Mike Conrad believes that the bonds formed through musical experiences can be incredibly strong and enduring. For his debut jazz trio album, Conrad wanted to reconnect with some of his favorite musicians from his past to bring eight of his original tunes to life. Chicago bassist Katie Ernst lends her lyrical, buoyant approach to the project. She and Conrad go way back, having met at a jazz camp in high school, and they both have a connection to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Over ten years after Indianapolis-based drummer Cassius Goens III released his album “Transition” with Conrad on piano, he rejoins Conrad to bring both fire and sensitivity to this 2022 release.
Like any great trio, the unique musical personality of each player shines through while simultaneously uniting to create a cohesive and exciting group sound.
The "Fertile Soil Suite" celebrates Iowa with original music inspired by unique aspects of the state, performed by Iowa's top jazz musicians.
Through this project, Mike Conrad and the Iowa Jazz Composers Orchestra want to show people in Iowa and beyond that they don’t always need to look to New York City or Chicago for beautiful, high-quality, creative music. There are amazing artists and musicians doing incredible things right here.