CreativeMornings is a free breakfast lecture series for the creative community, with monthly events held in 84 cities around the world including New York, Chicago, London, Zurich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Auckland. The City of Philadelphia secured its chapter earlier this year, and for its third installment, CreativeMornings Philadelphia is proud to present jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator Josh Lawrence at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio. Lawrence will be exploring the CreativeMornings global theme for June: “Minimal.”
In early 2014, Josh Lawrence (with the Fresh Cut Orchestra) was selected as a jazz artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Center—with their final performance to be held on June 21. The Fresh Cut Orchestra is a collective of Philadelphia and New York-based musicians creating compelling new music rooted in traditions of composition and improvisation. The influence of Minimal Music is felt in their work and across all genres of music over the past 50 years. But what is Minimal Music? Lawrence will discuss the roots of this style, its impact on popular culture, and its inherent ability to spark creative thought.
Josh Lawrence lives in Philadelphia, where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts and Drexel University. He has recorded with Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men and, in addition to the Fresh Cut Orchestra, he performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan’s Captain Black Big Band (Downbeat Critics Poll winner) and saxophonist Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, among others.
CreativeMornings Philadelphia is hosted and organized by Josh Goldblum, founding principal and creative director of Philadelphia’s Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet, who secured the Philadelphia chapter after a competitive application process. The two previous CreativeMornings Philadelphia events featured author and Geekadelphia co-founder Eric Smith at the Center for Architecture (April) and Cipher Prime video game entrepreneur Will Stallwood at Drexel University (May) – drawing nearly 200 attendees.
KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The Kimmel Center Presents Season is sponsored by TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org