Thrive Music Live

We, your curators, discover what happens when music and audiences collide at monthly concerts. No stage, no categories. No boundaries. Join us and play! It’s a perfect date night; a great way to meet artists and musicians, and even sketch as the music unfolds. Gourmet dessert and wine included.




Thrive No. 18.5   |   Ross Hammond, guitarist

TUESday October 9, 2018  |  Doors open 7:30,Music begins @8pm – 9:30pm 

@ Hancock Solar Gallery | ground floor of the Nelson Kohl Building 

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. 

He has played for Hillary Clinton, to audiences of five and all points in between. 

“A ray of hope in troubled times…” -Ralph Miriello, Huffington Post

"Arising star on the West Coast jazz and improvised music scene..." -Chris Barton, LA Times

"His fluency as an improviser informs the elegance of the rustic themes that meditate upon place and personal connection..." (4 Stars)
-Bill Meyer, Downbeat 

"Innovative, terse delta blues-inspired jazz guitarist..."
-New York Music Daily

"Hammond channels something deep and spiritual out of his surroundings and instruments." 
-Aaron Stein,

Dessert and drink provided.
Suggested donation: $20/$15 student


Thrive No. 17   |   A  June Night of New Music with Bryan Young, bassoon; Dolf Kämper, trumpet and theremin

TUESday JUNE 26, 2018  |  8:15 – 11:15pm 

@ Thrive Atelier | floor 5 South Studio 

Transmissions from Deep Space - Kamper (20 min.)

Aquarius - Gemini - Cancer - Libra, Tierkreis Melodies - Stockhausen (6 min.)
(Contrabassoon, Trumpet, Music Box)

Pulsating Stars Enable New Precise Determination of the Rotation of the Milky Way - Kamper (10 min.)
(Contrabassoon, Theremin)

Telemusik - Stockhausen (18 min)

Dessert and drink provided.
Suggested donation: $20/$15 student

No. 13  |  The World of Yes

Friday March 2, 2018  |  7 – 10pm 

@ Thrive Atelier

Join us for a recital of new music for voice and Saxophone
Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano and Alan Theisen, alto saxophone

No Matter How I Go (Epitaph for Carrie Fisher) — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
"Spring" and "Summer" from Season's Song — Michael Young *
Silver Songs — Anna Brake *
"Fall" and "Winter" from Season's Song — Michael Young *
Aria — John Cage
Epilogue — Jessica Rudman
when you touch — Alan Theisen *
From All Of Our Love This Was Lost — Nick Zoulek

We welcome home Megan Ihnen who ran the Federal Hill Parlor Series out of Jordan's former Light Street location! (Our inspiration for THRIVE MUSIC LIVE). 



Ross Hammond

Hammond was born August 10, 1977, in Lexington, Kentucky. He moved to Sacramento when he was 10 years old. Hammond started playing guitar, a gift from his mother, two years later. He wanted to play drums, but his mother was in favor of the more portable guitar.

His recording career as a leader began in 2003 with the album Gauche, followed by Optimism (2004), Sometimes Nocturnal (2005), Ross Hammond's Teakayo Mission(2007), Duets (2008), and Effective Use of Space (2009).

In 2008, Hammond and Byron Blackburn co-founded the In the Flow Jazz and Improvisational Music Festival. The festival emphasizes free form jazz and takes place annually in Sacramento.

Hammond started the new decade with the solo guitar album Ambience, Antiquite and Other Love Songs (2010). In 2012, he formed the Ross Hammond Quartet with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, drummer Alex Cline, and bassist Steuart Liebig. The quartet released Adored in 2012 and Cathedrals in 2013.[2] Both albums were recorded live in one day in a style reminiscent of classic jazz albums.[3] Cathedrals received a four-star review in Downbeat and was named one of the top jazz releases of 2013.[4] Jazz critic Ted Gioia named the album Upward (2016) by Hammond and Sameer Gupta thirty-fifth in his top 100 albums of the year.[5]

Hammond plays in a duo with drummer Scott Amendola called Lovely Builders and in Electropoetic Coffee with poet NSAA (Lawrence Dinkins). He has also worked with Adam Lane, Alan Cook, Alex Jenkins, Calvin Weston, Darren Johnston, Devin Hoff, Dwight Trible, G. E. Stinson, John Hanes, Ken Filiano, Kevin Corcoran, Kevin SecondsMike Pride, Murray Campbell, Oliver LakeSameer GuptaSteve Adams, and Vinny Golia.

Dolf Kämper

Dolf Kämper has performed as a trumpet player with symphonies in Mexico, Omaha, Baltimore, as well as in Germany. He studied trumpet with Jim Darling, Ed Hoffman, Mauro Maur, and Jack Sutte.

As a composer, Kämper has had performances both in the U.S. and in Germany. He studied composition with Loris Chobanian and attended workshops by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lucas Foss, and John Corigliano. 

He is co-artistic director of ANALOG arts.

Bryan Young

Bryan Young is one-third of America's best-known oboe, bassoon and piano classical music trio. You can here their latest recording here:




Thrive Music

Thrive Music originally began at Jordan Faye Contemporary. We, your curators, aim to keep Baltimore large on the map of who’s who in the New Music scene. After all, why should National Sawdust and Poisson Rouge have all the fun? We seek to promote local composers and musicians as well as host great collaborators from across the country.

We want to revive the music–meets–gallery movement started by Megan Ihnen at Jordan’s original Federal Hill location called The Federal Hill Parlor Series, which inspired many offshoots including Talk Show with Zach Branch, Joshua Bornfield’s War Memorial Concerts and our own James Young’s work with Occasional Symphony.

We seek to watch what happens when music and audiences collide at monthly concerts that are anything but formal. No stage will separate you from the musicians and we hope to see performers react to the work displayed on the walls, floors and ceilings around them. No barriers or categories need apply.


Meet the Curator:

Samantha Buker is a writer–editor– cultural critic–at–large and runs 7 Veils Studio in Mt. Vernon. Her published work ranges from classical music criticism to financial journalism and has appeared in such pubs as The Daily Reckoning, City Paper, The Washington Post, What Weekly and BmoreArt. She serves on the board of directors of PostClassical Ensemble and is Vice-President of Occasional Symphony here in Bmore.


MEET Our two HOSTS: ANALOG arts & Thrive Atelier

Thrive Music Live meets monthly and even sometimes twice a month at one of two locations, in the heart of the city at our very own Thrive Atelier or in the Northeast neighborhood of Lauraville at ANALOG arts. To learn more about the next musical debut... click the button below! 

Samantha Buker & Jordan Faye Block celebrating the Finissage for Jordan Faye Contemporary. July 2017. Mural behind them,  Intuitive Enigma , by Ms. Block.

Samantha Buker & Jordan Faye Block celebrating the Finissage for Jordan Faye Contemporary. July 2017. Mural behind them, Intuitive Enigma, by Ms. Block.