Sunday evening concerts
Open Gate Theatre and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
George Abe and Christopher Garcia.
August 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts,
Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
(one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
Admission is $10,
(students, seniors, and past series performers half price)
Stan Smith - guitar
Rebecca Lynn - violin
Tony Green - bass
Breeze Smith - drums, percussion
GEORGE ABE AND CHRISTOPHER GARCIA
George Abe - shakuhachi, yokobue, various Asian percussion instruments, and voice
Christopher Garcia - percussion instruments of North and South India and percussion and breath instruments of indigenous Mexico/Mesoamerica.
EscapeQ is a collaborative quartet co-founded by brothers Stan and Breeze Smith. Both originally hailing from Ohio, the younger of the two brothers, guitarist Stan, is currently a professor at Capital University’s music conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, has worked with artists such as Moacir Santos, and has released a number of his own recordings, the latest being the CD Moments (of a Journey), which features David Ornette Cherry, Ralph “Buzzy” Jones, and brother Breeze, among others. Older brother Breeze is one of the Los Angeles area’s most accomplished and creative multi-percussionists and a frequent collaborator with some of the area’s most important and visionary artists. Joining the Smith brothers to comprise EscapeQ are violinist Rebecca Lynn and bassist Tony Green. About the coming together of these four distinctive artists, Breeze says, “Embracing the responsibility of an improvisor is an obligation to oneself as a true listener, prepared to interact, express, even go silent. Musical growth in this process can be so enriching, inviting, and humbling. Having a sibling who is also an improvising artist, in my experience, has proven to be even more of a profound musical journey. When we find true friends as improvisors, they tend to feel like a new extended family, if you will. Given these less frequent times of being in the same place at the same time, I truly cherish the moments of being able to improvise with my brother—to weave stories of where we've been and what we've discovered, then bringing this to the performance space. Equally important for me, I want to share my new-found improvising siblings with my brother, hence, my wonderful friends: Tony Green and Rebecca Lynn. This is the current fresh family of EscapeQ. We hope to escape to newer realms together as a journeying improvising family of four.”
Opening the concert will be the firmly established multicultural duo of George Abe on shakuhachi, yokobue, various Asian percussion instruments, and voice, and another of the area’s most accomplished and creative multi-percussionists, Christopher Garcia, on percussion instruments of North and South India and percussion and breath instruments of indigenous Mexico/Mesoamerica. Bringing together both extraordinary depth and breadth of experience and musical sensitivity, Abe and Garcia will share the deep roots and wide-speading branches of their sonic collaborations, offering beautiful and affecting music that truly defies category.
(text: Alex Cline)