Multifarious is an eclectic international trio with Sue McKenzie - saxophones (Scotland), Susan Mayo - cello (USA), and Paul Elwood - banjo (USA/France).
From jazz and avant-garde via deconstructed bluegrass, the trio weaves inventive improvisations amongst diverse sounds and have played concerts in the US, Scotland (Broadcast, Glasgow), France ("Le Jam" and Le Corbusier, Marseille) and Croatia (Kontesa Jazz Club, Zagreb).
Their debut album will be released in early 2020 alongside gigs and workshops in Georgia (US, Feb 2020) and Poland (Katowice JazzArt Festival).
Sue McKenzie (“an exceptional saxophonist” - Saxophone Journal Magazine / “faultless technical control” - Gramophone Magazine) plays in a variety of contexts both in jazz. world, improvising and classical realms (recording for Delphian Records). She was guest artist at the RADD Jazz Series, University of Wisconsin River Falls, USA (2019) and other recent gigs include the 606 Club / Jazz Cafe (London), West Holts Stage (Glastonbury) as well as with BBC DJ Sara Cox and Australian DJ HDTM. She works regularly with the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra and recently wrote “Faramach Suite” (for saxophone sextet and percussion) which received its' world premiere in Croatia, 2018, featuring players from Costa Rica and Canada.
Paul Elwood is active in the realms of experimental, bluegrass, and jazz. In 2015 he played on a premiere by experimental music pioneer Alvin Lucier and has collaborated with guitarist Jean-Marc Montera, legendary composer Christian Wolff, percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, cellist Hank Roberts, French saxophonist Raphaël Imbert, and the Callithumpian Consort of the New England Conservatory, Zeitgeist, bluegrass legend John Hartford, and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen, among many others.
Susan Mayo is active not only in the classical world, playing with the Wichita Symphony, but can also be seen with the WC Quartet, one of the only improvising string quartets in town, Poke Salad Orchestra, a string trio firmly rooted in American traditions, and the 21 Century Projects collective, a creative collaborative of musicians, visual artists, and dancers. She has collaborated on a variety of projects writing works for the WC Quartet and was recently awarded a Tallgrass Artist Residence.