New England based Modern Jazz Ensemble: Mike Effenberger, Duncan Hardy, Scott Kiefner, John Mettam.
For your safety all performances at The Dance Hall require:
PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION against COVID-19 or
PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST administered within 72 hours.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED INDOORS for patrons and staff.
Drawing on their eclectic backgrounds and individual passions, Dharma Down bring together a cohesive adventure through music from past to present, local to global, but always in the here and now. Playing the music of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Brad Shepik, and others plus some traditional Klezmer, Middle Eastern, and original compositions.
Seacoast/Brooklyn, NY drummer, John Mettam has worked with jazz greats Ran Blake, Herb Robertson, legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, and a host of great musicians, including Bobby Previte, Mark Feldman, David Tronzo, and Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio.
Saxophonist Duncan Hardy is an active performer in the greater New England music scene. In 2010 he received his B.A. in Jazz Saxophone Performance from S.U.N.Y Purchase College. While at Purchase Duncan was awarded the prestigious James Moody Scholarship award and had the privilege of working with James Moody, Hank Jones, Jon Faddis, Steve Wilson, Eric Alexander, Jon Gordon, Hal Galper, Antonio Hart, Maria Schneider and Randy Brecker.
Keyboardist Mike Effenberger is a recording and performing artist who has been living in the Seacoast since 2007. He received the Young Beacon in Jazz award from New School University in New York City, from which he graduated in 2005. Studying with diverse artists including Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, Fred Hersch, and Joanne Brackeen, Mike has curated an unmistakably individual voice that draws on gospel, American minimalism, jazz, and 20th century music. Mike plays throughout New England with a variety of bands including Soggy Po Boys, fiveighthirteen, Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, the secular gospel choir Rock My Soul, OURBIGBAND, Dan Blakeslee, and Weird Turn Pro, which plays his original music.
Bassist Scott Kiefner Graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City.