Andy Chatfield - drums
Stephen Haynes - trumpet
Adam Kubota - acoustic bass


"Shack" was a local co-operative quartet from January 2009 through August 2012. Drummer Andy Chatfield invited trumpeter Stephen Haynes, known for his work with the "avant-garde", and acoustic bassist Adam Kubota to make some music. Audiences could anticipate plenty of creative mischief and crossing of genre borderlines with this ensemble.

At the heart of what "Shack" is/does is improvisation and a deep love of ensemble invention/playing. The language that the group works from might be loosely termed American popular song. "Shack" is not constricted (much) by time periods, genre and what some folks might expect from a quartet.

"Shack" does not perform original compositions; rather, they decompose, deconstruct, reconstruct - what some folks call "mash-up". Artists that have made up some of the ingredients in the sonic stew prepared by "Shack" include Thelonious Monk, James Brown, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, The Meters, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Prince, and Nirvana.

Hartford-area performances by "Shack" have included a 2010 residency at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of their Summer Film Program (which featured the best in independent and art films, productions from the international scene and cinema classics). Other "Shack" performances have included Tisane Euro Asian Cafe, Black-Eyed Sally's, the Knox Parks Greenhouse, La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House, Szechuan Tokyo Restaurant, and The Uncertainty Music Series at Never Ending Books in New Haven.

Past members of "Shack" have included Adam Kubota on acoustic bass, and both Kevin O'Neil and Kevin Barry-Dutro on electric guitar. Warren Byrd, Margaux Hayes, Richard A. McGhee III, Josh Evans, Evan Green, Mark Crino, and Matt Dwonszyk have made special guest appearances with "Shack".

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