Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret
Thursday, Nov. 12
Young Performer Showcase
Zeitgeist has invited young student performers in our community to share new music of all stripes. Jazz combos, singer-songwriters, rock bands, string quartets, new art-song, and more will be included.
Be prepared for a rhythm-infused hoopla as Marimba Bullies bring you their favorite tunes (African and otherwise) rendered on Zimbabwean marimbas. Dancing is encouraged.
The Twin Cities-based Marimba Bullies play upbeat, high-energy music on diatonic marimbas. Their sound is built on the rhythmically complex music of the African mbira, as played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The Bullies' repertoire includes traditional African tunes, music composed specifically for the ensemble, and arrangements of popular Western music. All these influences combine to create the lively, danceable, fun style that is unmistakably the Marimba Bullies.
Zeitgeist’s performance each evening includes Genesis VII by Janika Vandervelde, Infidelity of Dreams by Amanda Schoofs, and A Certain Degree of Neurosis by Gene Pritsker.
Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; Nicola Melville, piano.
Steve Kenny's Wise Quartet
The recently-formed Wise Quartet will play all original new compositions.
Pete Whitman, saxophones
Phil Hey, drums
Jay Young, bass
Steve Kenny, FLUMPET(tm)
Steve Kenny studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Among many projects, he has performed with Pete Whitman’s Departure Point,The Five with Dave Karr, What Would Monk Do?, and the Cedar Avenue Big Band. He's best known as co-founder of the Illicit Sextet, an ensemble popular in the 1990s before taking a long hiatus, and now back in action with a new CD released in 2013 and a Mainstage appearance at the Twin Cities Jazz festival. In addition to heading the Wednesday night early show at the Artists Quarter for five years, Steve has received a Minnesota Music Award, West Bank School of Music Jazz Composer award, and multiple honors as Best Jazz Trumpet at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. With support from a state arts board grant, he curated the ten-week "All Originals" jazz series at Studio Z in summer 2014, and in the fall launched the weekly Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, which will run at least through 2015. In 2014, Steve's production company, Illicit Productions released a Vinyl LP debut recording for Group 47, and a first ever 'Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Volume One' CD which included tracks from 13 recently released recordings from Originals-focused Twin Cities ensembles.
Steve Kenny interview on Minnesota Public Radio