It’s Sunday morning at American River College and the members of Kairos are rehearsing. Most jazz musicians aren’t known for being early risers, let alone getting up on a Sunday morning for a rehearsal. But then Kairos isn’t your typical jazz group.
The unorthodox trio includes bass, saxophone and trombone, with members also playing hand percussion and the traditional Australian aboriginal wind instrument – the didjeridu.
Trombonist and didj player Dyne Eifersten says audiences are drawn to their unique instrumentation.
"I’ve spent like 22 years trying to master the trombone and about 8 minutes on the didj but people tend to kind of collect towards that and it’s kind of depressing but it’s also cool because people enjoy it."
All three members of Kairos are music educators who teach mainstream jazz at Sacramento State and American River College. They also play around town as working jazz musicians.
But saxophonist Stee Lishman says with Kairos, they’re able to stretch out creatively. "This is kind of our love. This is a chance to do our own thing, our own music. We don’t play with a lot of chord changes and symbols and even scales and modes. We are basically a freely, improvised group so that’s what makes it thrilling and exciting to play in a group like this."
Kairos performs Wednesday at noon during Sacramento State’s annual Festival of New American Music.