The brilliance of jazz is you never know who will spark together onstage. On paper, certain musicians seem to fit: same background, same pedigree, same cultural distinction. But quite often, all that goes out the window when it comes time to play together.
These four distinct jazz musicians will show the audience what that means when they play together on October 9, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery on 2095 Pomfret Rd. in South Pomfret, Vermont.
Three of those musicians — vibist Jay Hoggard, bassist Avery Sharpe, and drummer Billy Arnold — come from other states to join Detroit-born, Vermont-based, Greek pianist Chris Bakriges in “Playing for Change: A Concert for Hope.”
“No matter how small, musicians create a movement over time that connects the world through music,” Bakriges said in a press release. “It’s through music that we can understand our differences and create a better world. … Improvisation is the basis for our understanding, trust, and ultimate friendship… Creative music is the weapon of the future to conquer mistrust, poverty, and hate.”
Bakriges discovered great understanding through the music of the people he visited in his travels, teaching and playing. He’s played all over the world, from the Republic of China, India, Turkey, and Pakistan, to England, France, the Czech Republic, and Canada. His music reflects that global understanding, incorporating his Greek heritage, jazz, and the African-American, Motown culture of his Detroit upbringing.
These musicians can hang. They will show their vast knowledge and understanding with natural interplay and that unknown spark only jazz brings out. Most of all, they will expand the reaches of jazz itself into a global experience, with multi-cultural music that celebrates the human invention and goal of peace.