Photo: Mimi Chakarova

Kris Davis (US)

Mother/Country

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A brand new collaboration between Kris Davis and Bulgarian filmmaker Mimi Chakarova on a special project - a 45 minute silent film dedicated to social justice, set to music by Kris Davis, and played by artists from the festival programme.

Kris Davis & Ingrid Laubrock

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These exceptional New York-based musicians have collaborated and played many different
projects together over the years since 2013. After the release of their first duo album in 2019,
they will be featuring compositions from both musicians.

Shabaka Hutchings & Kris Davis

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A coming together of old-and-new-world, male-and-female, saxophone-and-piano, in the most intimate constellation our music can provide.

About Kris Davis

Kris Davis (born in 1980, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a pianist, composer and educator who has been based in New York for the past 18 years. An astounding and dynamic artist, shockingly fluid and equally compelling within multiple musical idioms, Davis has made an indelible mark on the New York creative music scene, and in the global jazz community over the past decade.

Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist in Downbeat magazine and dubbed a top up-and-coming artist in a 2012 New York Times article titled New Pilots at the Keyboard, recommending that: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis”.

To date, Davis has released eleven recordings as bandleader. Her 2018 duo album Octopus inspired Michael J. Agovino of Village Voice to comment "... no two pianists have played with the kind of freedom and grace, abandon and emotion as Kris Davis and Craig Taborn on their new album, Octopus…” Her 2016 release, Duopoly, was covered in The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and was included in the Jazz Times best albums of 2016 list.

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