Come catch Optimum Trajectory in and around the Twin Cities. We create innovative, exciting renditions of jazz standards and original music. Find us at area clubs and coffee shops, or hire us to add some flair to your party.
Optimum Trajectory donates every penny we receive in tips at our gigs to area charities. Do some good, listen to something great!
A tight yet classic sound mixing old school country and bluegrass into a web of feel good sounds. Instrumentation is flawless with vocals that take you back to the golden age of Nashville. Sweet harmonies and even a yodel or two are sure to put a smile across your evening.
Minnesotan through and through, Mark Schirmacher’s introspective, image-rich songwriting looks inward and reaches outward; weaving folk, pop, and singer/songwriter influences together to create moody, expressionistic snapshots of people, places, and ideas close to the heart. His 2015 solo debut, “Broken Hearts Shine,” was recorded in NE Minneapolis and is available for digital download and on CD and Vinyl at shows and various record stores around Minnesota.
The unifying element of Debbie, Shawn, and Dawn is that they are dedicated students of Adam Granger’s. In choosing a name for the band, they wanted to recognize this connection and became Granger’s Moonshine. A definition of moonshine from the 1800s describes either: a) great ideas; or b) a bunch of nonsense—depending upon the dictionary you ask. Either way, the name fits and has stuck. The Moonshiners bring together a variety of guitar styles including fingerstyle, flat-picking, and slide for a robust acoustic sound. They play originals and covers from folk, alt country, and old time traditions, throwing in a jig here and there to spice up the mix. On occasion, Adam even joins in, adding flashy guitar leads and humor. You can hear Granger’s Moonshine at local venues around St. Paul and find each of the three playing in a range of musical configurations with friends and on their own.
The Wayward Creek Band includes Debbie Cushman, Elizabeth Giffin and Mary Nienaber. We play an assortment of folk, bluegrass, hymns and other music as inspired by the setting. Our trio had the good fortune of meeting through providing music for Wednesday evening chapel services at Unity Unitarian in St. Paul.