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Stanley Jordan

Tue, Oct 2 -
Wed, Oct 3, 2018

$30.50 Service fee Included All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes legendary touch-tap guitarist Stanley Jordan (solo) for two nights. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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Guitarist Stanley Jordan will be returning to Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA for two nights of solo shows on October 2nd and 3rd. Jordan is a regular at Jazz Alley and as he puts it, "This has been my home venue for the Pacific Northwest for many years, so I'm thrilled to be coming home again."

Despite this long history, however, this time around Jordan will be presenting something very new. During the set he will unveil what he calls "Sounds of the Elements." This is a musical exploration of the quantum properties of the chemical elements in the periodic table. As Jordan puts it, "Our Universe is composed of vibrations at every level and with the help of science and technology we can hear these vibrations and use them to create beautiful and compelling music."

"Sounds of the Elements" is one example of this music. As Jordan explains, "All visible matter is composed of atoms, and every type of atom, be it oxygen, carbon, what-have-you, has a unique vibrational signature. I have been fascinated by this for a long time, and I have now created software that allows me to explore these properties in a musical way." Jordan is no stranger to music software development. In the 1970s, he studied computer music with Paul Lansky at Princeton University.

Jordan promises that the underlying science is legitimate and correct. During this past August he attended a conference in Stockholm, Sweden at the Nordita Institute for Theoretical Physics, where he rubbed shoulders with some of the top physicists of our time. At the conference Jordan did presentations on how he uses sound and music to represent scientific data, which caused quite a buzz and prompted some of the physicists to bring him cutting-edge data from their research. Jordan explains, "It was a two-way street; I was there to help them to make more use of sound in their work, and to benefit myself by giving me cool new sounds to bring to my audience. The 'Sounds of the Elements' project is just the first of many things to come from this collaboration."

The obvious question is, "Do you have to be a science geek to appreciate it?" Stanley Jordan answers, "If you do then I haven't done my job. The music should speak for itself no matter what. But if you understand that you're hearing the subtle energies that compose our world then it may hopefully give you a deeper understand of the elements that we interact with every day."

In the performance Jordan will briefly explain the project and then perform a musical composition exploring these quantum subatomic vibrations. Much of the music will be improvised so no two performances will be the same, and one could even attend both nights and be part of the evolution of the idea.

This work was premiered in New York a few short weeks ago, and Dimitriou's Jazz Alley will only be the second place it has ever been performed.


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