Baltimore – August 20, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced nine grants to eight mid-Atlantic based presenting organizations, totaling $15,000, in support of engagements through the 2018-2019 French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program. French-American Jazz Exchange Tours provide greater visibility to the artists and projects of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) and opportunities for ensembles awarded project grants through the FAJE program to tour those projects in the United States with subsidy support provided specifically to presenters in the mid-Atlantic region.

The 2018-2019 tours include:

Aaron Goldberg Trio
With support from a 2015 French-American Jazz Exchange grant, Aaron joined creative forces with percussionist Leon Parker to expand the sonic, communicative and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting to include a significant role for Body Percussion and Body Rhythm techniques, both in place of and in addition to traditional drum set. This creative exploration has resulted in new works and a new trio recording to be released in 2018.

The Aaron Goldberg Trio will visit:

  • Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
  • Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
  • Manchester Craftsman’s Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Massry Center, Albany, NY
  • Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Reverso, a new chamber jazz ensemble co-led by trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste, presents their new original work, “Suite Ravel”, in concert. “Suite Ravel” looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music realized by an outstanding quartet which also includes the acclaimed cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer extraordinaire Adam Cruz.

Reverso will visit:

  • Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts, Frederick, MD

Collectively led by bassist Keith Witty and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS features an expandable line-up… from stripped down sax/bass/drums trio to sextet featuring piano and vocalists in English and French. Fully acoustic to fully electronic, THIEFS weaves elements of modern composition and improvisation into a boundary-less foundation of beats. THIEFS’ recently released sophomore record, GRAFT, explores notions of nationality, immigration, otherness and the way we as humans evolve and adapt to new cultural and physical landscapes. The new record features David Frazier Jr. on acoustic and electronic drums, Aaron Parks on piano and keyboards, and Mike Ladd, Gaël Faye and Guillermo E. Brown on vocals.

THIEFS will visit:

  • New Spire Arts Center, Frederick, MD
For more information and tour schedules, click here. Please contact venues directly for tickets and to confirm performance dates and times.

The 2018-2019 French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Art’s Regional Touring Program and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit:


Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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