Bad Luck w/ Erik Blood & Prom Queen:

Christopher Icasiano Rethinks & Redefines the “Jazz Audience”


Christopher Icasiano & Neil Welch photo courtesy of artist.

Friday, June 24, 8pm
Barboza (21+), 925 E Pike St / $8

Christopher Icasiano, Seattle drummer and Table & Chairs co-founder, brings an eclectic bill of experimental/avant-garde music to one of Seattle’s mainstream music venues.

Featuring Bad Luck, Erik Blood, and Prom Queen, this all-local lineup at Barboza on Friday, June 24, represents a perfectly eclectic meeting of genres. These three Seattle acts take us on a journey from the avant-garde to moody electronic soundscapes to dreamy desert surf pop. The common thread is carefully crafted songs that tell intriguing stories and bust out of careful classification.

“In booking this show, I wanted to continue pushing the boundaries and defying concertgoers’ expectations of live music,” says Icasiano.

Bad Luck is the duo of Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch. Their style is built on virtuosic chops and deep knowledge of jazz, but influences range far beyond to hip hop, metal, folk, and free improvisation of all flavors.

Erik Blood creates music that lives in the magic hour. His production is a nuanced secret told only to his co-conspirators (Shabazz Palaces, Moondoggies, THEESatisfaction). After two albums and a film score, Blood is delving further inward, into the dream, and returning with tales and melodies that evoke the warmth between two bodies and the dizziness of love, sex, or other substances.

Prom Queen churns out “sickly sweet pop tracks inspired by pinup girls and 1960s house-wives,” writes Seattle Weekly. “A multi-instrumentalist with sultry vocals and a killer retro style, Prom Queen pulls you in with her sugary disposition – and keeps you with her edgy girl power.”

Booking a diverse, cross-genre bill, according to Icasiano, is important in today’s jazz world.

“The music evolves every day,” he says. “And in the same way that the music evolves, I think it’s important to reflect that evolution in how it’s presented. Jazz music that’s intended only for a jazz audience is destined to never grow…or, at the very least, grow at a very slow pace. I’m trying to rethink and redefine who the ‘jazz audience’ is, and who it could be.”

-Ed., courtesy of Christopher Icasiano

Tickets $8 advance and available at thebarboza.com.


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May 24, 2016

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