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Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Poised between progressive jazz, post-rock, and contemporary classical music, the quartet's original compositions are a playful juxtaposition amidst their heady intellects and their groove-craving souls. With Brady Millard-Kish (bass), Ben Thomas (vibes | percussion), Eric Likkel (clarinets), and Brian Chin (trumpets).


Trumpeter, Brian Chin, is quickly becoming recognized as one of the exciting players in America today. An international soloist and advocate for new music, Chin has commissioned and premiered many new works and is the creator of the Universal Language Project. Co-founder of the early music ensemble, the Seattle Trumpet Consort, Chin also performs frequently on baroque trumpet, serves as Principal Trumpet for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, performs for the Seattle Symphony and Opera Orchestra and teaches full-time at Seattle Pacific University. www.chinmusik.com

Eric Likkel is an active woodwind player in the Seattle area, featured locally on the radio and on stage with Origin Records jazz recording artists, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Ballard Jazz Walk, Lynden Music Festival, Valse Café Orchestra, Smiling Scandinavians, and in chamber music concerts with the Haberton String Quartet and the Chamber Dance Company at the University of Washington. He was a feature soloist with the Federal Way Symphony, February 2011. Before relocating to Seattle in 1996, Likkel worked regionally throughout the midwest, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory, performing with Cedar Point Live Shows, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band in Cleveland, and as a member of the American/European Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy.

Brady Millard-Kish grew up in Michigan, where he studied with Peter Dominguez and Rodney Whitaker while earning a B.A. in classical double bass performance at Michigan State University. A graduate fellowship then took him south to the world-renowned University of New Orleans jazz studies program, where he studied under greats like Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste. During the five years he spent in New Orleans as a full-time musician, Brady was a founding member of the critically acclaimed jazz ensemble “Quintology.” In addition to his work in the jazz idiom, he also performed and recorded with members of Soul Asylum, G. Love and Special Sauce, Blind Melon, and Galactic, among others. Now a resident of Seattle, Brady performs regularly with leading members of the city's jazz, blues, and African music communities, leads his own band called Downright, and offers private bass instruction (www.seattlebass.com).

Ben Thomas earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion from the University of Washington in addition to degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan. Thomas plays bandoneon and leads the Seattle-based tango quartet, Tangabrazo. He also performs regularly as a sideman as a vibist with the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto and Chris Stover's More Zero. Thomas has written for jazz, classical, Latin jazz, modern dance, and theater and has four CDs of original compositions available on the Origin Records label including his most recent, Yet What Is Any Ocean.... He performs throughout the country, teaches music theory and history at Highline Community College and teaches vibraphone and percussion at Cornish College of the Arts.
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Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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