BT3 Acoustic @ Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY (9/22)

Posted: August 21, 2015

Ben Tyree’s jazz/rock/funk trio, BT3 has long held the reigns as one of New York City’s most refreshing and exciting instrumental groups. With the acoustic version, Tyree and bassist Kevin Farrell team up with tabla master Sameer Gupta adding an Eastern flair to the already eclectic material. The excitement is palpable and the energy is always high. With strong compositions and adventurous improvisation, BT3 Acoustic will likely stimulate the hearts and minds of the most avid music lovers. On Tuesday, September 22 @ 9:30pm, Tyree and BT3 Acoustic will perform at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place – Brooklyn, NY).

Guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Valerie June, Elliott Sharp, and Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber.

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. He has held workshops on Indian music and cross over drumming styles, at Carnegie Hall Global Encounters, The Jazzschool in Berkeley and Berklee College of Music in Boston. By combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his Indian heritage and American roots, Sameer has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla, Gupta continues to compose and perform music from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents.

Kevin Farrell is a bass player whose credentials range from Diddy to Leo Smith. Kevin’s latest release entitled “The Brooklyn Label Sessions” is now available on iTunes and all proceeds benefit New York City soup kitchens.

BT3 Acoustic’s performance on Tuesday, September 22 @ 9:30pm at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place – Brooklyn, NY) is an all-ages show. Tickets are $10 at the door. For press inquiries, please email: before 12noon on Monday, 9/21.


“BT3′s (Ben Tyree Trio) tightly woven musical storybook bristles with energy and seduces with equally deft passages of unabashed lyricism.”
- All About Jazz (January 2015)

“Ben Tyree epitomizes the new generation of jazz artists with his eclectic mix of styles, featuring hard percussive funk armed with arrested guitar riffs, giving his performances fitful spurts, as well as more traditional seamless melodic reveries that broaden his sonic reach.”
- Rick Landers (Guitar International)

“Tyree is a master of infectious grooves and great mood-enhancing vibes”
- Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery – NYC)

“Ben Tyree is an exciting and original voice on acoustic guitar and he’s creating unique music:  pleasurable but never simplistic; tough and driving yet subtle; intense, visceral, and lyrical.”
- Elliott Sharp (guitarist)