Clinics, master classes, workshops and live performances by cutting-edge musical artists in the commercial music scene are being presented 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St. Admission is free.
The performance/presentation by Kneebody is sponsored in part by Learning Grant from the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) and the PVCC Center for the Performing Arts.
By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world.
In 2005 Kneebody released their debut album “on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music Label. In 2007 they followed up with “Low Electrical Worker” on the Colortone Label. A collection of 13 original songs, “Low Electrical Worker” was hailed by saxophonist Joshua Redman as one of his “favorite albums of 2007.” In the spring of 2009, Kneebody and vocalist Theo Bleckmann released “12 Songs of Charles Ives” on the Winter & Winter label and received a Grammy nomination in the classical crossover category. Kneebody is presently touring in support of their third studio album, “You Can Have Your Moment,” also on the Winter & Winter label.
“Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders” NY Times, 2010