Chris Bakriges and Zack Brock perform original jazz.
Chris Bakriges – piano
Zack Brock – violinist
Chris Bakriges brings many years of performing experience to his performing Jazz Standards and original compositions. Born in Detroit Michigan he grew up near Motown Studios where he first learned to improvise and perform Jazz and Blues. Chris uses life’s beauty in the face of human hardship to influence his music. The resulting music presents a roller coaster of emotions, tempestuous, contemplative, lyrical and thrilling. His ethnomusicology background allows him to incorporate a wide range of influences, from jazz, global, blues, to chamber orientation. Bakriges released two CDs last year and has been performing nationally and internationally since 1992. Chris and leads the Clear and Present Ensemble and the Matisse Jazz Project. All About Jazz says, The evocative Clear and Present remains infectious, intimate, and sometimes explosive.” Global Jazz Media states, “feast your senses upon some of the most wonderfully written and robust music that seems expressly created to fire up the imagination.”
"THE PRE-EMINENT IMPROVISING VIOLINIST OF HIS GENERATION.” - NEIL TESSER
Zach Brock is a Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer whose music evokes the spirits of John Coltrane, Béla Bartók, and Jimi Hendrix. He has been recognized for his "soaring lyricism, audacious ingenuity, and masterful command of the instrument." Downbeat Magazine named Zach it's 'Rising Star Violinist' of 2013. Besides fronting his own critically acclaimed projects, Zach has recorded and toured all over the world with Snarky Puppy, Stanley Clarke, and Phil Markowitz.
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