MEM3

MEM3 is the culmination of 8 years of close musical and personal friendship between three musicians from three different parts of the globe. The trio consists of Michael Cabe on piano from Seattle, Washington, Mark Lau on bass from Sydney, Australia and Ernesto Cervini on drums from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album, entitled “Pennsylvania Grey” is made up of original compositions from all three musicians as well as one traditional hymn. The group’s sound is influenced by the trio sounds of the great Oscar Peterson, Peter Erskine and EST. These three musicians have already had successful careers in their own right, performing at jazz festivals such as the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland and others in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. They have also performed in many of the great jazz venues in the world as well as many of the best in New York City, such as Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The 55 Bar and The Jazz Standard and have completed a cross-Canada tour in 2010.

Michael Cabe, 31, is an active pianist/educator in New York City. Recent recordings include MEM3’s 2008 debut album “Pennsylvania Grey”, Amy Cervini Quartet (ACQ) release of “Famous Blue” in 2007 and “Lovefool” in 2009, and the Kelley Suttenfield release “Where is Love” in 2010. Cabe has performed at Birdland, the Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, and the Kennedy Center, among other world-class performance venues. In addition to performance, Cabe maintains an active private piano studio and is the creator and leader of a successful jazz education series through Manhattan School of Music’s Outreach Department, utilizing cutting-edge videoconference technology to deliver performances and lectures to both nationwide and international audiences.

Mark Lau is a bassist/composer originally from Sydney Australia now living in downtown Manhattan, New York. Mark has performed at New York City venues such as Birdland, Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The 55 Bar and Sweet Rhythm in New York City and has played at major festivals around the world including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Rome Film Festival, the Wangarratta, Manly, Brisbane, Melbourne and Bellingen
Jazz Festivals in Australia, the Hong Kong Fringe Festival and Newport and Cape Cod Festivals in the US and has played on numerous recordings and albums.

Drummer Ernesto Cervini has quickly become in demand as a sideman and also as a bandleader in North America because of his unique and deep musicality. Ernesto released his debut CD as a leader, Here, in 2006 to critical acclaim: "Here is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini's monster chops and compositional abilities." Budd Kopman, All About Jazz. In 2009 his sophomore release, Little Black Bird featuring Joel Frahm on Saxophones was released on Orange Grove Records, and is being distribute by ANZIC Records (both based in New York City.) "Drummer Ernesto Cervini plays with such conviction and fire that it's easy to give him your ears and time" says Glen Hall from Exclaim Magazine. The album received 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine. Ernesto received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Ernesto is continuing to push musical boundaries with his innovative compositions, as well as his imaginative and explosive drumming. He will be a constant in the global jazz scene for decades to come, through his love for musical performance and education.

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