INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES
From Portland and New York
John Stowell and Kendra Shank Duo

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24

DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM

kendrashank.com
johnstowell.com

John Stowell - guitar
Kendra Shank - vocals

New York vocalist Kendra Shank and Portland, Oregon guitarist John Stowell have been having musical conversations for two decades, resulting in a deep synergy. "New York Conversations", their co-led duo recording, pushes boundaries with a mix of modern jazz originals, re-imagined jazz standards, a Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone song, a folk song medley, and spontaneously improvised pieces.

Stowell plays pianistic chords and rich unexpected harmonies on a colorful array of guitars: electric, steel string acoustic, nylon acoustic, and fretless. In addition to her compelling interpretations of lyrics, Shank employs electronic looping and effects to improvise multi-layered wordless collages in organic interplay with Stowell. Moods range from mixed meter jaunts to spacious tender ballads, syncopated swing, sensuous samba, and the evocatively experimental. Born of an impromptu Manhattan studio session, "New York Conversations" conveys the excitement and intimacy of music created in the moment.

 

"An assertive and open-minded jazz singer, Kendra Shank prizes group interplay..."
New York Times


"Stowell plays his amplified guitar as if he were surrounded by fine crystal...the type of slow burning, sustained energy that you hear in players that practice all the time."

Downbeat


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