The Black Book Project
by Ten 27
© Copyright-Michael Roach, Monica Roach
An intense fusion of jazz, classical, metal, and hard grooves inspired by the beauty of outer space. Instrumentation includes: electric cello, keyboards/synths, and drums/malletKAT.
- Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
- Release Date: 2008
TEN 27 is not your typical jazz trio by any standard. The instrumentation alone sets this gritty trio apart from the commonly heard jazz music of today.
Grammy Award-Winning guitarist, Vernon Reid of the band Living Colour gives a special guest performance on the 5th track, "Sigma".
Michael Roach is turning heads as a pianist and keyboardist. He received formal training in classical and popular piano as a youngster. He has performed in many venues playing Rock, Pop, Classical, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and has worked in many formats. Michael has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Symphony Space, Black Rock Coalition Festival, Black Expo and abroad.
Monica Wilson-Roach has been playing cello and bass for over thirty years. She was on faculty at the Juilliard School and has performed in the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, the Documenta X in Kessel, Germany, the Jazz and Bluesfest - Live from Wolftrap, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music performances of Donald Byrd's Jazztrain with Grammy Award winning artist Vernon Reid. The list of venues include: the Knitting Factory, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center out-of-doors. Currently, she conducts string ensembles and occasionally plays with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Borrello has been playing music since the age of seven. He studied music at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, received an Associates degree from Schenectady College and received a Bachelors degree from Saint Rose. He is currently working towards a graduate degree in music at Saint Rose. He has played drums with many players regionally including jazz guitarists Peter Einhorn and Mark Dziuba at the Hartford Jazz Festival. He is currently working with the John Savage Band, the Lab Trio, Night Train, and TEN 27. Paul also performs on vibraphone and has studied with Ed Saindon from Berklee School of Music, Jay Hoggard from Wesleyan, and pianist Dan Dobek. Presently, he teaches drums and mallets at Drome Sound Music Studios in Niskayuna, New York.