Jazz: The Second Century -- Eric Ring | Paul Kikuchi's Autonomic Ensemble *** TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ***
Pianist Eric Ring and jazz peers, including trumpeter Jim Knodle, made an impact on Seattle's late 80s and early 90s scene. At that time, Ring, Knodle, bassist Doug Lilla and drummer John Lavin, in the trio Circular Cowboys, struck Earshot Jazz writer Bruce Kochis: "Cool, cerebral, lightly swinging, spare this kind of music reminds me of the MJQ with its abstract, geometrical design."
In recent months, Ring's re-joined his contemporaries, plus drummer Jeff Ferguson, in jams and hangs in White CenterWest Seattle bars Mac's Triangle Pub, the Shipwreck Tavern (recently closed) or Duos.
Ring's Second Century submission, solo piano, shows the pianist in pensive mode. He writes: "This music is an exploration of texture, voicing and song in small compositions these pieces are deliberately quiet."
Paul Kikuchi's Autonomic Ensemble
Paul Kikuchi - percussion and composition
Taina Karr - oboe
Ivan Arteaga - clarinet
Greg Sinibaldi - bass clarinet
Tari Nelson-Zagar - violin
Eyvind Kang - viola
Natalie Mai Hall - cello
John Teske - bass
Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, educator, instrument inventor and builder and Feldenkrais practitioner. He has performed in collaborative projects from large to small, with Wally Shoup, Stuart Dempster, others, and solo, in site-specific works; he's the artistic director and founder of Prefecture Records; he's held residencies at Centrum, near Port Townsend, and at the Montalvo Arts Center, California; he's the recipient of awards and grants from Artist Trust, Chamber Music America, 4Culture, American Composers Forum, the Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. As an undergrad, Kikuchi sought out rhythm great Milford Graves at Bennington College, at the suggestion of drummer Gregg Keplinger, who helped set Kikuchi up with his earliest drum kit. From Bennington College, Kikuchi eventually pursued a master of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts African American Improvisational Music program led by Wadada Leo Smith, of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The emphasis on interdisciplinary arts from that program continues to be part of Kikuchi's artistry.
He writes, in his Second Century submission: "The next stage of jazz music is not a stage. Jazz is a continuum. It is the continued effort of those devoted to musical exploration through improvisation, dialogue, form, freedom and the joy of creating. Jazz is the individuals who make it, who continue the search."
The Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center (View)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
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