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.