Get down home tomorrow night with the Matt Flinner Trio, which returns to the Wood River Valley to perform its latest music venture, "Music du Jour." Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and acoustic bassist Eric Thorin will write new music the day of the show and debut the new compositions during that evening's performance, "Music du Jour."
"For the second set, we'll play about a third to half brand new music, and the rest of the evening we'll play music that is between 24 hours and 200 years old," Flinner said. "We've had so much fun doing these 'du Jour' shows, we want to keep it going to see where it leads us musically. We're always trying to push ourselves into new places."
The "Music du Jour" experiment led the trio in 2009 to record its first Compass Records CD, comprised of compositions written on the first three "Music du Jour" tours. The CD expands the musical terrain of the bluegrass trio and draws on bluegrass, jazz and folk music to create a fresh-sounding amalgam of American-roots style.
Flinner, who grew up in Salt Lake City, has been living Nashville, Tenn., for the past 10 years. He has become one of the premiere mandolinists on the acoustic music scene, and has become recognized as a trailblazing instrumentalist and composer with his own voice. He has performed and recorded with Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, Frank Vignola, the Ying Quartet, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Trey Anastasio and Carlo Aonzo, among many others.
In addition to the brand new music, the trio will perform a mix of bluegrass, jazz and other original tunes. In addition, Flinner said, "special props previously unseen on a bluegrass stage" will make appearances.
The Matt Flinner Trio will perform at the Community School Theatre in Sun Valley on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Opening for the Matt Flinner Trio is the valley's own Spare Change. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased by calling 788-6109 or 720-4363.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.
—Sabina Dana Plasse