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Perhaps the greatest achievement of the American musical phenomenon we call jazz is its ability to embrace virtually any and every kind of music known to man, taking the specific aesthetic traits of its muse and drawing profound depth through compositional and spontaneous exploration. Saxophonist/Composer Matt Otto is without peer as a leading academic in the field of jazz, yet he is continually informed and inspired by a diverse set of influences outside that genre, including writers and philosophers like Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois, and classical composers and performers from J.S. Bach to Glenn Gould. It was not, then, an unusual decision by Beau Bledsoe, guitarist and founder of the Kansas City-based arts organization Ensemble Ibérica, to approach Otto, asking him to compose for and record an album utilizing the diverse influences and instruments found in this ensemble. A collaboration three years in the making, this new recording, Iberica will be performed in its entirety during this concert with additional songs arranged by pianist Brad Cox.
A Co-production between The MTH Theater at Crown Center and Ensemble Ibérica.
Friday, October 13 @ 7:30pm