Ken Harris Project

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$15.00 Advance Online / $20.00 Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the door (with valid I.D.)

Ken Harris Project: Kevin Harris – Piano, Michael Herring – Bass, Richie Barshay – Drums

Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)

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.

Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul” and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris’ compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self awareness. It’s a heavy task he’s set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.”

One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as “an exciting commitment to quality”.

In 2015, Harris released his 5th album “Bird Interpretations”, a pianist perspective on the music of Charlie Parker. The exciting new trio album exhibits captivating dialogue by Kevin Harris (piano), Francisco Mela (drums), and Ben Street (acoustic bass).

Harris is in demand as a clinician. He is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he has taught piano, jazz ensembles, summer theory classes, and piano labs; he is also a MIT affiliated artist. In previous years he has taught classes at the Boston Arts Academy and collaborated with the North Eastern University Fusion Art’s Program teaching students from Brazil, India, and South Africa.

Join us for the Kevin Harris Project debut at The Packing House! This concert is hosted by the “Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance” (EC-CHAP). Doors7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. “BYOB&F” – Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only – I.D. Required). For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474. www.thepackinghouse.us/upcoming. Tickets: http://thepackinghouse.us/upcoming/2017/12/9-jazz-series-kevin-harris-project