Jazz Midday Muse: Illuminations

Jazz Midday Muse: "Illuminations"

Featuring composer / guitarist Steven Kirby

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Jazz guitarist Steven Kirby presents his new project, “Illuminations” featuring original compositions and arrangements, as well as some creative arrangements of standard tunes, which has been described as “richly textured, multi-layered, ebullient and lyrical jazz.” Steven Kirby is an award- winning guitarist/composer and Associate Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music, whose music is most often categorized as contemporary jazz, but is influenced by a variety of genres. The “Illuminations” project is Kirby’s newest compositional and performance endeavor. It features a six-piece band comprising guitar, piano, sax/flute, bass, drums and, for the first time, vocals as a primary, featured, color in the compositions. Most of the compositions featured on Kirby’s upcoming “Illuminations” recording were inspired by the concept of featuring wordless vocals in the midst of richly textured compositions. In addition to showcasing these rich compositions and arrangements the “Illuminations” project features a first rate roster of jazz musicians who all make invaluable creative contributions as interpreters and improvisers. This lunchtime performance will give a taste of his upcoming CD, to be released in Spring ’16.

Steven Kirby, guitar/compositions/arrangements
Aubrey Johnson, voice
Bill Vint, sax/flute
John Funkhouser, piano/keys
Ed Lucie, bass
Mike Connors, drums