The Seasons Guitar Quartet featuring Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Chico Pinheiro, Larry Koonse; Thurs. May 30

 

The Seasons Guitar Quartet featuring Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Chico Pinheiro, Larry Koonse
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… audacious and engaging…” - JazzTimes

The Seasons Guitar Quartet featuring Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Chico Pinheiro, and Larry Koonse was originally organized to premiere Wilson’s composition, Seasons Guitar Suite, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. The concert was so well-received that the quartet has become an ongoing project. Anthony’s inventive compositions focus on a rich chamber ensemble sound that leaves plenty of room for Julian, Chico, and Larry, to improvise and express their individual creativity over a variety of styles, whether it be blues, jazz, bluegrass, or Brazilian choros and sambas.

As both guitarist and composer/arranger, Anthony Wilson has accrued an impressive resume of accomplishments. The son of composer and big band leader Gerald Wilson, he grew up in a musical household and learned to play and compose at an early age. In 1995, he won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Composer’s Competition. Three years later, he was commissioned to write an orchestral piece for the L.A. Philharmonic called Virgo, which premiered at the Hollywood Bowl. His first solo album, released in 1997, was nominated for a Grammy, and he has been on a roll ever since with ten critically acclaimed recordings as a bandleader. Additionally, over the last decade-and-a-half, his guitar work has been featured with Diana Krall, Bobby Hutcherson, and Joe Sample, as well as with pop artists Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, and Willie Nelson.

As for Wilson’s bandmates, Julian Lage was a child prodigy and subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Jules At Eight. The Bay Area native has performed with Jim Hall, Taylor Eigsti, Herbie Hancock, and is a current member of the New Gary Burton Quartet. Sao Paulo-born Chico Pinheiro is self-taught on guitar, and like Anthony, a gifted composer/arranger. Chico has worked with Joao Donato, Luciana Souza, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spaulding, and he was voted Best Latin Jazz Guitarist of the Year in the Latin Jazz Corner Poll. Last but not least, Larry Koonse has been playing guitar since age 6, and recorded his first album at age 15. A first-call sideman, he has worked with Charlie Haden, Toots Thielemanns, Lee Konitz, Linda Ronstadt, and is a current member of Billy Childs’ sextet. All together, this group of fretboard artists eschews frenetic “guitar-istics” in favor of a creative, and musical, ensemble sound that DownBeat magazine describes as: “Nothing short of gorgeous.”

CALENDAR INFO
The Seasons Guitar Quartet featuring Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Chico Pinheiro, Larry Koonse

DATE: Thursday, May 30, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
sandy@kuumbwajazz.org

831-427-2227

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