Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds with Lionel Loueke, Kevin Hays, Reid Anderson

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds with Lionel Loueke, Kevin Hays, Reid Anderson

When: 
01 March 2015 to 22 March 2015

AROUND JAZZ
MUSIC PRODUCTIONS

JEFF BALLARD FAIRGROUNDS feat. Kevin Hays, Lionel Loueke, Reid Anderson

MARCH 1-22, 2015

 

They ride the rides. They take a turn riding all of them. These rides, which make up this amusement park, should be built in places perfect, well studied. It takes a certain strength to build, to manage, and to coordinate. These and other qualities Mr Ballard must have thought about, a cultured and refined musician, when he decided to call his latest creation Fairgrounds. Whomever would like to may participate, the only requirement is that they are emotionally committed. Ballard started from there, with friends, colleagues, who would assure him the right chemistry: Lionel Loueke on guitar (Herbie Hancock, Terrance Blanchard), Reid Anderson (whom we know as the bassist of the imaginative trio The Bad Plus; but here he has left the acoustic bass and has devoted himself to weaving electronic sounds and textures with a computer and various controllers), and Kevin Hays (Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, John Scofield) on piano and keyboards. As a carousel, anyone can climb aboard this band if he so wishes. So the group's roster expands and contracts. An open workshop, creative, constantly evolving. Those who come in should not behave as simply a "guest" but as a full time essential member of the band, bringing all his or her desires, commitment, and knowledge thru the gate into the fairgrounds.

Musically diverse, sometimes very bold and unexpected, Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds does not have a fixed or pre-established repertoire, the music mostly comes as sound ideas brought in by Ballard and his companions, taking on different forms as the ideas germinate and expand in context. A group with an unusual timbre from their combined strength. A new reality which will act as an arena where one can bring ideas and flex the mind. The creativity and commitment of the leader is well documented also by his stylistic choices. The sharp blades of the avant-garde, the obsessions of free jazz, the intrigue of electronics, wide cultural diversity of rhythm, colors, textures of rock, the splendid virtuosity of the individual involved.
All of this is to describe Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds. Just listen to it and you will no longer have any doubt: when the bell sounds announcing the new round of tournament, stay there. Don't miss it.

Line up: Jeff Ballard (drums), Kevin Hays (piano), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Reid Anderson (electronic).

Our sub agents for Europe are: Anteprima Productions (France), Artribute (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Kjell Kalleklev Management (Norway), Angels Mas Caribbean Music Productions (Spain), Amsterdam Jazz Agency (Benelux).

 

 

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