Ben Wendel High Heart and Kendrick Scott Oracle Double Bill
7p Kendrick Scott Oracle premiering CMA New Work "-D-A-S-H-"
8:15p Ben Wendel High Heart featuring Michael Mayo, Shai Maestro, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, Nate Wood
$25 at door
Ben Wendel High Heart
Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist and composer Ben Wendel is joined by vocalist Michael Mayo, Shai Maestro and Gerald Clayton on piano/keys, bassist Joe Sanders, and Nate Wood on drums for a debut performance of his brand new group, High Heart. Commissioned by the Chamber Music America New Works Grant, this project will explore the impact of technology on the creation of art.
Kendrick Scott Oracle
In an attempt to find a title that represented my vision, I came across the word oracle. Its definition draws attention to an individual, but I see the word in the context of the band as an entity; pushing the audience to ask deeper questions about ones meaning. Accordingly, our music is played with passion and sincerity. In every note, written and unwritten, the listener is exposed to an array of complex emotions. Emotions that lead to a broader truth through the journey of self discovery. We hope the music can call some people to action. Others to inaction. These are the kinds of personal reactions the music was written and played to evoke. The name, Kendrick Scott Oracle (KSO), possesses a mythical tinge, but its meaning is actual.
The concept of KSO was conceived from the influence of jazz master drummer, Art Blakey and the movie The Matrix. In The Matrix, the main character, Neo, would visit the Oracle for counsel. He would challenge to reality by questioning the Oracles concepts and being. Rather than explaining the truth outright, she used questions to help him discover the answers within himself. In conjunction, Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers were very significant in that they made music to reach people by challenging the audiences concept of music. I connected with this concept of communicating a message of truth to the listener through questioning the status quo.
The latest group features Joe Sanders on bass, John Ellis on reeds, Taylor Eigsti on piano and Mike Moreno on guitar. ( Insert Photos and Links for their websites) Each of them possesses a powerful transparency in their sound that cuts to the core of the music, and embraces the others around them. I want to thank each of them for their integrity in, and away from, music. They are all bandleaders in their own right, so look out for their projects. -KADS
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