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Soundwaves Concert: Joel Harrison and Spirit House
August 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm| Free
Joel Harrison | Guitar
Michael Bates | bass, Jeremy Clemons | drums, Taylor Haskins | trumpet
Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison has long been recognized as a highly gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. A survey of Harrison’s body of work would be a bit like spinning a globe and stumbling on regions with names like Duke Ellington, Hendrix, The Beatles, John Mclaughlin, and Charles Ives. Wielding a focused lens and an ever-increasing courage to take risks with his art, Harrison has quickly blossomed from mentorships with Joan Tower, Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos into one of the most respected artists of his generation.
Harrison’s latest release is entitled Spirit House (Whirlwind Recordings), and features a new batch of soulful, playful, open-ended compositions. This concert will include the rhythm section from his previous CD Mother Stump, Michael Bates (bass) and Jeremy Clemons (drums), plus Taylor Haskins who performed on Harrison’s 2011 big band recording. The name Spirit House, as Harrison describes it, is a metaphor for a musical ‘sacred space’ that is found when an ensemble fleetingly occupies a magical place greater than the sum of its parts.