We are thrilled to announce that the Parlor Series is back for its 5th season, and we are starting things off with the amazing duo of Beckham and Shepik!
Beckham and Shepik
Tom Beckham – Vibraphone
Brad Shepik – Guitar
Sunday 25 October, Beckham and Shepik
Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.
The unique duo of vibraphonist Tom Beckham and guitarist Brad Shepik is a collaborative effort which seeks to explore a mutual language. These two diverse musicians have been writing pieces that highlight the wide range of stylistic nuances and high-wire delicacy available in the vibes-guitar duo format. Drawing upon influences of jazz, folk, and modern classical the duo creates an intimate and dynamic music that is sophisticated, lyrical, and richly layered.
Their debut recording entitled Flower Starter (2015) documents their unique interplay and features seven tracks of original tunes, plus the George Coleman tune “Blues Inside and Out.”
Beckham and Shepik have been playing together for more than 10 years—first as sidemen in George Schuller’s Circle Wide band, then later as bandmates in Shepik’s own quartet, resulting in the release of Shepik’s own critically acclaimed release Across The Way (Songlines). With Flower Starter, Shepik and Beckham continue to explore new ground, each contributing material for this dynamic new collaboration.
Guitarist Brad Shepik
In addition to performing with his own groups, The Brad Shepik Trio, The Brad Shepik Quartet and Human Activity Suite, across Europe and North America, Shepik has performed and/or recorded with Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio as well as oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen’s Quantara and Bulgarian saxophone legend Yuri Yunakov. Shepik also continues to perform with the Balkan/jazz groups- Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio and Pachora with Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson. He has recorded 8 albums as a leader and appears on over 70 recordings as a sideman. Currently, he performs solo guitar concerts as well as leading a quartet and a trio. As a sideman he is touring with Paradox Trio, Jamie Baum, Combo Nuvo, George Schuller and Arthur Kell.
“Shepik’s got the mind of a pioneer. The rhythmic complexity of his compositions has few parallels in jazz -or any other genre, for that matter. With all his exotic influences, and all his different axes, he makes us rethink what it means to be a guitarist and a musician. There’s no telling where he’ll go next.” —allaboutjazz
“Shepik is one of the new jazz players who have redefined the “creative” or avant-garde side of the music in a way that is challenging but also beautiful and fun.”—Will Layman, Popmatters Music Review
Artist website: www.bradshepik.com
Vibraphonist Tom Beckham
Leading his own groups, The Tom Beckham Trio, Norville Trio, and his quartet SLICE, Tom Beckham has released three CD’s to date: “Suspicions” (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999) “Center Songs” (Sunnyside, 2006), and “Rebound” (2008). He also performs on solo vibraphone.
As a versatile sideman in New York for more than 20 years, Beckham has toured with/performed and/or recorded with a diverse list of groups and musicians including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, JC Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra, jazz guitarist Rale Micic, the Motown/Soul group The Soul Night Band, jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou; the swing-era ensembles of Lapis Luna, Flying Home, and Bliss Blood; Joseph C. Phillips’ Numinous Ensemble, cellist Jody Redhage’s Fire In July, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), as well as session work for TV networks such as PBS and HBO.
“Here’s someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments.”—John Book/thisisbooksmusic.com
“Beckham’s approach is reminiscent of older band leaders like Paul Motian and Chico Hamilton, but Beckham’s work has a sound all its own—which is what jazz is really about.”—Rhapsody.com
“…the hidden treasure.”—The NYC Jazz Record
“…the secret star of an outstanding team with his symphonic way of unfolding sound and his subtle blends.”—Südkurier Constance
Artist website: www.tombeckham.net