Kevin Sun Trio (U.S.)Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
Join us for an evening of jazz with the Kevin Sun Trio, with special guest poet Tishani Doshi who will begin the evening with a reading.
“[Kevin Sun is] a player who sees the big picture and his evolving place within it” – The New York City Jazz Record
Kevin Sun is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist, and improvisor-composer. He recently served as a Teaching Assistant for Vijay Iyer at Harvard University (“Music 173r: Creative Music: Critical Practice Studio,” Spring 2016), and has published in Music & Literature and his blog, “A Horizontal Search.” Kevin was the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition winner and the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition winner in the jazz saxophone category. He was previously the editor of Jazz Speaks, the blog of The Jazz Gallery, a nonprofit jazz cultural center in New York City, and provides music-related grant-writing services for the Gallery and individual clients. He graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in English from Harvard College and also holds an M.M. in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Miguel Zenón, among many others. His co-led 2016 release, Earprint, was named #1 Debut Album in the 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
Walter Ashford Stinson is a bassist-composer from Ithaca, NY. Beginning the study of upright bass at the age of 10 and growing up with a mother who would sing and play jazz standards at the piano, Walter was exposed to a diverse range of music from a young age. He was also fortunate to study with some unsung heroes of the New York City jazz scene, namely bassist Bernie Upson and drummer George Reed. Continuing his studies, Waltergraduated cum laude from Purchase College with a B.A. in jazz performance. He has also studied privately with Nicholas Walker, John Clayton, Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Scott Colley, Larry Grenadier, and Todd Coolman and has performed with Hubert Laws, Rufus Reid, Antonio Hart, Chris Potter, and Arturo O’Farrill.
Matt Honor is a jazz drummer based in Brooklyn, New York. Hailing from the frozen tundra of Plattsburgh, NY, Matt began his life in music at age nine by constructing elaborate drum sets out of his parents’ cookware. Trained originally as a classical percussionist, Matteventually shifted his focus to the drum set in a search for greater self expression on the instrument. Matt holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with master drummer John Riley and bassist Jay Anderson. In addition to performing with the Kevin Sun New Trio, he is a member of the critically acclaimed quintet Cowboys and Frenchmen and has been performing with D.C. based composer-songwriter Louis Weeks in 2015. In New York he has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, and ShapeShifter Lab, as well as the Kennedy Center, D.C. Jazz Festival, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Tishani Doshi is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. Born in Madras, India, in 1975, she received a masters in writing from the Johns Hopkins University, and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001, where a chance encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010, and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Girls are Coming Out of the Woods (Copper Canyon Press). She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu with her husband and three dogs. www.tishanidoshi.com