Duo Bad Luck – Neil Welch (saxophone/electronics), Chris Icasiano(drums) – perform collaborative composition R.B.G. with dancer Lorraine Lau. They write: This composition is a collaboration, not a Bad Luck piece set to dance. We developed R.B.G. during lengthy rehearsals and worked to carefully construct a landscape where sound and physical motion ring in equal measure through a room. Lorraine’s dance embodies a similar artistic process to a Bad Luck composition. Some elements are carefully choreographed, while others arise spontaneously through improvisation. R.B.G. is a flexible work meant to fully interpret the room it is performed in. This composition was originally debuted at the Ballard Jazz Walk in April 2015.
Guitarist Frank Kohl, originally from New York State, learned music in his high school jazz band, got inspired at clubs in New York City, studied at Berklee in Boston, and returned to New York City as a professional, recording his first CD, Reform, with bassist Michael Moore in 1981.
Kohl migrated to the Bay Area in 1983 and joined a band called Warmth, led by vibraphonist Don McCaslin. Then he met his Seattle-born wife, and they moved to the Pacific Northwest.
Kohl’s creative flame was rekindled, after a ten-year hiatus, hearing Jim Hall at Jazz Alley, reports Steve Griggs in a recent CD review of Kohl’s Invisible Man [Earshot Jazz, December 2014]. Of the recording of five Kohl originals and three standards, Griggs writes, “While Kohl clearly mastered technique, his guitar solos sing true with room for breath and emotion.”
Citizens Band is Ivan Arteaga (reeds), Chris Icasiano (drums), and Jeff Johnson (bass). The trio writes: It’s a new group that focuses on playing original jazz pieces with room for lots of improvisation and spontaneity. Icasiano and Arteaga are younger musicians in the Seattle music scene. They paired with veteran bassist Jeff Johnson to explore and foster communication through improvisation across two generations of jazz musicians. …Improvisation has always been at the forefront of every developmental step in the art form, and to continue the tradition of pushing the improvisation forward is Citizens Band’s path.
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