Kirkland Performance Center presents...
- September 21, 7:30PM
All Seats: $20
FOLK > Folk-Rock
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Ben Taylor finds the delicate balance between the great folk songs of yesteryear and a youthful contemporary wit. Heavily influenced by his parents, music legends James Taylor and Carly Simon, Taylor's tuneful compositions and clever lyrics about everyday observations demonstrate a creative voice all his own.
Ben Taylor is preceded in concert by opening act Milow. Over the last five years this Belgian artist (born Jonathan Vandenbroeck) has emerged as one of Europe's most exciting young talents: a plugged-in singer-songwriter with the ability to touch a crowd and the pop know-how required to make great records. He's an old-school soul with a new-fashioned sensibility, a troubadour fascinated by technology. Milow's music gleams with the inherited songcraft of his heroes—Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson—but it also reflects a point of view all his own, with specific concerns about growing pains and the future of his generation.
Ben Taylor listens and thinks. A lot. In fact, the word Word is something Ben mulls over daily. It is, when you think about it, the only word that IS what it means. The meaning of word connects us – in any language – and this idea of communication is very important to Ben, as is the paradox of an individuated consciousness (think: ego) versus collective unconscious, that which unifies us all (happiness, fear, hate, love). Heavy? Not really, just a part of the ever evolving, highly intelligent, vulnerable, loving brain of Ben Taylor, musician, son, brother, friend and deep believer. Not only has Taylor spent the past few years thinking, he has also spent a lot of time LISTENING
Listening is Ben Taylor’s first album in four years, the last being the critically acclaimed The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1, which had CNNcommenting that the album, “reflects the broad palette of pop” and Blurt Magazine declaring, “For some time now Ben’s been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world.” Ben himself once described his work as “organically handcrafted songs,” and given the painstaking thought and care he puts in to his art, who are we to argue?