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Jazz: The Second Century — Night Two — Watch Party
October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Top Row: CHA photo courtesy of the artist, Ray Larsen photo by Steve Korn
Bottom Row: EarthtoneSkytone photo by Dennis Diaz, Rae photo by Haley Freedlund
This is a pre-recorded concert that will air on YouTube. This event is free but requires registration.
The Jazz: The Second Century series has always been about exploring the fundamental question: “One-hundred years into the art-form, what sonic shape does jazz take in its second century?” This question has never felt more relevant—or urgent—during these times of physical distancing, where musicians are being forced to explore new and innovative ways to develop and present their art.
Things are a little different in this edition of the Jazz: The Second Century series. Working with the Racer Sessions team, we’ve adapted the format from a live concert to a pre-recorded audio or video performance, which will be presented as two watch parties. Jazz: The Second Century is the continuation of Earshot’s first programming initiative. 2020 marks the first time the series is presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
CHA is an iconoclastic trio of classically trained artists who’ve crossed into the world of free improvisation. Carol J Levin, Heather Bentley, and Amelia Love Clearheart are regular participants in Seattle’s dynamic creative music scene, joining forces to make a bold and unique statement.
Ray Larsen is a Seattle-based trumpeter and composer. known for his spirited sound and inventive writing. This music searches. A single line, grasping and imploding and forming into something else. A stream of consciousness with a future to find.
EarthtoneSkytone is the duo project from Kelsey Mines (bass, vocals) and Carlos Snaider (guitar, vocals). This new music, recorded from the artists’ homes, speaks to grounding, resilience, and change.
Rae is a trio led by Abbey Blackwell (bass) featuring Ronan Delisle (guitar) and Evan Woodle (drums). Their project offers lyrical tunes with sometimes jarring harmonies that complement each other, offering relatable melodies with an avant-garde undercurrent. The group’s sound has been called “The New Cool” by some, as they weave together grooves and free form improvisation in a focused yet laid back way.
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