San Jose, CA - The Mark Arroyo Trio release their debut full-length album Two Sides To A Promise, featuring guitarist Mark Arroyo’s current working trio of Fred Paclibon on electric bass and Kristian Buenconsejo on drums. Two Sides To A Promise is a showcase for Arroyo’s contemporary vision of improvised music and is the first release on fledgling creative outlet Curious Improvisor.
Recorded in early 2016, a relaxed energy in the studio allowed the group to write and arrange on the spot. The sessions result in the first recordings to fully capture the essence of the The Mark Arroyo Trio’s live shows. Says David Ma (Wax Poetics, Ego Trip, Nerdtorious.com), “Arroyo’s instrumental arrangements have more narrative than his lyrical counterparts; in-the-pocket drums coupled with washes of melody underscore his many compositions. His troupe’s performances include Radiohead covers with elements of cinematic soul, neatly splicing both their musical chops and stage presence into a complete live package.”
Schooled in the Jazz tradition by Oakland-based guitarist Calvin Keys (Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, Black Jazz Records), Arroyo started The Mark Arroyo Trio in 2010. Since then, the group has been a fixture in San Jose’s emerging Jazz scene. With San Jose tastemakers Universal Grammar providing a weekly outlet through their Double Booked and Places & Spaces events at Pagoda, and The Blackbird Tavern’s flagship music program The Residency, The Mark Arroyo Trio has been leading the way for Jazz-Rock Fusion and has provided support for touring acts Robert Glasper Experiment, The Stepkids, and Joanna Borromeo. Arroyo is a recipient of the genArts Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Grant, and the Accelerate San Jose Encouragement Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.
“Jazz musicianship and rock intensity merge with satisfying results in this six-song set of originals from Bay Area based group The Mark Arroyo Trio. Led by the evocative, lyrical melodies of guitarist Arroyo, “Two Sides to a Promise” is both sensitive and raucous. Recommended for fans of Explosions in the Sky and Tony Williams Lifetime.”