The Folly Theater opens again this January with its most progressive and diverse line-up to date, beginning with Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, composer, and producer, Jeff Lorber, and his trio on the 15th. Lorber has over the course of 42 years and 24 albums, pioneered the post-fusion sound of contemporary jazz with his radio-friendly, groove-oriented instrumental music.
From 1977’s Jeff Lorber Fusion to 2017’s Prototype (named Best Contemporary Instrumental Music album at the 60th annual Grammy Awards) to his recent collaboration with guitar great Mike Stern on Eleven, Lorber has shown a knack for creating fresh vibes and funky grooves while layering on jazzy improvisations on piano, synthesizer, and his signature Fender Rhodes electric piano. Lorber’s work has spanned widely to include music for The Weather Channel and the hit video game, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
On the 20th, as part of our LIVE! In the Lounge listening room series, the Folly welcomes the dynamic The Black Creatures. This is an intimate performance to a crowd of 25 and seating sells out quickly. The band tells us they are working on something very special for the room.
“Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 with no more than the intention to collaborate on just a few songs. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. They both write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition.
The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; often blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes.
With the complex approach The Black Creatures take to their work, fans young and old have consistently regarded their performances as surprisingly gripping and intensely enchanting.
Jade Green pulls no punches! They have a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end.
Xavier lays the groundwork… Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures.”
To find out more visit http://follytheater.org or call the box office at 816-474-4444.