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FYEAR
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FYEAR

FYEAR bridges improvisation and composition, electronic and acoustic instrumentation, language and abstract vocalization, a strident pulse with an expansive sense of freedom. Its mixed-media compositions invoke the urgency of this moment and level a gaze at the future.

Performance is approximately 1 hour with no intermission and will be available online for 24 hours.

Co-presented by the National Arts Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, at Germany’s jazzahead!

THURDAY APRIL 29, 8PM EDT
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  • FYEAR
  • FYEAR

    FYEAR

    FYEAR bridges improvisation and composition, electronic and acoustic instrumentation, language and abstract vocalization, a strident pulse with an expansive sense of freedom. Its mixed-media compositions invoke the urgency of this moment and level a gaze at the future.

    FYEAR’s regular contributors are Jason Sharp (compositions, electronic sound design, bass saxophone), Kaie Kellough (text, voice), and Kevin Yuen Kit Lo (type and visual design). In this most recent incarnation, that core has expanded to include Joe Grass (pedal steel), drummers Stefan Schneider and Jahsun, and writer and performer Tawhida Tanya Evanson. Collectively, FYEAR draws us into a contemplation of our struggles, our fictions, and our freedom.

CONCERT
KRIS DAVIS

Canadian pianist and composer Kris Davis was selected by jazzahead! and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz to send a musical greeting to the worldwide jazz scene at jazzahead!

Kris Davis was voted pianist of the year in the 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll and in the 2019 Jazz Times Critics Poll. She won both composer and pianist of the year in 2020 by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Performance is approximately 1 hour with no intermission and will be available online for 24 hours.

Co-presented by the National Arts Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, at Germany’s jazzahead!

FRIDAY APRIL 30, 8PM EDT
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Featuring
  • Kris Davis
  • Kris Davis

    Canadian pianist-composer Kris Davis was voted Pianist of the Year in the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll and in the 2019 Jazz Times Critics Poll. The Jazz Journalists Association named her both composer and pianist of the year in 2020. The New York Times dubbed her one of the top up-and-comers, saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” To date, Davis has released twelve recordings as a leader. Her newest release, Diatom Ribbons, was voted jazz album of the year by The New York Times and NPR critics poll. Davis works as a collaborator and side person with artists such as John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Johnathan Blake, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Eric McPherson and Tom Rainey. She received a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from The Shifting Foundation, The Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently the Associate Director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and runs her music label, Pyroclastic Records.