Jacob Warren, Grant Flick, Adam Kahana, and Matthew Davis are currently students at the University of Michigan. They share a passion for creating and performing written and spontaneously-composed music unbounded by style or genre. As Wayne Shorter says, “For me, the word ‘jazz’ means, ‘I dare you.'” This statement represents their ideal.

Jacob Warren is a multi-style bassist based in Ann Arbor, MI. His background and interests lie in a wide ranging variety of acoustic styles, including, but not limited to classical, traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, bluegrass, newgrass, Cajun, gypsy jazz, and many others. Warren is a regular performing artist, as well as a sought after recording artist and collaborator. Warren obtained his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2017 with the school’s Earl V. Moore Award in Music. During his undergrad he studied with Professor Diana Gannett. Warren is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Improvisation and a Master of Music in Chamber Music from the University of Michigan.

Grant Flick, of Bowling Green, Ohio, has been playing and performing for the past eight years on many instruments including violin, mandolin, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, and nyckelharpa. Primarily, his interests are jazz/swing, bluegrass, and new acoustic music. Currently, his main original musical projects include Westbound Situation and Warren & Flick. He was a 2015 finalist in the Walnut Valley Festival Fiddle Competition in Winfield, Kansas, as well as a 2017 finalist at the Freshgrass Fiddle Competition in North Adams, Massachusetts. He has been selected as a two time participant (2015 and 2016) of the Acoustic Music Seminar held at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, Georgia. Grant is attending the University of Michigan for jazz studies.

Adam Kahana is a professional musician from southeast Michigan. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, where he studies jazz guitar, data science, and business at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, which released their debut album “Tides” last year.

Matthew Davis is an up-and-coming banjoist in the world of New Acoustic Music. He was awarded first place at both the National and RockyGrass banjo competitions in 2017. He performs with multiple groups including the progressive bluegrass group Circus No. 9, and crossover string quartet Westbound Situation. He is currently studying jazz at the University of Michigan.

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