Ludi Hinrich’s ChickenBonz ensemble to open for SummerFest concert Saturday |

Ludi Hinrich’s ChickenBonz ensemble to open for SummerFest concert Saturday

Nevada City musician Ludi Hinrichs and his ChickenBonz ensemble will open Saturday night for the 3 Leg Torso concert as part of Music in the Mountains SummerFest.

“I’ve had a very rich musical life,” said Ludi Hinrichs, and he and ChickenBonz intend to share their wealth with MIM festival goers and jazz lovers Saturday.

Hinrichs is a well known Nevada County performer/composer who returns to the SummerFest this year.

“This is a unique lineup for ChickenBonz; I have been very excited coming out of rehearsals and it’s been a joy writing for these fine friends and players. Since our violinist/oboe player Murray Campbell will be in Scotland, we are fortunate to have Oakland based saxophonist/flutist Cory Wright join us for this event,” he said. “A composer and leader of his own groups, Cory has recorded and played with one of my favorite eclectic jazz pioneers, Yusef Lateef.”

Hinrichs calls ChickenBonz music “seventh stream” because of the sonic springwaters that feed into it through the remarkable hand-picked musicians, he said.

They are: Joe Fajen, who brings the streams of North Indian classical music with his tabla drums, sparkling African sounds on the m’bira (thumb piano) and, of course, trombone.

Tom Hannickel is an acoustic bassist with a fine sense of balance; he also contributes his powerful high voice and bass trombone skills to ChickenBonz. He has backed numerous Sacramento jazz artists, including pianist Joe Gilman.

Nevada County saxophonist/composer Randy McKean will be on his bass clarinet as well for this concert, evoking the stream of the East Village and juggling the crooked rhythms of Macedonia and Romania.

Then there is the Wunderkind from El Dorado Hills, Garrett Hannickel, every bit of 13 years old and already a solid drummer and vibraphonist.

As the architect of this assemblage, Hinrichs loves to lead the audience through the doorways of imagination with his trombones piano, vocalese and compositions.

“I think of the first time I looked into my wife’s eyes — and any number of profound musical/spiritual experiences. That is what is behind my vision for this group,” said Ludi.

The group will unveil two new pieces; one is a Balkan brass band style composition, the Bulgarian Sidestep, and the other a three-part suite with a flamenco underpinning featuring Fajen on tabla and Wright on the alto flute.

“This particular concert …is a rare event, like a fine meal, and may not ever be repeated,” Hinrichs stated.

Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Amaral Family Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For tickets and information about the concert, go to, or call 530-265-6124. To learn more about Hinrichs, visit

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