Location: Stonington Opera House
Originally from Penobscot, Maine, pianist and composer Yvonne Rogers returns to the Opera House in her headliner debut. Yvonne will be joined by two fellow Maine jazz fixtures: Machias-born ambient jazz musician R.J. Miller on percussion and bassist Asa Meyer-Waldo (originally from West Bath). The trio will perform pieces inspired by sounds, sights, and people of coastal Maine.
Photo credit: Alden Hellmuth
Banner credit: Gergö Nyirö
Yvonne Rogers is a pianist, composer, and multimedia artist from Penobscot, Maine. Growing up on the rural Maine coast, Yvonne began writing music that followed the meditative patterns and systems of nature before having any conventional understanding of theory or harmony. Fascinated by the sonic landscape and acoustics of her home, she carries this influence with her no matter where she is in the world. Curious about the relationship between music, space, and human experience, Yvonne’s work interacts with and is inspired by the people and places that surround her.
Yvonne was a member of the 2021/2022 Focusyear Band in Basel, Switzerland. The band performed regularly with jazz masters including Kris Davis, Sullivan Fortner, Linda May Han Oh, Tineke Postma, Miguel Zenón, and many more. Their album of original music was released in May 2022. A 2021 graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Yvonne holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from the studio of Gary Versace and a Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies. Yvonne has performed at numerous venues including the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, the Birdseye Jazz Club, Porgy and Bess, Jamboree, and more. She performs and records regularly with her trio and quartet, meanwhile creating multimedia audio-visual works which combine her passions for composition, sound art, and video art. Yvonne has been accepted to a variety of collaborative musical opportunities including the Women in Jazz Organization’s Mentorship Program, the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and the Sisters in Jazz Combo in which she worked with Ingrid Jensen.
Born in Machias, Maine, R.J. Miller began playing the drums at age 11. He developed an appetite for good music early on, and attended a Jazz Camp in Farmington, Maine throughout his teenage years, where he played with other budding musicians and studied with some of New York’s finest musicians.
R.J. moved to New York City in the fall of 2002, where he studied Jazz at New School University for one year. Since leaving the New School, Miller has been traveling, and living in New York. He has performed with musicians such as, Bill McHenry, Robert Stillman, Eivind Opsvik, Rebecca Martin, Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, Mike Kanan, John McNeil, Ben Monder, Chris Higgins, Matt Penman, Pete Rende, Larry Grenadier, Luke Temple, and more.
Asa Meyer-Waldo is a double bassist from West Bath, Maine. Fascinated with sounds old and new, he has been a student of jazz and classical music since picking up his first instrument, the guitar, at age 10. A year later, Asa began focusing on the double bass, and the rest is history. Since 2016 he has been an active part of New England’s vibrant jazz scene and has performed with the likes of Bill McHenry, Brad Terry, Tim Sessions and Mike McGinnis. Currently, Asa is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with a Jazz Studies concentration at the University of Southern Maine Osher School of Music.