Karin Stevens Dance and the Sam Boshnack Quintet
KSD curates a concert of new dance with live music by Seattle's Sam Boshnack Quintet
SEATTLE, WA: On October 3 & 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm at Velocity Dance Center's Founders Theater, located at 1621 12th Ave, KSD will present an evening of new modern dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet live in performance. In addition to the choreographic work by Karin Stevens, KSD invites guest choreographers, Penny Hutchinson and Jurg Koch, to create new dances on Karin Stevens and the KSD dancers.
Since the first KSD concert in 2009, every production incorporates a local, live and/or new music component. Noticing the work of rising trumpet player, composer, and bandleader, Sam Boshnack, Karin Stevens became inspired by her work. Boshnack is quickly gaining acclaim as a composer. A classic jazz instrumentation, that does anything but standard music, this band has the precision of a chamber ensemble and the weight of a rock band. Boshnack creates work with intricately woven soundscapes harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations.
The choreographed program includes the Quintet's recently released album, "Exploding Syndrome" and a new commission composed by Boshnack for Stevens.
This concert is supported in part by a group grant from 4Culture.
October 3 & 4 2014, 8pm
Velocity Dance Center- Founders Theater
1621 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
About Karin Stevens Dance:
Founded in 2009, Karin Stevens Dance is a Seattle based 501c3 non-profit performance company that presents and tours multiple performances around the NW region. KSD creates dance to original new music and/or live musical accompaniment of new and old music, and collaborates with many local and regional organizations, musicians, composers, visual/theater/movement artists, and costume designers. KSD has worked with the Kalispel, MT based Glacier Symphony and Chorale, the Missoula, MT based String Orchestra of the Rockies, and Seattle's Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Simple Measures, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, Taproot Theater, and Book-It Theater to name a few... ksd has received support from Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4-Culture and the Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation.
About Sam Boshnack Quintet:
Sam Boshnack's latest project is original compositions for a beautifully quirky, high-energy Quintet. A classic jazz instrumentation, that does anything but standard music, the Quintet packs a power punch. Formed in 2011, the group was nominated for a 2012 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for NW Alternative Jazz Group. Boshnack's primary small ensemble as a leader, this band thrashes and bounds through tightly woven twists, tunnels and cliffs with the deftness and precision of a chamber ensemble and weight of a rock band.
Boshnack creates work with intricately woven soundscapes harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations in her personal blend of jazz, rock, contemporary chamber, world, and experimental music. Like all of her projects (B'shnorkestra, Reptet), she works to eliminate boundaries and create a sound that reflects the dynamic complexities of individual experiencethat's also a really good time. The Sam Boshnack Quintet debut record "Exploding Syndrome" was released in March 2014."On this disc, the band sounds huge, almost orchestral, but also lithe. You could almost say this is chamber jazz, but there's too much modernity to honestly describe it that waythese are pieces that can only be conceived by someone with an intimate understanding of many music forms; Boshnack's exposure ranges from Bach to Balkan..." (somethingelsereviews.com) http://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com/about/
She has receive support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation of the Arts, and Earshot Jazz.
About the Choreographers:
Karin Stevens began her training most notably with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, The Seattle Children's Theater and the University of Washington; receiving a B.A in dance. In 1999, Stevens began presenting her work and since has completed more than 60 dances, presenting work in Florida, Maryland, California, Montana and Washington. In 2003, Stevens was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship for the Mills College MFA Dance program. While dancing with the Mills Repertory Dance Company her performance in Molissa Fenley's, Water Courses, was recognized in the Voice of Dance. Following graduate school, Stevens formed Oakland Dance Encounter, collaborating with local composers and performing in many Bay Area venues. Stevens returned to Seattle to form Karin Stevens Dance. Since 2009, Stevens has produced five KSD concerts and co-produced or been commissioned for twelve concerts. 2009 - 2011, her company was established as the resident dance company of the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. As Dance Curator for the Fremont Abbey Stevens produced a number of curated dance events and assisted in the mission and launch of dance educational classes, workshops and community outreach. Stevens has danced for VOCI Dance, Double Vision, Omega West, Push Up Something Hidden Dance, Westwick Dolder Dance Theater, Molissa Fenley and Dancers, Penny Hutchinson, and various Seattle, Los Angeles and Bay Area independent choreographers. In February 2009, she joined, master choreographer, Molissa Fenley, as an associate artist, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The versatility of Stevens ability has also been seen on the stage with Taproot Theatre, Book-it Repertory Theatre and through a commission by Theatre Puget Sound.
Penny Hutchinson, a native of Seattle, attended the Juilliard School and received her MFA from Mills College. She was a founding member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, 1980-1992. In 1990 she received a New York Dance and Performance Award, BESSIE. She has taught in many places in US and abroad including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, School of Modern Danse, Chennai, India, and is currently a faculty member at Western Washington University. She has
worked with theatre and opera directors, Peter Sellars, Stephen Wadsworth,
Tony Taccone, and Erich Parce as choreographer and assistant. She has
collaborated with visual artists, Sarah Wolfe, and Jamal Lansari; composers Fei
Wu, Michael Bajuk, Vyautas Germanavicius; and set designer and architect,
Regan McClellan. Her more recent choreography has been at Atlantic Center
for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida; 92nd St. Y's 75th Anniversary- Molissa
Fenley and Friends, Seattle International Dance Festival; Chop Shop in Bellevue
WA.; Seattle Dance Project 5, and ARC Dance at the Leo K. Theatre Seattle.
Jürg Koch, UW Assistant Professor, Donald E. Peterson
Endowed Fellow, received his MA from the London Contemporary
Dance School. Working with Candoco, integrating disabled and non-
disabled performers, and dancing in contemporary repertory including
works by Bill T Jones, Javier de Frutos and Fin Walker informs Jürg's
artistic and pedagogic outlook.
Jürg Koch has been working internationally as a performer,
choreographer and dance educator for the past fifteen years. In Seattle
Koch regularly appeared as a guest performer for the Chamber Dance
Company and in contemporary works by Amy O'Neal and Mark Haim
His choreographic work spans from in-house productions for the UW
to commissions for various dance companies including Candoco (UK)
and Flatfoot Dance Company (South Africa). Jürg's work has been
performed in the U.S., Europe and South Africa, including the NWNW
Festival at On the Boards, The Bridge Project at Velocity and the
Seattle International Dance Festival.
Founders Theater at Velocity Dance Center (View)
1621 - 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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