Kirkland Performance Center presents...
A Virtual Concert with Lee Oskar
- Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 8:00PM
Tune-in on Thursday, April 29 at 8pm as local harmonicist, Lee Oskar, joins us for our next KPC at Home: LiveStream virtual concert.
A huge thanks to Kathe and Greg Fowler for sponsoring the show!
Lee Oskar is an internationally acclaimed harmonica virtuoso, composer, producer, manufacturer and lifelong musical explorer. He is renowned for his iconic role as a founding member, co-composerand lead harmonica player of the pioneering funk/jazz band that composed and recorded such hits as “Low Rider,”“Spill the Wine,” “Cisco Kid,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “Slippin’ into Darkness,” “Why Can’t Be Friends,” and many more chart-topping songs from 1969-1993. Since then, Oskar and his original band mates from that era perform as the LowRider Band. Oskar also performs around the world with outstanding musicians from the Pacific Northwest, known as Lee Oskar and Friends, featuring his own new arrangements, innovative compositions and well-loved hit songs. Lee Oskar and Friends will proudly present a concert at the Kirkland Performance Center on April 29, 2021.
In addition, Lee Oskar proudly produces professional recording artists as well as his own music through his new recording label, Dreams We Share,™ which launched in 2020.
Artistically, Oskar has earned critical and popular acclaim for nearly four decades with his wide-ranging portfolio of unforgettable compositions evoking different moods, rhythms and genres. In the words of Seattle Times critic Misha Berson, “The harmonica man can really blow, but he can croon, too.”
Most recently, Oskar has brought in highly accomplished instrumentalists to play exciting new arrangements of his original compositions. This exciting material will soon be released through two recording projects released under Dreams We Share, entitled “Never Forget” (the first of his “Passagesthrough Music” series), along with a series of recording projects with Lee Oskar & Friends.
Also under his Dreams We Share label, Oskar recently produced and released the much-anticipated album, “So Much Trouble,” featuring original songs written and performed by David Rotundo, a well-received Canadian artist and Lee Oskar Harmonicas Featured Artist (Dreams We Share; October 2020). This album has been highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, performing consistently well on numerous blues charts since its release.
In addition, Oskar has brilliantly produced the work of other artists playing Oskar compositions, including Takahiro Miyazaki from Japan, who Oskar considers to be one of the world’s greatest saxophone players.
Oskar is proud to be a featured artist on globally recognized Playing for Change’s “Songs Around the World” album and the “Listen to the Music” project in collaboration with musicians from around the world. In addition, through his company, Lee Oskar Harmonicas, he has created a special limited edition line of harmonica products exclusively available through Playing for Change to help support artists and musical education around the world.