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Sean Gough

Sean Gough is a pianist who has appeared in concert from New York City to San Francisco. A founding member of several improvising bands, Sean appears most often with Go Trio, and is fortunate to play with mostly older, veteran musicians from the New York area. As a solo piano player, Sean plays completely improvised music, as well as improvising through popular song and the American Songbook. Sean also accompanies widely, from musical theater, to premieres by composer-performers, to various chamber ensembles, particularly voice and piano. He teaches at Lafayette College, and has had writing featured at JazzTimesDo the Math, and NPR.org.

Gene Perla

Gene Perla began classical piano at age five. While studying engineering and business in college, he heard pianist Bill Evans, prompting his return to music. At age 24, upon hearing Charlie Haden, Gene switched to bass. His first major gig was with the Willie Bobo Sextet, which included famed Cuban conguero Carlos "Patato" Valdes. Later gigs included Nina Simone, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Sonny Rollins. Gene then entered audio school, studio worked with Todd Rundgren, founded P.M. and Plug Records, and established recording facilities. Currently teaching at Lehigh University and The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, his credits include Broadway theatrical sound design, Internet design and hosting, and computer networking.

Doug Hirlinger

Human Being Doug Hirlinger plays drums, cymbals, and at times other instruments in many settings and contexts. He also composes music using various techniques, producing various results, using any and all tools available. Doug enjoys a steady schedule of performing, composing, and teaching, and does so throughout the US and Europe. Originally from Missouri, Doug currently resides in a New York City apartment. Doug has had the privilege to play with many great and talented individuals including Ben Gerstein, Matt Mitchell, John Swana, Tim Motzer, Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Luis Perdomo, Peter Bernstein, Gerald Veasley, Grant Stewart, Eric Alexander, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, and Phil Harper. Doug graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 1998. Current projects include Waveform Razorback with Matt Mitchell, Dan Scofield, and John Swana, which performs Doug's compositions, and a collective trio with Ben Gerstein and Matt Mitchell. Doug is also creator and director of the monthly online composers collective at musiccreative.org.

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