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Water Street Studios Live Art Series Presents- Too Close To The Sun: An Evening of Jazz and Mythology with Dan Anderson and Steve Ramsdell

Jan 17, 2017 09:47AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia, IL—The Water Street Studios will host its second performance in their Live Art Series on Friday, January 27th from 6-9pm. The Live Art Series is a monthly live art performance exploring a variety of art forms including music, film, dance, storytelling, and more! The Live Art Series event is hosted in the Dempsey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios. The Live Art Series is made possible by a grant from the Batavia Arts Council.

Part one will explore the beauty of jazz. In interpretation and dearness of tradition, Dan Anderson (bass and tuba) and Steve Ramsdell (guitar) will whimsically render chorus and verse of select standards from the jazz repertoire, including songs from Brazil. Popularized by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto in the 1960s, this music is a delicate union of Brazilian melody and rhythm celebrated with excerpts of American vernacular. The fondness of this music radiates from Ramsdell’s guitar with warmth and precision. Anderson’s inclination of intonation bumps the curves and valleys of these foreign forms, reluctant to find an ending. Tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gilberto Gil will fill the bill. The play of Anderson and Ramsdell is energetic and spontaneous. Both musicians are delighted to be guests of the Water Street Studio’s Live Art Series.

Part two will be a reading of the Greek myth of Icarus along with musical introduction and diversions. Irene Anderson will be bringing the text to life. Dan Anderson and Steve Ramsdell will balance out the reading with musical commentary and medium. The music will include Ralph Towner’s title tune “Icarus” and other thematically complementary tunes from the jazz repertoire.

Doors open at 6pm
Music at 7pm
Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase
$5 suggested donation