GFK Trio formed in the spring of 2013 with the idea of acknowledging, extending and revitalizing the classic instrumental jazz organ trio. Each member’s love for the funky and soulful tradition pioneered by artists like Jimmy Smith, mixed with influences from pop, rock, funk, hip hop and electronic, have lead to the trio’s sound: an intense, soulful, energetic and entertaining musical experience. You can expect to hear many classic tunes however you will be surprised at how flawlessly the group integrates fresh new sounds, rhythms, grooves and exciting solo sections. The audience may want to dance, or maybe intently listen to the group’s musical synergy. Whichever it may be, GFK Trio has a passion for music and they want to share it with you.
Dan "JG" Gruszka has music flowing through his veins. Growing up, his father Joe, one of Detroit's premier studio equipment repairmen, would take Dan along to some of the area's finest studios. At age 12, he began improvising and writing, and since then he has performed and recorded music ranging from progressive rock to hip hop to folk. Co-founded May King, which was awarded an honorable mention in the 2012 Song of the Year International Songwriting Contest. As a solo artist, he performs acoustic fingerstyle for weddings, private events and coffee shops. He has studied with blues virtuoso Alex Johnson, Oakland University's John Hall and jazz bassist Dave Sharp. He currently studies with Detroit Jazz artist's Duncan McMillan and Jake Reichbart. Dan also has a Bachelor's of Engineering in Computer Science from Michigan State University.
Eric “Fil” Fillip is a native of Detroit, MI. Introduced to the drum set at age 8, he seriously pursued the instrument as a freshmen in high school. Throughout the last 13 years, he has performed extensively and recorded with several groups. Currently, he is working with: The Mike Leonard Band (Late Night Detroit band), GFK Trio, and House of Spheres. He has also performed and recorded with Timecube, Aashram, Mikhal Caldwell, May King, Mike Vial and Painted White. Fillip studied under Lewis Jullian throughout college and has been studying with Tom Starr throughout the past 6 years. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Wayne State University.
Scott Kulik, a natural multi-instrumentalist, began studying piano at age 5 followed by guitar in his early teens. With this and a gift for songwriting, he lead the progressive rock group "Kulisco" for 4 years, performing in Lansing and East Lansing, on both piano and guitar. When approaching jazz, it was only natural for him to gravitate to the instrument that requires two brains, the organ. Scott regularly performs with the jazz organ quartet, Backward Shack and studies with jazz organist Duncan McMillan and pianist Mick Dobday. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University.