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Kevin Harris Concert May 14th Noon

05/14/2016 12:00 pm

As part of the Month Long Newton Piano Project, We have invited a variety of virtuosos to appear at the Waban Library Center:

Kevin Harris

When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self awareness. Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Tommy Campbell, Dezron Douglas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz club, Mezzrow Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, to name a few--. His ensemble has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Cuba, Panama, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Israel, and the USA. As a leader, Kevin has released five albums. Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he has taught piano, jazz ensembles, and summer theory classes; he is also a MIT affiliated artist. Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Kevin has also conducted local and international clinics in both public and private schools throughout the Europe, South America, Middle East, and the USA. Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance always involves interacting with the audience that in turn inspires a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation,” Harris says, "is what keeps our souls alive.


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