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Hanging Hearts: Chris Weller- tenor saxophone & effects, Cole DeGenova- keyboards, Quin Kirchner- drums & cymbals.



Hanging Hearts is a free-spirited, Chicago-based trio led by saxophonist Chris Weller described by European audiences as "hammering the walls between genres." Bridging the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music, the band features Cole DeGenova on keyboards and Quin Kirchner on drums.

In June 2016, Hanging Hearts went back into the studio at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI with drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus as producer to make their second album, Into a Myth. A strong step forward from their last, the record features eight cut-to-the-chase originals referencing various themes from creation myths to cosmic rights of passage. Into a Myth released on June 9, 2017 on the Minneapolis-based label Shifting Paradigm Records.


JUN 9, 2019: GALVA, IL, USA / Levitt AMP Galva Music Series


"...Hanging Hearts walk the line between manic extroversion and cool soulfulness on Into a Myth." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader Read Article

"Not afraid to mix things up, Hanging Hearts covers a broad spectrum of sounds that Chicago is known for, with energy and spirit." - Avant Music News Read Article

"The Trio's favourite modus operandi is carefully constructing a track, before hitting it over the head and gleefully taking it apart..." -Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood Read Article

"...a record that came straight from the gut." -Scott Gordon, Tone Madison Read Article

"...intelligent and fascinating fusion for the 21st century." -Roger Farbey, All About Jazz Read Article

"Dave King fills the Into a Myth producer role and Hanging Hearts add torque and tension." -Stephen Graham, Marlbank Read Article




“James Brown could have found some funk in Hanging Hearts. These guys are from Chicago, the ghosts of legendary Windy City tenor players like Fred Anderson and Von Freeman blow through Chris Weller’s intentions. He’s done the Berklee College of Music thing and DeGenova’s been a soul-boy, with this album comes the time to shake the wider world. What I hear is self belief played with strength and it’s there for the taking.” -Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz Read Article

“Free bop with a rock edge to it avant fans will immediately get the band, one that teeters on the edge of chaos time and time again yet all three know how to push the reset button back from the edge to relative safety.” -Stephen Graham, Marlbank Read Article

“An album that shines with passion, participation and dialogue, nothing is left hanging, each portion is lived intensely by the three.” -Giuseppe Mavilla, scrivere di jazzRead Article

“The trio brings it’s own language…” -Carlos Lara, Tomajazz Read Article

FOUR STARS “Indeed, a top-shelf album that will require repeated listens.” -Geannine Reid, All About Jazz Read Article

FOUR STARS “…these guys carve out their own territory.” -Roger Farbey, All About Jazz Read Article

“I was on the edge of my seat…” -Randy Hunter, Jazzbeat.org Read Article

3.9.15: Neratovice, Czech Republic- “Hanging Hearts shocked and stunned music fans... went up and down the road recklessly hammering the walls between genres. It was the kind of concert, which will be even after years of talk. Those who were there, they will be remembered as a true musical event.”– Pavel Šanda, Neratoviny Read Article

3.16.15: Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár, Hungary- “It was phenomenal. The number was so full sound as if it would have been a 5-6 piece band that played there.”– Stephen Count, Láthatatlan Sárvár Read Article