Kirkland Performance Center presents...

The Bad Plus

  • Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:30PM

All Seats: $30


JAZZ > Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

Artist Sponsors: Doreen Marchione & Robert Caldwell, The Francesca Fund, Michael W. & Jo Ellen Ward

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For the past ten years The Bad Plus---Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King---have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have inspired such controversy. Their belief in the band ethos and their personal brand of avant-garde populism have put them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, drawing audiences both traditional and mainstream. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms.

Don't miss a free showing of the film King for Two Days, in which filmmaker Noah Hutton chronicles drummer Dave King's (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple) two night concert at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Through rehearsals, interviews with the musicians, and concert excerpts, a world emerges where the concept of the band is held above the need for individual showmanship, a rarity in jazz.You do not need a ticket to The Bad Plus concert to join us for this unique film event. Showing October 5, 6:30pm in the KPC lobby. Learn more!

The Bad Plus are also performing at The Triple Door on Saturday, October 6th at 7:00pm. Tickets and info here.

Artist Bio

For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. Rolling Stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde "about as badass as highbrow gets," while The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends.

While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, resulting in ever-growing audiences throughout the world.

The threesome has been exchanging musical ideas since their teenage years. In the late '80s, Anderson and King were two Minnesota high schoolers playing in fledgling rock bands and digging records by Coltrane and The Police. Anderson met Iverson in 1989. All three played together on one occasion a year later before going their separate ways for ten years.

They reconvened for a gig in Minneapolis in 2000. Sparks flew, studio sessions for an indie release ensued, and suddenly The New York Times called their maiden voyage one of the best releases of 2001. The band signed with Columbia, where they released These Are the Vistas in 2003, followed quickly by Give and then Suspicious Activity? In 2007 they released Prog, an album which balanced originals with covers of Bowie, Bacharach, Tears for Fears and Rush. For All I Care, an intriguing juxtaposition of rock and classical sensibilities followed in 2009. The band's most recent album, NEVER STOP, is their first which consists entirely of original compositions. Released in the fall of 2010, New York Magazine stated, "Their latest celebrates a decade on the road and makes it easy to see them for what they've always been: musicians blessed with an alchemist's blend of earnestness and wit, especially during their live shows."

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