Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Tim Keiper, ngoni, percussion
Matt Kilmer, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe, fue, flute
The four members of the Brooklyn-based collective Motions, combine the rhythms, timbres and melodies from their extensive and diverse musical backgrounds - traditional and contemporary musics from Japan, Mali, the Middle East, Brazil and the US to create a unified sound that is both eclectic and organic. The music seamlessly ranges from abstract improvisation to heavy groove, highlighting the flavors and qualities of the different instruments while celebrating their universality.
Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. The New York Times hailed Dingman as a "dazzling" soloist and composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism." Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise as "an extremely gifted young composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman" (Jon Weber, NPR), for his "deeply lyrical" (Nate Chinen, NY Times) and "poignant work" (David Sprague, Variety). He has performed and studied with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and many others.
Tim Keiper was born in Red Bank, NJ, Tim Keiper moved to New York City in 1999. Since then, he has focused on touring, recording, and building musical instruments. He has worked with Cyro Baptista, John Zorn, Julie Taymor, Jonas Mekas, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Skeleton Key, and Dirty Projectors. Since 2007, he has worked extensively with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, including performances at the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu and recording on Ali Farka Toure's posthumous release, Ali and Toumani.
Matt Kilmer has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being named a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute fellow. He has produced albums for many contemporary artists and is an in-demand session drummer and percussionist as well as a highly sought after live musician for touring acts such as Grammy award winning artist Lauryn Hill and master Arabic oudist and violinist Simon Shaheen. He also composed and produced music for the upcoming feature film "Backwards" to be released fall of 2012. His band The Mast recently released "UpUpUp", an EP with remixes to critical acclaim. "UpUpUp" follows The Mast's debut album "Wild Poppies", released in summer of 2011. As Music Coordinator for the critically acclaimed TV show "Louie", Kilmer has helped to shape the sonic landscape of contemporary television. Deviating from the standard fare of stock-soundtrack and flavor-of-the-month song licensing, the music of "Louie" features all real musicians providing an emotionally charged score that complements the single camera show's unique blend of everyday ordeals and observational humor as seen through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning comedian Louis C.K.
Kaoru Watanabe is a New York based practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo fue or flutes, the taiko drum as well as the Western flute. His music can be best described as an ever-shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music. Kaoru has performed with such artists as Jason Moran, Bando Tamasaburo, Kiyohiko Semba, Alicia Hall Moran, Adam Rudolph, Maureen Fleming and Imani Uzuri was a long time performing member and artistic director of the iconic Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo. As an educator, Kaoru teaches workshops and master classes internationally, courses at Princeton and Wesleyan University and at his own studio in Brooklyn. Kaoru's fue are provided by master flute maker Ranjo.
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