guitarist Eric Hofbauer and pianist
Tyson Rogers, now in their early 30's,
first met at Boston's New England Conservatory in 1997 and have since
each worked with some of the most respected names in creative improvised
Together as The Blueprint Project they augment their original compositions
and highly developed interaction with older, more established rhythm
section players (thus far the list includes Han Bennink, Cecil McBee
and Matt Wilson) to create a consciously eclectic and intergenerational
ensemble that is constantly reinventing itself.
Critics have noted the group's "witty, contemporary sounding improvisation" (James
Hale, DownBeat) and "intelligent, incisively crafted compositions" (Andy
Hamilton, Jazz Review), and called its music "serious fun" (Julian
Cowley, The Wire ), "full of striking rhythms and harmonic
ideas" (Ted Kane, JazzReview.com) and "nothing short of glorious...music
that is a working definition of just how uplifting human creativity
can be" (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com).
"They are talented, well educated, thoroughly modern," wrote Village
Voice reviewer Tom Hull. "They can do post-bop, post-Monk,
post-Ornette; they can play gospel and tango and free. One of the
few jazz groups that feels communal."
Originally called Pendulabellum when it released its first CD in 1998,
The Blueprint Project has since released two more recordings, The
Blueprint Project (Creative Nation Music, 2004) and People
I Like (Creative Nation Music, 2007).