amuse-bouche is the dynamic collaboration of Producer/Composers Andrew Atkin, Jason Oberholtzer, and Michael Simonelli. Drawing upon Western classical composition, the spirit of jazz improvisation and an ear for modern recording and production, the group's clashing of mindsets, traditions and interests inspires music which elides personal and musical boundaries. Each album is a new process and a new result; a chance to merge personalities and aesthetics, and a chance for new and exciting sounds and presentations.
amuse-bouche live sets capture spontaneous, stream of consciousness improvisations between musicians with over a decade of experience working together. Despite a largely improvised approach, the music often comes across as premeditated, wading between moments of ambience and melodicism. Each member of the trio is a proficient multi-instrumentalist and so a live performance will often involve the band switching instruments between sets or even songs. They are equally comfortable performing as a more traditional trio (grand piano, guitar, drums) as they are playing a blisteringly loud set full of noises, synthesizers and effects pedals. And so the group can sound as though it belongs performing amidst a gallery collection of Lewitt or a hall of Richard Serra sculptures, while at other times sounding fit for rock venues, churches, or even living rooms.