September 23, 2017
Twin Talk performs at the Smart as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, a weekend of free performances at cultural venues throughout the neighborhood.
While many jazz projects point towards a designated leader, Chicago’s Twin Talk operates as a true democracy. Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich describes the group as “three musicians responding to one another in subtly nuanced ways, and in a music that’s as lyrical as it is transparent.” Before emerging as Twin Talk, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, bass/vocals Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green were performing together as Laurenzi/Ernst/Green, releasing their first album and performing at the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival under that name. The switch to Twin Talk was motivated by the desire to achieve a unified band identity. They released their second, self-titled album in 2016, of which Chicago Jazz Magazine’s Hrayr Attarian writes, “Twin Talk’s eponymous release is a cohesive and original album that brims with a vibrant fluidity and a poetic sense. It is simultaneously angular and melodic, and is provocative and enchanting. The members of the trio weave their distinctive sounds into a charismatic collective expression that instead of sublimating their individualities, it highlights them.”