The Red Room is pleased to present an evening of jazz-influenced free improv by local musicians Steve Olson (drums), Mark Lysher (bass), and Todd Marcus (bass clarinet) expanding the auditory space occupied by the appearance of a jazz trio.

Steve Olson will open the evening with a solo on drums/percussion/objects/recorded sounds.


Steve Olson is a Maryland-based drummer, percussionist, and composer who performs primarily in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area, and New York. After playing many styles of jazz, his focus in recent years has been in modern free improvisation and experimental music. His most recent recording, The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise with Denman Maroney and Oscar Noriega, has received critical acclaim and airplay across the country. His 2014 recording, Conversations – a collection of freely improvised duets with Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, Tony Martucci, Todd Marcus, Andrew Delclos and Jarrett Gilgore – was nominated as the 2014 Jazz Recording of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association.

The X Trio is Steve Olson on drums/percussion/objects, Mark Lysher on bass, and Todd Marcus on bass clarinet. The ensemble explores true communication, story-telling, sound, space, interaction and experimentation. Conversational music. Music with heart. All three musicians have absorbed and expanded various musical traditions, and bring that maturity to their collaboration.


Event location:

The Red Room at Normals Books and Records 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.