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Rick Walker: Celebration of a Lifetime in Music with Special Guests; Thursday, January 23, 2014

Local & Live: Honoring Artistry, Celebrating Community
Rick Walker: Celebration of a Lifetime in Music with Special Guests
Thursday, January 23
Kuumbwa Jazz Center


Kuumbwa Jazz announces a new series honoring local artists and the contributions they have made to our community: Local & Live: Honoring Artistry, Celebrating Community with our first concert on Thursday, January 23 with Rick Walker. The Bay Area-based multi-instrumentalist/drummer/percussionist has been on the cutting edge of music for the last 35 years. Although he has toured as a bandleader across the globe, he might be best known for his central role in establishing the International Live Looping movement, in which he produces the world’s largest live looping festival. In addition, Walker is well recognized as an adventurous modern composer, music equipment designer, curator and respected bandleader.

Alongside his numerous contributions to the Central Coast scene, Walker is the founder of the annual Y2K International Live Looping Festival. Beginning in 2001, Y2K International Live Looping Festival is the first of its kind.

After a 20 year professional career as a drummer/percussionist, Walker began the found sound/live looping portion of his career in 1995 when he participated in a live looping trio called ‘Third Wave’ with Gary Regina and his brother, Bill Walker. From it’s conception until present day, the festival has continued to grow, bringing as many as 70 artists from 17 countries in 6 days to 5 cities in Northern California. The festival has inspired similar live looping festivals in over 20 countries around the world.

Look for this show to incorporate music from his groundbreaking world music ensemble, Worlds Collide, found sound/live looping solo work, indie rock music with singer/songwriter Chris Wedertz, plus his current melding of styles with his contemporary jazz band, the Rick Walker Trio. Special guests include: Daniel Thomas, Chris Wedertz, Bill Walker, Thomas Nold, Dana Scruggs, Marshall Otwell, Pete Novembre, Aron Caceres and Cameron Smith.

More about Local & Live! Santa Cruz is home to a wealth of artistic talent and Kuumbwa Jazz wishes to acknowledge these musicians for the dedication they have to their craft. Please join us as we celebrate Rick Walker and his valuable contributions he has made to our local music scene! Our next Local & Live! Show takes place on March 20th with pianist/composer/arts educator Jack Bowers.

Rick Walker: Celebration of a Lifetime in Music

DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $17/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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