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Benjamin Hunter Quintet

November 6 @ 7:00 pm

Benjamin Hunter playing a violin

Benjamin Hunter photo by Amber Zbitnoff

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The Benjamin Hunter Quintet ensemble includes Benjamin Hunter (violin), Darrius Willrich (keys), Camilo Estrada (bass), Chris Patin (drums) and Ricardo Guity (percussion).
This program will be live streamed from Town Hall Seattle.

Welcomed by Rainier Avenue Radio

The much-loved Hillman City violinist — and guitarist, mandolinist, singer, and teller of tales of slavery, reconstruction, reconciliation, and still-broken promises — blends musical disciplines to stirring, compassionate effect. Hunter, with Camilo Estrada on bass, Darrius Willrich on keys, Ricardo Guity on percussion, and Chris Patin on drums, will play original music exploring the Black diaspora—from West African to the blues; jazz to Motown. All the musicians have deep music roots in Seattle. Hunter is currently an artist-in-residence for On The Boards. Hunter and Estrada have a long history together having cofounded Seattle’s Black and Tan Hall. Hunter and Willrich teach at Seattle’s JazzEd. Patin is also an educator and has performed with a wide array of Seattle’s luminary musicians. Originally from Honduras, but now based in Seattle, Guity has performed at the UW School of Music and with many other local ensembles.

“It has given us time to think,” says the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Hunter of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Time to be alone with ourselves. Time to reckon with that isolation. Time to embrace it.” Hunter plays roots music (on violin, mandolin, guitar, percussion, and voice) and the isolation has changed the notes of his music. “It’s underscored for me the importance of the arts and the true value of human connection.” Hunter, with a small ensemble, will share that music virtually via a livestream concert as part of the Earshot 2020 Digital Festival.

Hunter, with Camilo Estrada on bass, Darrius Willrich on keys, and Chris Patin on drums, will play original music exploring the Black diaspora—from West African to the blues; jazz to Motown. All the musicians have deep music roots in Seattle. Hunter is currently an artist-in-residence for On The Boards. Hunter and Estrada have a long history together having cofounded Seattle’s Black and Tan Hall. Hunter and Willrich teach at Seattle’s JazzEd. Patin is also an educator and has performed with a wide array of Seattle’s luminary musicians.

Coupled with COVID has been the upsurge of the Black Lives Matter Movement, certainly something that has also impacted Hunter’s artistic output. “As an activist and community organizer for 10 years in this city, I’m curious to know how BLM has colored Earshot Jazz. This is to say, the movement is part and parcel of my life in America. It has been my whole life.” Earshot Jazz’s statement on anti-racism can be found at earshot.org/earshot-jazz-and-anti-racism.

There are silver linings in the pandemic, in the tumult in the streets. For Hunter, they’re opportunities to pay more attention to things that matter (family, self-care, storytelling) and focus on playing, and practicing, and writing music. “My goal,’ Hunter says of his music, “is to make something I am happy with; that comes from my own authenticity.” Soon Earshot audiences will be able to share in that happiness online. COVID or not, connectivity continues.

–Jonathan Shipley

These are challenging times for artists, please give them your support:: https://www.patreon.com/benjaminhunter

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Date:
November 6
Time:
7:00 pm
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Organizer

Earshot Jazz
Phone:
206-547-6763
Email:
info at earshot dot org
Website:
www.earshot.org

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