The Creative Music Series proudly presents
KRIS DAVIS (from Canada by way of New York)
To The Outer Reaches: Kris Davis looks to discover the piano’s full
Pianist-composer Kris Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist/2018 Rising Star Artist in Downbeat magazine
And dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard”.
“One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis” – NY Times
(a solo performance): “The music is all improvised, but its rhythmic snap and locked-in precision are unmistakable. Davis emphasizes the percussive side of her playing, mixing shattered-glass runs with hypnotizing riffs—which she bangs out with preparations that land somewhere between Conlon Nancarrow’s player-piano constructions and John Cage’s sonatas, crafting it all on the fly alongside the flinty, heat-producing grooves and angular counterpoint…
Still, as malleable as her playing is, she has a clear identity – Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader
“Words are not necessary, this music will invade you and that is far more satisfying as is a sweet surrendering to its siren call” — Marlbank
“[Taborn and Davis are] the perfect combination for those who love their jazz piano to scratch every intellectual itch”- Nextbop
“As she does throughout Aeriol Piano, Davis draws you in so effortlessly that the brilliance of what she’s doing doesn’t hit you until the piece has slipped past you.” — Lloyd Sachs – Jazz Time
Davis was born in Vancouver in 1980 and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She studied classical piano from the age of six and discovered jazz while a high school student. She transcribed performances by pianists Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. She later reported that, “By the eighth grade I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician.” She later majored in jazz piano at the University of Toronto.
Davis works as a collaborator and side person with artists such as John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby fespan – “I decided not to play chords anymore, just to play lines”. She later obtained a classical composition degree from the City College of New York. To date, Davis has released twelve recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and Jazz Times best albums of 2016.
Davis received a Doris Duke Impact award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from The Shifting Foundation, The Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
She is the Associate Program Director of Creative Development for the Institute Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music.
The Creative Music Series was established in January, 2015, to showcase the adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in Cambridge/Somerville