GUITARIST/COMPOSER MILES OKAZAKI
At The 55 Bar - Monday, February 12, sets at 9:30, 11:00, $10 Greenwich village, 55 Christopher St.
At The Jazz Gallery - Thursday, April 12, sets at 9:00, 10:30, $12 290 Hudson Street
SHOWS ARE PART OF A SERIES OF APPEARANCES TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HIS DEBUT CD MIRROR (OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IS APRIL 3)
Okazaki composed all of the music on Mirror, his ambitious and involving debut. He also produced the album, created its striking cover illustrations and released the thing himself ... a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy"
--Nate Chinen, The New York Times
Miles Okazaki will be appearing at The 55 Bar on Monday, February 12 and at The Jazz Gallery on April 12. These appearances are part of a series of concerts to celebrate Okazaki's long-awaited debut recording. Okazaki, who was the runner up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2005, will be joined on stage by some of New York City's most revered musicians: Miles Okazaki (guitar, compositions), David Binney (alto sax), Christof Knoche (reeds), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums) (February 12) and Miles Okazaki (guitar, compositions), Miguel Zenon & David Binney (alto sax), Christof Knoche (reeds), Jon Flaugher (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums) (April 12).
For the recording of Mirror, Okazaki assembled his quintet which had been rehearsing and performing his compositions for several years and augmented it with two more musicians, David Binney and Chris Potter. The recording is a fifteen part suite which represents the first documentation of the intricate compositional style that Okazaki has developed in dialogue with this close-knit group of New York musicians. Mirror, which features Okazaki's brilliant explorations into the endless variety of rhythmic-based composition, will be followed by two more recordings built on harmonic and melodic structures, completing a trilogy that will outline Miles' unique musical language.