A preferred answer to the question “What kind of music do you listen to?” What we heard is “Good. Oh, and live. This person didn’t care what kind of music it was as long as the musical prowess was evident.
There are also musicians who echo that sense of “genius across genres” in their abilities: Wynton Marsalis holds Grammy Awards in both the jazz and classical categories – no small feat. Ben Folds roams like a bee collecting the pollen of pop, punk, a capella – and classical chamber music. And like bees, the common thread running through all great cross-genre musicians seems to be that they explore and work.
“There are three musical and guitar traditions in my background,” explains flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook. “I was a classical guitarist when I was a kid, and I studied flamenco, then I studied jazz. One of the forms I use, flamenco rumba, is itself a hybrid created in the 1800s when sailors returned from Cuba to Spain after hearing these Cuban rhythms. And here I am, 150 years later, picking it up and mixing it with modern music and seeing where it takes me. Music is a constantly evolving thing.
So instead of exploring the dead ends of music – flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz – Jesse Cook unites them. Cook returns to the Mount Baker Theater by popular demand from patrons delighted with his previous local show.
Internationally renowned jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is a composer, conductor and educator, and the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the jazz spectrum. From its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern styles, jazz is the mission of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marsalis is a dynamic leader, uplifting the art form and the people it simultaneously touches through awareness and the institutions in which he has participated.
Primarily known for his contributions to jazz, Marsalis’s love for Bach, Beethoven and Mozart led him to pursue a career in classical music, recording trumpet concertos at the age of 20. Over the years, his recordings consistently incorporate blues, jazz, swing as the main rhythm, popular American song, individual and collective improvisation, and a panoramic view of styles of composition, from ditty to dynamic patterns of calling and calling. Answer.
Collaborating with artists such as Regina Spektor, Weird Al Yankovic, Sara Bareilles and William Shatner, as well as with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world, Ben Folds is infinitely curious. While planning a rock tour, he also performed two sold-out shows this month at the Sydney Opera House with a classic Brooklyn-based sextet.
For five seasons, he was a judge on NBC’s hit “The Sing Off”, ” a show that put a capella in the national spotlight, and before that was the frontman of the Ben Folds Five (jokingly described as “punk rock for sissies”). Folds has created a huge body of genre musical art that includes pop albums, several solo rock albums, classic or “chamber rock” and other collaborative records. Mount Baker Theater presents Ben Folds this fall alone with a grand piano and his offbeat spirit.
Put musical mastery on your agenda now with these upcoming live performances from multi-talented artists: Silent Films with Live Scores featuring the 1920s film “Peter Pan” and the film historian and organ enthusiast Dennis James (October 9), Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (October 14), Ben Folds (October 28), Time Jumpers with ten Nashville greats and multiple Grammy Award winner Vince Gill (January 15), Jesse Cook (January 26) and the guitar used by four different musical cultures at International Guitar Night (February 24).