The Sky Unit is a multi directional ensemble emerging from bassist and composer Chris Trinidad’s weekly residency at the Sky Cafe in South San Francisco, CA. Formed as a collective with trapset drummer Carrie Jahde and saxophonist Francis Wong, the Sky Unit’s two fold mission is to incubate new improvised music repertoire and excavate lesser known work from creative and jazz music lineages.

Its most recent work has included a broad exploration of the hybrid palette of Asian American (+1 Filipino-Canadian!) Improvisers, from the jazz poetics of Genny Lim, to the Zen informed work of the late Glenn Horiuchi, to sounds of liberation of its own “OG” social justice warrior Francis Wong, and to explorations of chants and psalms for peace by Chris Trinidad.

One of the Sky Unit’s key strategies is to collaborate with guest artists as a means to bring to the performance space a range of influences and lived experience in the music-making. Look out in the coming year for performances at the Sky Cafe and other Bay Area creative venues, new recording projects, and social media content. A partial list of recent guests: poet Genny Lim, pianist + flutist Erika Oba, taiko sensei Melody Takata, kulintang artist Conrad Benedicto, guitarist Karl Evangelista, Vietnamese zither performers Jacqueline and Christopher Lam, flutist + technologist Scott Oshiro, and more!

The Sky Unit is:
Francis Wong, saxophones
Chris Trinidad, bass guitar + synth bass
Carrie Jahde, drum set


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