[Local events] FWD: Wed. 4/3, Spirit House/Blue Cranes
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Fri Mar 29 18:20:55 PDT 2013
*Joel Harrison & Spirit House
/featuring Brian Blade/*
/*Wednesday, April 3
(Blue Cranes at 9:00)
*Mississippi Studios <http://www.mississippistudios.com/>
*3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Venturing across stylistic divides, melding influences from jazz,
classical, country, rock, and world music, *Spirit House* features *Joel
Harrison* on guitar/vocals, *Cuong Vu* on trumpet, *Paul Hanson* on
electric bassoon, *Kermit Driscoll* on bass, and *Brian Blade* on drums.
Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter and 2010 Guggenheim
Fellow and former Bay Area resident *Joel Harrison*
<http://www.joelharrison.com/> sees no reason to sort his music into
jazz, classical, or any such divisions. "Ultimately you're just trying
to arrive at great music." Spirit House will mostly perform Harrison's
compositions, with additional pieces by Blade and Vu. "This is a dream
group of mine, consisting of some of the most original, singular
instrumentalists in modern Jazz. I have been deeply inspired by these
musicians for many years, and know we will have a special chemistry."
*Brian Blade* <http://www.brianblade.com/> is one of the most acclaimed
drummers of his generation. His bio includes work with luminaries such
as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Joni Mitchell. *Paul
Hanson* <http://www.jazzbassoon.com/> is considered the greatest
improviser on his unusual axe in the world, combining passionate melody,
astounding technique, and electronics into a uniquely powerful package.
*Cuong Vu* <http://www.cuongvu.com/> has much experience with
guitarists, having been a member of Pat Metheny's band, and a
collaborator with Bill Frisell. He recently recorded with Harrison on
the recording /Holy Abyss/ (Cuneiform), and critics noted how well his
sound wrapped around Harrison's sinuous guitar lines. *Kermit Driscoll*
<http://www.kermitdriscoll.com/>, bassist in countless acclaimed bands
(including Harrison's new 19-piece jazz orchestra recording), "gets
directly to the essence of the music, no matter what the style or level
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