Cuddle Band

Active: Late 2007 to present

   Art Lande - piano
   Juli Royster - bass
   Amy Shelley - drums

(Photo by David Silver)


Cuddle is a band that arises out of a need for space, healthy bodies and relational contact. The music that results from this environment is subtle and powerful, simple then complex, familiar and then singularly unusual. Colorful improvisations lead to pieces by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, the Beatles, or perhaps an original in 5/4 or 7/4 time. The audience is encouraged to bring pillows and close friends to relax with and listen to music where the spaces between the notes are as potent as the notes themselves.

In a world where often too much is going on too quickly, Cuddle brings the listener to a place where sound is precious, and a wide range of musical events can be anticipated, fully explored and savored. Cuddle is an invitation to sink into an experience of the dance between sound and silence, body and mind, self and community.

We are a project band, which means we work on the music of one composer for 6 to 8 months then play a concert of that music with flowing compositions and free improv segues between them.

To date, the Project List includes:
Steve Swallow
Wayne Shorter
Bill Evans
John Coltrane
Art Lande - the ECM years
70'S Jazz Icons - Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock

Cuddle concerts are also unique because we encourage the audience to lie down and enjoy the music in more comforatble and neutral postiion.


Dec 2019
Cuddle's next project is not yet determined, but we are currently considering a deep dive and exploration of music by Horace Silver, Oscar Petersen or Chick Corea.

Thank you for your strong support of our latest project of Steve Swallow music, and stay tuned for the announcement of out next project and concert.