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Kris Bowers + NONVisuals: Music and Art / Ivan Arteaga’s CMD
October 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Kris Bowers photo by Lauren Desberg
$22 general / $20 members & seniors / $10 students & military
Welcomed by KEXP.
This stunning evening of visual music features keyboardist Kris Bowers, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition (and recent bandmate of Kanye West and José James), teaming with Christian Hannon, a visual artist using technology with music to shape reality. Opening is the compelling CMD (computer, music, and dance) project of Seattle saxophonist Ivan Arteaga.
Jazz in its second century is increasingly exciting in its mission to positively challenge exactly what it is and can be. Pianist and film composer Kris Bowers has never been afraid to step outside any genre’s traditional boundaries to create other evolutions of music. This rich and eclectic sensibility is evident from the very first notes of his compositions, as well as his own playing; as a result, his skill and musicianship has been sought after by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Marcus Miller, José James, Ludacris, Christian Rich, Jay Z, and Kanye West. For this performance, Bowers teams up with artist Christian Hannon, a New York-based digital artist who has merged his interests in art and technology into an audio-visual experience called projection mapping. Paired with live music, Hannon projects his own moving images onto 3D sculptures to create an exceptional concert experience, which Hannon himself has likened to “playing light,” similarly to how one might play music.
Opening the evening is CMD, a multidisciplinary collective orchestrated by saxophonist Ivan Arteaga and digital musician Marcin Pączkowski, both long-standing pillars of the local improvisational scene. Standing for “Computers, Music, and Dance,” CMD includes Greg Sinibaldi on baritone sax, Chris Icasiano on drums, and dancer Allison Burke. Using accelerometer sensors worn by the musicians that detect motion and send signals back to Pączkowski’s computer, the group performs compelling graphic scores that are emotive and unafraid to envelop the spaces in which they are performed.