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Kris Davis' Diatom Robbins

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Kris Davis performs with her groundbreaking trio Diatom Ribbons including influential GRAMMY-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Haitian DJ, sound sculptor and percussionist Val Jeanty.

Since her emergence on the New York scene in 2001, Davis has become one of the music’s singular talents—a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist whose music lives at the intersection of jazz improvisation and 20th century classical composition. The Vancouver-born pianist was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist in the DownBeat Critics Poll and dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 The New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard.” Her newest album, Duopoly, made best-of-year lists in The New York TimesPopMattersL.A. Times and NPR, and for this date brings this scintillating new trio with Jeanty and Carrington, bridging virtuosic interplay with deep percussive grooves and electronics.

Jeanty is a master percussionist, electronic musician and sound engineer whose work fuses electronics and African Vodou rhythms. She has curated installations in the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and BAM, and collaborated with bassist Yosvany Terry on his GRAMMY-nominated album New Throned King.

Among the most celebrated instrumentalists in modern jazz, Carrington was mentored by Jack DeJohnette and received a full scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College at age 11. A drummer of rare skill and passion, she has collaborated with a who’s-who of jazz royalty, including long-term associations with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Esperanza Spalding. She won GRAMMYs for her all-star 2011 album The Mosaic Project and 2013’s Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, a fresh take on Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach’s seminal 1962 trio session Money Jungle.

A freethinking, gifted pianist ... she tackles prepared piano, minimalism, and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor.
— Jason Moran
A gifted pianist exploring the range of her instrument, with no boundaries.
— PopMatters