base, and Peter Hermon on guitar the group performs original compositions from their 2016 debut album: The Kyle Hardy Group. They will be joined by the MEJP, who successfully combines the core elements of jazz and middle-eastern classical and folk music to create a completely new sound.
Saxophonist and composer Kyle Hardy has been an active member of the Maine music community for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine. Upon graduating, Kyle moved to Portland where he began to search for his own unique saxophone sound and style.
Throughout his career, Kyle has performed with many prominent bands including New York-based jam band Soulive, The Rustic Overtones, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, the Fogcutters, Raging Brass Reggae Band, Grupo Esperanza, and the Steve Grover Quartet. Kyle’s soulful way of playing has been captured on multiple recordings, most recently on his 2016 album release, The Kyle Hardy Group.
With eagerness to explore different musical avenues, Kyle traveled to Bangalore, India in 2013 where he studied South Indian percussion under the tutelage of Sri Vidwan Vasudeva Rao. Upon returning to the US, he formed Trikala Ensemble, an Indian-jazz group that blends characteristics of both traditions. Today, Kyle splits his time between composing, teaching, and performing around New England.
The Middle Eastern Jazz Project
Founded in 2015 the Middle Eastern Jazz Project aims to successfully combine the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and improvisational elements of both Jazz and Middle Eastern music. The MEJP explores this blend of music through original compositions by ensemble leader Duncan Hardy and his arrangements of traditional middle eastern music. Ensemble members of the MEJP are Gary Wittner (guitar), Eric LaPerna (middle eastern percussion) and Duncan Hardy (alto saxophone and qanun).
Fri June 8 | 8pm
- Advance | $10
- Day Of Show | $12