March 20 – Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Hello again dear listeners!

We are thrilled to welcome back Becca Stevens to the Parlor Series. Becca Stevens is a truly unique talent. An incredible singer with a soulful, intimate voice that displays emotions both big and subtle. Stevens is also an accomplished string player whose guitar, ukulele, and charango work is central to her sound. Her acoustic songs boast musical textures and colors that reach from her roots in North Carolina to a unique melange of folk, pop, and rock, embracing it all with the adventurism of jazz. She will be joined by the wonderfully musical bassist, Chris Tordini.

Sunday, 20 March, Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Doors 2:30 pm, concert begins at 3pm sharp.

 

North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres. Fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, Stevens’ seamless arrangements embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodic elements, communicated with immense warmth and effortless urgency through her pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals.Since the release of 2011’s Weightless (Sunnyside), Stevens has toured the world with her band and also found time to collaborate with Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Stevens is one part of a trio with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato called Tillery, and is a featured vocalist on the GRAMMY-Winning Billy Childs record Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, produced by Larry Klein.

2015 saw the highly anticipated follow up to Weightless with a new record of originals and covers produced by engineer Scott Solter (Spoon, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent) and mixed by Matt Pence (Here We Go Magic, Midlake) entitled Perfect Animal (Universal Music) and an international tour. “Be Still” from the new album made the NPR list of top songs of 2015 and the album was rated as the best of 2015 on FrederickPlaylist.com as well as making it onto The Daily Beast’s 20 Amazing Under-The-Radar Albums of 2015. Read more about the concept and creation behing Perfect Animal here.

Recent and upcoming performances include: The New Morning Paris, Troubador London, London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Conde Duque Estio Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Bremen Music Festival,  with a European tour and a new album release for early 2017.

 

Chris Tordini 

Christopher Tordini

Christopher Tordini is a much-loved bassist on the New York music scene, where he performs with established jazz icons as well as a diverse range of emerging musicians. He has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory and has also played and recorded in bands led by artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Jean Rohe, Ari Hoening, Steve Lehman, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, and the Becca Stevens Band. Tordini is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen. “Tordini is comfortable in any possible musical situation, from pop to the avant garde, he seems to be connected to everybody in the New York scene, regardless of style. While he has primarily worked as a sideman, he recently step out as a leader for a couple of sets at The Jazz Gallery.”  He’s also the author of Killer Technique: Upright Bass, a book  “designed to help open up technique, and encourage an approach that will make a bassist think and work hard in the practice room, but relax while performing… [This] technique is a means to an end: creating beautiful music.”

Sunday, 20 March, Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Doors 2:30 pm, concert begins at 3pm sharp.

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