Continued from Page 4 Christiansen’s debut release for Origin, featured Matt Jorgensen on drums, Pat Bianchi on organ and David Halliday on sax. Christiansen’s music draws on the tradition of the masters but leans towards the future. Rooted in the tradition of the jazz language, but just bluesy and gritty enough to not alienate larger audiences. Christiansen’s first two recordings “Awakening” and “MB3: Jazz Hits Vol. 1” received critical acclaim and found large success on North American radio,
notable festivals and venues including John Pisano’s Guitar Night in Los Angeles; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; the Clearwater Jazz Festival; the Daytona Beach Jazz Festival; the Classic American Guitar Show and the St. Louis Jazz Festival. Christiansen has also performed and/ or recorded with many outstanding jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, James Moody, Joe Negri, Willie Akins, Chuck Redd, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, Christian McBride, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danny
Gottlieb, and many, many others.
Per Danielsson Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, writer and educator, Danielsson is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up with a jazz guitarplaying father, Per was exposed to the sounds of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans at an early
age. After formal piano studies in Sweden, which included lessons with Robert Malmberg and world-renowned jazz pianist Bengt Hallberg, his love of jazz brought him across the ocean to attend internationally acclaimed North Texas State University. Danielsson and Christiansen will be perform-
ing two shows at Why Sound on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The programs will consist of guitar and piano jazz duos and include jazz standards, music from the American songbook and original music by Danielsson and Christiansen. The performances will be recorded in hopes of a future CD release.
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“Colorful Whorses.” “‘Thirsty Thursday’ is about the temptation of relapse, ‘Hollywould’ Continued from Page 3 is about infidelity and cousin, Brock Sim‘Colorful Whorses’ is mons, as well as Nichoabout rationalizing what las Porath and Josh you do because you Mikeshell. know you’re not good He says he has record- enough for what you ed about a dozen songs, want,” Pond says. but he’s only happy with Pond, who lives in about half of them at Cache Valley but curthe moment. The songs rently works in Salt available for listening Lake City as a writer at reverbnation.com/ for the “Fight the New redlightcommandos Drug” anti-pornography include “Thirsty Thurseffort, says he doesn’t day,” “Hollywould” and have very lofty hopes for
his new band. He simply wants to end up recording an EP or CD before it’s all said and done. “Then I’ll be happy,” he notes. “I just like to have a final project, so I can look back and say, ‘I did that. That was fun.’” ——— The Red Light Commandos will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave. The show will also feature September Say Goodbye, Erasmus and Via Versa. Admission is $5.
to a vibrating pogo stick and yelled, “Action!” This is some of the worst, most amateurish shaky-cam you’ll ever come across. It’s used to mask Continued from Page 7 the fact that the fight choreography in the final scenes is woefully underdemovies. Perry is unable to produce one scene that doesn’t seem like it was veloped. It’s an extremely ugly final lifted directly from a cheesy made-for- few minutes capping off an awful movie-going experience. TV movie. “Alex Cross” shouldn’t appeal to Contrived plot conveniences conanyone. One wonders how it got its tinue to build up as the movie races PG-13 rating with how brutally vioto its improbable, miserable conclulent it is, yet that violence serves no sion. The inevitable climactic fight purpose whatsoever. The whole movie between Fox and Perry is an incoheris a patchwork of overdone ideas and ent mess. It’s like Cohen, unable to imbecilic decisions. shoot an action scene, tied the camera
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again proving he has the ability to keep the artistic integrity of the music without pushing listeners away. In the fall of 2008, Christiansen assumed duties teaching fulltime at Utah State University and also part-time at Indiana University, where he pioneered the jazz guitar program. But even with a busy academic schedule, Christiansen still tours and continues to record. Christiansen has a number of publications with Mel Bay and has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond including, Europe, South Africa and Australia. He has also performed at many
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