Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s. She has worked with U.S. icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and also Greg Osby, who released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she's now set to release her second album Dream Within a Dream on May 26th via Lyte Records. Choosing a chordless trio format, Meilana features MOBO nominated drummer David Lyttle, who has featured her in his own trio and alongside trumpet star Terell Stafford, and whose own recent studio collaborations include Joe Lovano and Talib Kweli. On bass is Co. Clare born Neil O'Loghlen, who is known for his work with guitar master Louis Stewart and Ensemble Eriu.
...Gillard is a gutsy, inventive player with a forceful melodic sense and an open, old-school tenor sound. ...Gillard’s full-throated contribution to the saxophone trio canon is as charming as it is courageous. 4**** - Cormac Larkin IRISH TIMES

Since I moved to Belfast in 2012, I started working with Drummer/Producer and head of Lyte Records, David Lyttle in various projects. 2015, I played with David's trio with Neil O Loclainn  who he had already worked with for a couple of years) for the first time.  I really enjoyed the energy and interplay and especially the openness of the trio sound. The three of us didn't find ourselves together again until Feb/March 2016 where we did another show featuring David's music.   After that second experience, I knew I had to find a way to play more with these guys in this setting.   Both of them are a joy to play with, so I asked them if they'd be into building something and to my luck and delight, they were into it!   So we did a few gigs here and there, I wrote some music for the trio as I dug into all my go-to trio inspriations like Sonny, Joe, Elvin, Trane, Branford, Josh etc. and just had a blast quickly writing some music for us to dig into.  We recorded at the magical Grouse Lodge in mid November of 2016 and now we just released 'Dream Within a Dream' on May 26th on Lyte Records!

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