IS THAT JAZZ? is a festival dedicated to daring and exploratory artists who are redrawing the boundaries of jazz, and infusing the genre with new forms, new sounds, and renewed sense of immediacy. Some want to limit jazz to a specific and narrow definition; IS THAT JAZZ? embraces jazz as a living, breathing art-form, one that must change and grow.
The second night of the festival features the young Seattle group Operation ID and Canadian pianist Dana Reason.
Seattle’s only minimalist, avant-garde, electro-pop, noise-cluster, synth-rock, free-jazz, experimental, dance-prog band, Operation ID is a five-piece band with a propensity to combine enormous pop energy with free improvisation. Originally interested in the spontaneity of free-jazz, Operation ID’s open-mindedness has guided them to embrace a position of willingness when experimenting with new sounds and musical approaches.
Dana Reason is one of the few pianists able to seamlessly intertwine pure mastery of classical, jazz, American music and the avant-garde on the concert stage. Reason is a Canadian-born pianist/composer currently splitting her time between teaching at Oregon State University, composing, and touring with the Dana Reason Trio (Dana Reason, Glen Moore, and Peter Valsamis) for Wild Rose Artists.