Think all classical musicians are old and dusty, playing sonatas in symphony halls somewhere? You haven't met the musicians slated for this year's Impulse Artist Series: The Alter Ego Season, a weeklong slate of concerts that will take place in various locations throughout the city. There's Kris Becker, a pianist who's played Carnegie Hall and who tours as a rock keyboardist and composes nu-classical music. He's joined by fellow pianist and multimedia artist Phyllis Chen, who often performs the works of 20th-century composers on toy pianos, boom boxes and other nontraditional instruments. Suresh Singaratnam plays both classical and jazz trumpet. "He does 'Flight of the Bumblebee' and all that," says pianist/Impulse Artist Series executive director Jade Simmons, who organized the series. "But he does so much more as well." And finally, there's Brandee Younger, who plays the harp. "You think of that as an instrument for only classical music, but she makes the bulk of her living as a jazz and hip-hop musician."
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Each artist will perform a solo recital at Wade Wilson Art as well as one club concert; club locations include Avant Garden and Last Concert Cafe. "We're calling it the Alter Ego Season because we're inviting these artists to come and put their musical alter ego on display," says Simmons. "These artists are classically trained and have won tons of accolades in the classical world, but they are also very successful in other genres." Today's performance is by Brandee Younger at Wade Wilson Art. 7 p.m. 4411 Montrose. $25. For a full schedule, call 832-247-6647 or visit www.impulseartistseries.org.
Nov. 6-13, 2010