This is a past event.
Submit to Reddit

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra CL Recommends

When: Thu., May 30 2013
Price: $12-$15
JONATHAN SCALES FOURCHESTRA Asheville-based jazz bandleader Jonathan Scales trained as a saxophonist before enrolling at Appalachian State University to study composition and music theory. There, he fell in love with the metallic timbre of the steel pans. Developed in Trinidad and Tobago, the chromatically pitched pans are primarily used as Caribbean percussion, but they’ve played a part in jazz’s arsenal before, notably in pannist Othello Molineaux’s collaborations with legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius. Scales’ Fourchestra — actually a trio including bass and drums — takes Molineaux’s experiments further, employing the pans’ ringing tones in laid-back swing, poly-rhythmic hip hop and electro-static jazz fusion. Though the steel pans may always carry a whiff of tropical breeze, Scales overcomes musical typecasting by drawing on his sax training, using the pans as both a solo and an ensemble instrument. Citing Bela Fleck’s nontraditional technique on banjo as an influence on his approach to the pans, Scales crafts time-slipping compositions drawing on the dissonant harmonies and angular melodies of Thelonious Monk, the experimental classicism of Igor Stravinsky, and the urban swagger of Kanye West.
— Pat Moran


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Search Events…




Creative Loafing Charlotte Pick

Make your smartphone smarter!

$11 Bitcoin back
Pod Red. Wherever you go, Pivo follows. Auto Tracking always keeps you in view, so you'll never walk off-screen and ruin another almost-perfect take again. Works in both portrait and landscape mode.
Earn bitcoin for shopping with Creative Loafing Charlotte

© 2019 Womack Digital, LLC
Powered by Foundation