Saxophone giant Mark Turner, second from left, joins Europe’s Mikkel Ploug Trio for a concert, workshop, and on-stage interview at Indian Hill Music
Saxophone giant Mark Turner, second from left, joins Europe's Mikkel Ploug Trio for a concert, workshop, and on-stage interview at Indian Hill Music Friday, June 28. (Courtest Carsten Villadsen)

LITTLETON — Indian Hill Music will present the Mikkel Ploug Trio featuring tenor saxophonist Mark Turner in a workshop and concert on Friday, June 28 at 36 King St.

Jazz master, tenor saxophonist and recording artist Turner will lead a workshop in technique and improvisation at 4:30 p.m. Turner and bandleader, acclaimed Danish guitarist Ploug will join veteran jazz writer Bob Blumenthal on stage at 6:30pm for a live interview. The concert, featuring Turner, Ploug, Danish bassist Jeppe Skovbakke and Irish drummer Seán Carpio follows at 7:30pm. Admission is $20 in advance/$25 at the door for the workshop or concert; or $30 in advance/$35 at the door to attend both the workshop and the concert.

Live interview admission is free with purchase of concert ticket. All events are free for Indian Hill Music School students. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.indianhillmusic.org or by calling 978-486-9524.

In a career that spans two decades and encompasses a broad array of musical ventures, saxophonist Turner has emerged as a towering presence in the jazz community. With a distinctive, personal tone, singular improvisational skills and an innovative, challenging compositional approach, he has earned a far-reaching reputation as one of the most original and influential musical forces in jazz, and has been lauded by the New York Times as a "standard bearer" of the genre.


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A rising star in international jazz circles, guitarist Ploug has been called "the latest sensation in European jazz guitar" by Barcelona's La Vanguardia. A force on the European scene for years and a collaborator with Turner for the last decade, Ploug's style has been hailed in European press as "magnificent modernism." The trio is described as having "a talkative style that's plenty charismatic... rich textures and sharp melodicism keep the ear riveted throughout..."

With a touring schedule that regularly spans four continents and some fifty album releases earning several awards and nominations, Danish bassist Skovbakke has toured and recorded with several generations of Danish jazz musicians and a number of international soloists including Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Brötzmann, Rhys Chatham, and others..

The Irish Times says Carpio "may be the finest drummer ever produced here." One of Europe's most in-demand sidemen, Carpio has also spent the last decade pursuing his own art including the acclaimed "Stella Maris" project, melding poetry and improvisatory ensemble work with Ploug, Skovbakke, and more of Europe's finest jazz musicians in churches throughout Ireland.