The bi-coastal A/B Duo (percussionist Christopher G. Jones from Rochester, NY and flutist Meerenai Shim from the San Francisco Bay Area) is committed to performing a variety of fun, intense, and thought-provoking new works with a scrappy, DIY attitude. Part garage band, part Bang on a Can All Stars, A/B Duo commissions most of the music they perform, which varies wildly in style and instrumentation — from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set.
Formed in Chicago, A/B Duo has been touring and commissioning new works since 2012. During the 2013-2016 seasons, A/B Duo will premiere 15 new works by Drew Baker, Zack Browning, Brooks Frederickson, Olivia Kieffer, Andrea La Rose, Jenna Lyle, Ned McGowan, Carolyn O’Brien, Matthew Joseph Payne, Brendon Randall-Myers, Ryan Ross Smith, Alan Theisen, Ivan Trevino, Francisco Castillo Trigueros, and Ken Ueno.
“Things We Dream About,” A/B Duo's rock and roll and Gameboy infused EP of compositions by Ivan Trevino and Matthew Joseph Payne was released in December 2013. The duo is currently recording their first full-length album, tentatively titled “Ricochet,” to be released in 2016.