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Red Oak Duo

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Guitarist Storm Nilson and pianist Adam Benjamin are Red Oak. Join us for this special masterclass presentation by this dynamic duo.

Storm Nilson has been performing, recording, and educating throughout the United States and Canada for the past 13 years. His musical inspiration has been nurtured by opportunities to play with some of the world’s top Jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Steve Cardenas, and his long time friend and mentor, Bruce Forman. As an educator, Storm has taught as a guest artist and traveling clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival and JazzMaster’s Workshops. He was also recently featured at the 2007 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival and has performed extensively in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Montreal. Storm attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, David Roitstein, Miroslav Tadic, Darek Oles, and Charlie Haden. He also attended McGill University in Montreal, where he studied and collaborated with famed Polish pianist and composer Jan Jarczyk, as well as collaborated with acclaimed Canadian tenor players Chet Doxas and Joel Miller, and eventually assuming the guitar responsibilities from Kurt Rosenwinkel in Miller’s band Mandala. He currently divides his time between Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.

Adam Benjamin is a Grammy-nominated pianist, keyboardist, and composer based in Los Angeles. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Downbeat magazine’s annual critics’ and readers’ polls for the past two years. His unmistakable sound crosses stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz, while connecting with audiences worldwide. Adam is a founding member of Kneebody, an electric quintet widely recognized as one of the most unique ensemble in jazz. Their 2009 Grammy-nominated release, a radical reinvention of the songs of Charles Ives, featured a collaboration with singer Theo Bleckmann. Benjamin’s latest solo piano album, Alphabets and Consequences, is a series of improvised miniatures that transform familiar jazz and folk melodies into quirky impressionist etudes bursting with both humor and gravity. He has toured and recorded extensively with Dave Douglas’ electric band, Keystone, including the 2010 world tour debuting Spark of Being, a collaborative work with filmmaker Bill Morrison. Adam has also performed, collaborated and toured with artists as varied as Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, So Percussion, Joshua Redman, and Beck, and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and North Sea Jazz Festival. He has also contributed to many film scores, including John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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