GALEN BUNDY PIANO TRIO
"Galen Bundy keeps the piano trio format moving forward"
The Galen Bundy Piano Trio is a modern jazz group heavily influenced by Scandinavian folk music and Romantic era composers. Great importance is placed on the sensitivity of interaction between the three instruments. Featuring Jon Taylor on drums, and Eric Nachtrab on bass.
Galen Bundy is a pianist, organist, synthesist, composer, and educator based in southern Michigan. His current projects include Groove Plexus - an electro-jazz keys & drums duo - , Project 206 - an electronics influenced modern jazz quintet , an organ trio, and a piano trio. Galen has performed with artists such as Nick Zoulek, Tim Haldeman, David Bixler, Loren Stillman, Alan Ferber, and Estar Cohen. Galen is also keyboardist for Hope United Methodist Church (Toledo), a pianist for the Art Tatum jazz society of Toledo, and a frequent accompanist/collaborator for many other Detroit area vocalists and musicians.
Galen received his undergraduate degree in jazz piano from Bowling Green State University in 2015, and has since appeared there as a guest pianist for select concerts.
As an educator, Galen teaches piano at Milford music, as well as privately.
Jon Taylor is a Detroit-based drummer, Percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator. He is a Founding member of Polyfold, a musical arts collective, and regular collaborator in Detroit’s creative arts community. He participates in some dozen original projects, including the Avant-Rock quartet Saajtak, the multi-media sound and movement ensemble Legs, the electro-acoustic duo Says Things, and the improvised trio Lanula, featuring Detroit stalwarts Marcus Elliot and Betsy Soukup, which uses nature-based contemplative practices to enrich its acoustic improvisations. He has performed with luminaries of creative music, including Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Michael Formanek, and Jaribu Shahid and been featured at Edgefest, The DC Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery in New York, ArtPrize, and Indy Fringefest. He studied at the 2013 Banff International Jazz Workshop, led by pianist Vijay Iyer, and represented the Univserity of Michigan at the 2014 International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Jon Maintains a rigorous practice in Indian Classical Music, specifically on Tabla, having made several trips to varanasi, india to study with Sri Souma kanti Mukerjee, disciple of chhote lal Misra, the late master of benares gharana. He earned his BFA from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Sean Dobbins, and Evan Chambers.
Eric Nachtrab began working as a professional bassist in the early 90's while in school at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. During this time Eric worked regularly with the late Eddie Abrams at Rusty's Jazz cafe in Toledo. He moved to Texas to attend UNT in 1994 and became an active member of the rich and varied Dallas/Ft Worth music scene for several years. Eric then moved to Cincinnati Ohio and again established himself as an in demand sideman working regularly with the Rob Algeyer trio and many others.
A break from music led Eric to Portland Oregon where he raced bicycles and worked as a bike mechanic for 10 years. Eric also started a family during this time. The birth of his second child in 2010 brought him back to music. Within a few months of returning to the bass Eric met David Haverkampf and Bill Hardy, two very creative musicians that shared his interest in free improvisation. Together they formed the Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35. During this time Eric also met the great drummer Scott Cutshall who's playing and commitment to musical honesty was a profound inspiration. This time spent playing with Dave, Bill, and Scott was crucial to the rediscovery of the joy of creative improvised music.
In 2013 Eric and his family moved to Ann Arbor Michigan. Eric is now an in demand Bassist in the Detroit area. He is a member of the Galen Bundy trio, the Liz Smith trio, and works regularly with the Hughes/Smith Quintet, Ramona Collins, Beth Stalker and many more.