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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Spine Showcases: John Kizilarmut & Nate Nall Quintet

Spine Showcases is back on February 28th! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. John Kizilarmut and the Nate Nall Quintet will perform for the first night in this exciting series. Whether you are a KC jazz scene expert or new to jazz in general, this will be an experience you will not want to miss.

The Spine Showcases are free and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

John Kizilarmut has performed with a wide range of artists and groups including Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Matt Wilson, Branford Marsalis, Logan Richardson, Clark Terry, New York Voices, Ana Gasteyer, Conspirare, Shirley Jones, DJ Starscream, and the Des Moines Symphony. He is a frequent guest performer, clinician, and adjudicator at percussion and jazz festivals throughout the midwest, including Texas, Iowa, and Nebraska Days of Percussion; Tallcorn, Cherokee, and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. To find out more information or to contact John, visit www.johnkizilarmut.com.

Trumpeter Nate Nall has performed at Kansas City's most prominent jazz venues, including the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. He was a featured soloist with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Deborah Brown on a 2018 tour to Germany and Poland. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated "12th st jump" jazz radio program. And a residency participant in "Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead" performing original music at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. In 2016, Nall won 2nd place in the distinguished National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division.

Kelley Gant oversees programming for Spine Showcases in 2019. She is a KC-based vocalist who is passionate about her musical community. Her creative work includes deep knowledge of vocal tunes within the American Songbook, as well as various looping machines and effect pedals. A talented improvisor, Kelley is adept at using her vocals, whistling, and arsenal of effect pedals to create beautiful music on the fly while working within a traditional jazz ensemble or her small electro/acoustic band.

In addition to performing and writing music, Kelley has worked as an event band producer and producer of one-time performances, working with hundreds of Kansas City’s musicians. Her organizational skills combined with her dedication to imaginative original work give her a unique perspective, which she is using to elevate and promote overlooked talents in Kansas City.

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Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20

Bricolaje

Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes Narciso Argüelles and C.J. Charbonneau curated exhibtion, Bricolaje, as the second visual arts exhibition in 2019 at la Esquina Gallery. Bricolaje explores the practice of artists engaged in creative strategies to interrogate the dominant narratives surrounding the ongoing immigration crisis.

Bricolaje is the first of two shows; one in Kansas City, featuring a group of Mexican and Mexican-American artists who incorporate traditional cultural elements into their work as a tactic to comment on issues of identity, legality, and belonging. A second iteration of the show will be featured in Oklahoma City will focus on the wider practice of Latinx artists grappling with these issues.

The show will run in Kansas City from Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20, 2019. The exhibition will be located at la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO). The opening reception takes places on Friday, March 15 at la Esquina from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Bricolaje is curated by Narciso Argüelles and C.J. Charbonneau. Artists featured include Narciso Argüelles, Patricia Bordallo-Dibildox, Lizbeth Contreras, Gabby Diaz, Joselyn Garcia, Mary Kuvet, Diana Lerma, Thomas Luna, Rodolfo Marron III, Rebekah Pech-Moguel, Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Kiki Serna.

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Friday, January 25 through Saturday, February 23

Staging Ground

"There does not exist a forest as an objectively fixed environment: there exists a forest for the park ranger, a forest for the hunter, a forest for the botanist, a forest for the wayfarer, a forest for the nature lover, a forest for the carpenter, and finally a fable forest in which Little Red Riding Hood loses her way." - Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal

Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes its first visual arts exhibition of the year, Staging Ground, in la Esquina Gallery, located at 1000 W. 25th Street in Kansas City, MO. The exhibition will run from Friday, January 25th through Saturday, February 23rd. The opening reception for the exhibition takes place on Friday, January 25 from 6:00 PM through 9:00 PM.

In Staging Ground, the landscape is treated as subject, object, and location; a place for action, representation, and romanticization. Artists JE Baker, Carl Baratta, The Blue River Road Investigators (Trey Hock and Brent Jackson), Christopher Carroll, Rachel Frank, Jenny Kendler, Lilly McElroy, eduardo restrepo, and Rodrigo Valenzuela engage with the natural world using the landscape as a site for performance, intervention, fabrication, and exploration in order to address the storied relationship between humans and nature. These artists intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong, yet, drawing upon Agamben’s notion of shifting realities, they confront this separation, demonstrating their own reverential and at times hubristic tendencies in the process.

On February 16 at 4PM, writer Lucas Wetzel sits down with Brent Jackson and Trey Hock to discuss their work Blue River Road Investigators and how it became Postlude: An Exploration of B.R.R.I. Knowing the chatty and meandering nature of Brent and Trey, other topics will almost assuredly be addressed as well. A casual and conversational tone is encouraged. No dress code is required.

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Thursday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases: Ernest Melton & Matt Villinger

Spine Showcases, a new performing arts series in Capsule throughout 2019, debuts on Thursday, January 24, 2019! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Matt Villinger and Ernest Melton will perform for the first night in this exciting series. Whether you are a KC jazz scene expert or new to jazz in general, this will be an experience you will not want to miss.

The Spine Showcases are free and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

Matt Villinger is born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. From there he received his Undergraduate and Masters in Jazz performance from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. He has worked with greats such as Reggie Thomas, Peter Martin, Glenn Zaleski, Peter Schlamb and others. Villinger currently resides in Kansas City leading his own groups, as well as playing in Electric Tinks and other sideman projects. He is one of the most in demand piano players in Kansas City. In 2013, Villinger recorded his first album as a leader called All Night which featured Peter Schlamb and Hermon Mehari.

He is currently writing new music that will be featured on his new album coming out later this year. His compositions are heavily influenced by different types of groove music. He also loves playing standards and different types of straight ahead music in a trio setting.

Ernest Melton is a saxophonist based in Kansas City, MO. Coming from a jazz and blues background, his tone is a mix of traditional and contemporary that spreads across all musical genres. His style of jazz is happily explorative and overtly dynamic, often mixing groove-based themes with a improvisational approach.

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