Jaimie Branch, of New York, is an avant-garde trumpeter and composer known for her “ghostly sounds,” says The New York Times, and for “sucker punching” crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Presenting music from FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise, the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Fly or Die, Branch continues to push her distinctive style of composition to new heights while also stepping forward as vocalist for the first time to an increasingly evocative effect.
Currently based in Philadelphia, vibraphonist Victor Vieira-Branco played in groups such as Trio Repelente, Baobá Stereo Club and actively performed as an improviser in the expansive São Paulo, Brazil creative music scene. A performer with a unique background and style, his playing incorporates beautiful atmospheric work, ruminating assertive playing, and idiosyncratic interaction with unusual technique. Split Cities is a new Philadelphia band playing Vieira-Branco’s compositions.