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Human freedom, compassion, musical statements

azz is one of the most vital and ever-changing musics in the world. Jazz music has continually evolved since its birth nearly one hundred ago. The music has always had the ability to cut across both national boundaries and musical genres, revealing the unity among seemingly different cultures. There is a powerful relationship between tradition --  the continuity of culture -- and the creative freedom of innovation through the spirit of improvisation. I am proud to play a part in this true world music.

- Chris Bakriges


The monthly Great American Songbook Concert Series, benefiting various Deerfield Valley organizations, concluded at Memorial Hall over Columbus Weekend. I was joined by bassist Mark Dunlap, drummer Eric Nathan, and violinist Stanley Chepaitis. Thank you to all the musicians who joined forces this concert series--bassists Avery Sharpe, Doug Rich, and Jeff Fuller; guitarists Richard Boukas, Matthias Ockert, and John Stowell; vocalist Sarah Clay; saxophonists Steve MacGlaughlan, Willie Sordillo, and James 'Ace Leonard; and drummers Marcel Smith, Gary Smith, Ben Billelo, and Gabe Jarrett. In all, we raised nearly twenty thousand dollars for some great causes, including Habitat for Humanity, the Food Pantry, Wilmington's Pettee Library, Jessica's Closet, and Rotary International!


jeremyallen bassIndiana University Museum of Art, 1133 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

Works by Matisse from IU Collections
April 2–May 25, 2014
Special Exhibitions Gallery

The IU Art Museum’s complete suite of color plates from Henri Matisse’s Jazz is featured as a special addition to the exhibition Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through January 12, 2014. When the prints return to Bloomington, they will be the centerpieces of their own special exhibition.

On Sunday, May 25, the final day of the exhibition I, along with bassist Jeremy Allen from IU’s Jacob School of Music, will perform the Matisse Project: Teaching the Eye to Hear, my compositions inspired by the scissor cuts of the 20th century's great colorist in a series he collectively called Jazz. Jeremy's credits are long and include working with Bob Brookmeyer and Kenny Wheeler. The performance will also include historical interpreter John Moore reading excerpts from the artist's own words.

For more information and reservations contact the IU Museum of Art at 812-855-5445.



Musician inspired by Matisse's 'Jazz'


Origionally Published Wednesday, December 16, 2009 By CORI URBAN

CHICOPEE - The sick-bed "painting with scissors" paper cut-outs French painter Henri Matisse created before his death and the text that accompanied them when they were published in 1947 inspired Elms College music lecturer and artist-in-residence Christopher G. Bakriges - a pianist, composer and educator - to create a musical reflection on the work.

"Teaching the Eye to Hear: Musical Reflections on Matisse's 'Jazz'" is Bakriges' musical interpretation of the artist's visual images. His son, violinist David C. Bakriges, is featured on the CD.

The series of 20 Matisse plates, collectively called "Jazz," "really stimulated me to look at his composition, form and color and really respond to that in a musical way," Bakriges said. "I could see what he was doing in my mind's eye and really respond to it musically."

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