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Up ensemble

by Up ensemble

A trio committed to creating a unique blend of instrumental music. Influences range from the classic bop eras of the 1940s and 50s to Afro-Cuban jazz to pop music of the 1960s
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Bulldozer
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2. Darkness
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3. Ticket to Ride
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4. Belly Dancing
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5. What'll I Do
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6. Hot Mama Samba
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7. Uncertainty
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8. Jungle Perspectives
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9. Kamasutra
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10. Dreaming
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11. Sunshine Superman
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12. I Scream Social
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Up ensemble
Cleveland, Ohio

What we do:

Up ensemble is a trio of youthful but experienced musicians who are committed to creating a unique brand of instrumental music. The members are influenced by music of many eras and many parts of the world, and bring those influences to bear on a wide ranging and ambitious repertoire of jazz standards, pop tunes, world folk music, and originals.

Up ensemble strives to create a unique blend with their instruments, and to present those sounds in a relaxed, fun, and entertaining manner. The musicians all share a deep commitment to bringing uncompromising, acoustic music to a general music audience.

Up ensemble has been performing steadily since 2001, and their third CD, the self titled Up ensemble, was released in fall 2005.

What some people have said about us:

"If you’re looking for a fun, upbeat and eclectic take on jazz, pop and world music, the Up ensemble trio is exactly what you’re looking for" --Peter Chakerian, Cool Cleveland Website

"...a mature recording that establishes the group as one of the best acts around town."--Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Free Times

"It's thoroughly modern, even though it pays homage to '50s bop and '60s pop."--Carlo Wolff, Cleveland Scene Magazine

"Unlike many of the young post-bop musicians who are part of the post-Marsalis second wave, the obvious technical virtuosity of the three young men is unwrapped slowly. If they don’t special¬ize in or showcase music-making aimed to make the listener’s jaw drop, their cooler, even austere way with a song is refreshing by comparison.....But the main thing with the Up Ensemble is the song: getting into it and getting it out, and then on to the next one. There’s a delicious para¬dox at work in the group’s distinctive approach. On one hand their evocative cool is unhurried, and, on the other hand, they un-hurry their way through each tune in less than 5 minutes. 13 songs were essayed in 60 minutes. This is, basically, unheard of in our era of musical breast-beating and reflexive jamming in saxophone-centered jazz. For that twined conception of song¬fulness and brevity the Up Ensemble has found a rewarding tributary off the mainstream. Catch them paddling gracefully if you get the chance." --Stephen Calhoun, Lakewood Observer

Who we are:

Christopher Burge, Tenor Saxophone. Christopher earned a BA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University and has traveled the world performing with such luminaries as Barry White, Bobby Caldwell, David “Fathead” Newman, David Murray, and the Temptations. Christopher currently performs with the Up ensemble and teaches private music lessons in the Cleveland area.

Beau Lisy, Drum set and Percussion. Beau Lisy has been performing music since the age of eight. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace College, Beau has toured and shared the stage with Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Robert Lockwood Jr., Lew Delgado, and Steve Davis. Beau has spent extended periods of times in The Gambia, West Africa where he studied Djembe, Balafon, and African music. Beau is extensively involved in arts education throughout the Cleveland area teaching private lessons and leading African drumming seminars and workshops.

Matthew Charboneau, Double Bass. Matthew is a BM graduate of The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a current arts management graduate student at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Matthew has studied Double Bass with Peter Dominguez, Marion Hayden, and Dave Morgan. Matthew is involved with arts management, programming, and promotion throughout the Cleveland area, and studies Flamenco Guitar as a secondary instrument.


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Carlo Wolff, Cleveland Scene Magazine

"...an album that's accessible, modern, and accomplished -- not to mention cool.
Saxophonist Chris Burge creates most of the songs on this trio's third release. He's got chops and creativity, and he's in good company with drummer Beau Lisy and bassist Matthew Charbonneau.
Sparked by the languid calypso of "Darkness," the shifty tempo of "Jungle Boogie," and the nocturnal electronica of "Kamasutra," this album is more complex than it sounds at first. Burge has listened long and hard to Coltrane and Rollins, and Lisy's a student of Blakey, but the music is more than the sum of its influences. It's thoroughly modern, even though it pays homage to '50s bop and '60s pop.
The only covers here are of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" (both jaunty and wistful), Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" (done cheekily), and Irving Berlin's "What Do I Do?" (reverent and romantic). These coexist perfectly with the originals on an album that's accessible, modern, and accomplished -- not to mention cool.

Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Free Times


"The three members of Up Ensemble- saxophonist Christopher Burge, drummer Beau Lisy and bassist Matthew Charboneau- have all studied music at area universities. Their classical training comes across well on this, their third album as Up Ensemble, a mature recording that establishes the group as one of the best acts around town. Between their swinging cover of the Beatles’ “ Ticket to Ride,” which allows Burge to really stretch out mid song, and their own well-crafted compositions, the band’s got a good grasp of traditional jazz arrangements and can adapt easily to playing pop standards. Other covers include Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do,” and the band’s unique take makes them fit in nicely with the original material."

Peter Chakerian, Cool Cleveland Website


"If you’re looking for a fun, upbeat and eclectic take on jazz, pop and world music, the Up ensemble trio is exactly what you’re looking for. During the course of their self-titled release, Christopher Burge (tenor saxophone), Matthew Charboneau (double bass) and Beau Lisy (drums/percussion) wear their hearts—not to mention influences—on their collective sleeves. But they certainly can cook up some a firestorm. The proof is in the disc’s 12 delectable tracks; nine originals and three interesting interpretations of jazz and pop standards.
Up ensemble’s sprightly and delightful approach dovetails the distinguished styles of many jazz greats with a Luaka Bop/David Byrne style of unique global styles and cosmopolitan cool. Add a pinch of Lennon/McCartney for good measure and you realize quickly that these guys are committed to creating unique instrumental music that is as challenging as it is accessible.
The trio has a rather impressive repertoire of jazz standards, world/folk music, and pop songs to match their many originals; this recording features all of those styles and yet only begins to express what they’re capable of.
Some of the tracks offer an offbeat, Birdland-NYC-style with odd time signatures, like the tasty “Bulldozer”; others are more stylized, like “Darkness,” and still others are downright whimsical, like their jazzy take on the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” and Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.”
Charlie “Bird” Parker himself once said (I’m paraphrasing) that you have to live life in order to be able to play your horn. Well, then Up ensemble must be living it up, because their sound more than strives to capture life’s essence. It’s relaxed, fun, entertaining and as grand as it is motivated. Music to live by."

Peter Chakerian, Cool Cleveland Website


"If you’re looking for a fun, upbeat and eclectic take on jazz, pop and world music, the Up ensemble trio is exactly what you’re looking for. During the course of their self-titled release, Christopher Burge (tenor saxophone), Matthew Charboneau (double bass) and Beau Lisy (drums/percussion) wear their hearts—not to mention influences—on their collective sleeves. But they certainly can cook up some a firestorm. The proof is in the disc’s 12 delectable tracks; nine originals and three interesting interpretations of jazz and pop standards.
Up ensemble’s sprightly and delightful approach dovetails the distinguished styles of many jazz greats with a Luaka Bop/David Byrne style of unique global styles and cosmopolitan cool. Add a pinch of Lennon/McCartney for good measure and you realize quickly that these guys are committed to creating unique instrumental music that is as challenging as it is accessible.
The trio has a rather impressive repertoire of jazz standards, world/folk music, and pop songs to match their many originals; this recording features all of those styles and yet only begins to express what they’re capable of.
Some of the tracks offer an offbeat, Birdland-NYC-style with odd time signatures, like the tasty “Bulldozer”; others are more stylized, like “Darkness,” and still others are downright whimsical, like their jazzy take on the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” and Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.”
Charlie “Bird” Parker himself once said (I’m paraphrasing) that you have to live life in order to be able to play your horn. Well, then Up ensemble must be living it up, because their sound more than strives to capture life’s essence. It’s relaxed, fun, entertaining and as grand as it is motivated. Music to live by."