Celebrate International Jazz Day with multi-cultural jazz-fusion band led by keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer
Lao Tizer - keys
Chieli Minucci - guitar
Karen Briggs - violin
Rufus Philpot - bass
Raul Pineda - drums
Wednesday, Apr 30
8pm $22 adv, $24 day of show
Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, ‘Downbeat’ the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer, throws down a high powered collection of fresh instrumental music from one of the rising stars of the world-fusion genre. TIZER has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 70s and early 80s heyday of jazz fusion, when trailblazing ensembles like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard.
Embodying the spirit of his 2007 album ‘Diversify’, Lao assembled world-class musicians to create a dynamic rich with new melodic, harmonic and improvisational possibilities. Co-produced by Lao and guitarist Jeff Kollman, the eclectic set includes five original compositions by Lao and numerous collaborations with his cohorts, including the single ‘World In Rhythm’, co-written with Grammy- nominated guitarist Chieli Minucci, best known as founder and leader of Special EFX.
TIZER, a 2011 nominee for Jazz Group of the Year, has taken their world fusion vibe to events including Java Jazz in Jakarta, the Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, Dubai Jazz, Barbados Jazz Festival, Caribbean Sea Jazz, Festival International Providencia Jazz in Santiago, Chile and shows in Russia. While Lao was a Best New Jazz Artist nominee in 2002 and ‘Diversify’ spent many weeks on the Billboard chart, TIZER has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond jazz enthusiasts. Their diverse resume includes performances with Zappa Plays Zappa, Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke.
Those who haven’t experienced TIZER’s intensity, expansive arrangements and exciting soloing in concert got the next best thing with 2010’s ‘TIZER Live’, which captured the vibrant interaction of the ultimate musical melting pot; Italian-American New Yorker Chieli Minucci, African American violinist Karen Briggs and Cuban drummer/percussionist Raul Pineda, in addition to Kollman, Steve Nieves (sax/vocals/percussion) and Lao himself, a Boulder, Colorado native. Bassist Rufus Philpot hails from London. The recording at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood was TIZER’s first live performance and included interpretations of earlier recordings, including ‘Golden Soul’.
‘Downbeat’ marks the first time that Lao has co-produced one of his albums. Loving the big sound of the band and all the intricacies in the live setting inspired his simple concept when it came time to write and record the album. Producing and mixing with Jeff, “my goal was to give listeners a taste of the energy TIZER creates in the live setting, so most of the recording was done live in the studio”, he says. “While no solo on disc can capture what happens onstage, we wanted ‘Downbeat’ to have the same blend and balance via strong, detailed arrangements and studio production.”