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Behold, our 2022-2023 season!

Tuesday Morning Music & Tea

Branded Degenerate: Voices Silenced 
music related to the holocaust 
October 4
Tea service begins at 9:30 a.m., concert 10:30 a.m.

Amanda DeMaris, soprano
Christopher Creviston, saxophone
Hannah Creviston, piano

*FREE SHOW* 

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You may also RSVP by calling the box office at 480-596-2660.

Attend in person or watch online on the ASU Kerr YouTube channel


 Stylized image of Grace Rolland in partial profile, wearing square red dangling earrings. Reedy plants and a sideways tree and grass scene are lightly superimposed over her image.

Rising Sun Daughter - Grace Rolland
indie folk, Americana, singer-songwriter
Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm
$48 premium, $35 reserved $25 general admission

Grace Rolland-Redwood is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Mesa, Ariz. Her ear for melodies and poetic lyrics brings a rich, evocative texture to her songwriting. In 2010, Rolland joined the traditional folk-Americana band Run Boy Run as cellist and vocalist. They won the coveted Telluride Bluegrass Band contest in 2011, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion twice, released four studio records and toured across the United States in just five years. During that time, Rolland began writing new songs and performing as Rising Sun Daughter, releasing her debut EP “I See Jane” in 2019. It was named one of The 20 Best Folk Albums of the year by PopMatters.

She shares a beautiful history with ASU Kerr, her father first brought her to the venue to play music and watch his ensembles perform during her childhood. Rolland received the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ Research and Development grant for songwriting in 2022. Hear the music of a true artist with a deep connection to Arizona and our space, she’s one of indie folk and Americana’s most soul-stirring artists.

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Composer's Choice 
featuring Nokuthula Ngwenyama, umama womama
classical, contemporary
Saturday, October 22, 2022
$55 premium, $45 reserved, $25 general admission

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 Joe Scott stands holding his guitar-banjo hybrid "guitjo" facing Hannah Alkire, who stands holding the neck of her cello with the bow placed over its strings. They are smiling, barefoot and wearing jeans and green-brown tops.

Acoustic Eidolon
global, folk, Americana, fusion
Friday, January 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm
$48 premium, $35 reserved, $25 general admission

 Acoustic Eidolon features Joe Scott on double neck guitjo, an instrument he designed that was praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument…like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” Hannah Alkire on cello is the other half of the one-of-a-kind duo. Mixing a uniquely modern blend of Americana, global, Celtic and flamenco influences, Alkire and Scott are virtuosos of their instruments. Their performances are portals to joy and gratitude.

They make deep connections with their audiences around the globe and their uplifting spirits and personal tales for each song create a heartwarming atmosphere. Whether they’re sharing an original work about Alkire’s grandparents’ home, or one of their gorgeous covers of recognizable tunes like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” this pair promises a memorable and engaging concert. Join us for the Acoustic Eidolon experience in the warm acoustics of ASU Kerr.

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Emil Viklicky plays the piano, shown in profile.

The Super Bowl of Jazz Concerts
featuring Emil Viklický Trio
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm

 Czech master jazz pianist Emil Viklický will bring his traditional style of straight-ahead jazz to ASU Kerr and perform a Super Bowl weekend kickoff concert! Joining Viklický will be bassist Chris Finet and former drummer for Jimmy Smith and George Benson, Dowell Davis from New Orleans. 

Viklický has become noted for his unique style of playing modern jazz. He’s one of the rare European jazz pianists who have successfully incorporated elements of his indigenous folk culture into jazz. Please join us for an intimate evening of jazz with international flavor for the start of Super Bowl weekend.

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 Mali Obomsawin plays acoustic guitar and sings into a microphone in profile onstage, with her eyes closed.

Welcome to Indian Country
An Indigenous Celebration of Original Music and Poetry
heritage folk, spoken word, storytelling
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
$48 premium, $38 reserved, $25 general admission

“Welcome to Indian Country” is an evening celebrating Native culture through music and storytelling. A world-class musical ensemble of five is joined by storyteller and Washington State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest. Together they weave new songs and compositions with poignant and witty poetry and satire. The event honors the ancestors and elders, unearthing the joy, solidarity and depth that indigenous people find in their cultures, families and communities. Their individual strands of Diné (Navajo), Lhaq’temish (Lummi), Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior, Osage and Odanak W8banaki First Nation heritage braid together to create this must-hear ensemble show. Explore and experience the worlds of compelling and influential Native storytellers and musicians.

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 The four women of LADAMA stand in peach and coral-colored clothing in front of a dark background. They are all wearing saturated bright eyeshadow and dangly gold earrings with various colors woven in.

LADAMA
global, Latin alternative
Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm
$55 premium, $45 reserved, $25 general admission

Flowing to electric from the acoustic and through Spanish, English and Portuguese lyrics, LADAMA is a group of four women—virtuosic musicians and educators—that are sisters in song, rhythm and spirit. Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas harness music from their respective countries of origin: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the U.S.  Reimagining Caribbean and South American genres like maracatu, cumbia, joropa and onda nueva and joropo and spinning them with soul, R&B and pop, they created anall their own.

Each taking turns as lead singer, they shape and modernize their sound by celebrating traditional and non-traditional instruments from the vast expanse of the Americas. Transcend borders. Experience Latin alternative music and join LADAMA as they transport you across cultures and continents through story and sound.

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Leonard Patton and his three band members stand smiling in front of a closed rolling bay door in monochromatic grey clothing.

LP and the Vinyl 
jazz, blues
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm
$45 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission

LP and the Vinyl was born when famed jazz, blues and gospel vocalist Leonard Patton joined forces with the critically adored Danny Green Trio. The band’s wide influences include the best of jazz, rock, R&B, Brazilian music, classical music and '80s and '90s tunes. Mixing many styles, LP and The Vinyl has a jazz-forward sound charged with vibrance and emotion.

LP and The Vinyl are veterans of huge jazz events including the Telluride Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival and more. When not wowing crowds, band members hold music faculty positions at universities and community colleges while traveling for clinics, workshops and residencies at venues and schools throughout the U.S.

Patton’s magnetic charm will be on full display as he entwines his versatile vocals with the brilliant backing of Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass) and Julien Cantelm (drums). Explore the band's complex palette of sounds in this show focusing on their bewitching original works!

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The Dover Quartet's musicians stand in front of a white structure in a wooded area with their stringed instruments in hand, giving each other knowing facial expressions.

Phoenix Chamber Music Society and ASU Kerr co-present
Dover Quartet, Soovim Kim, violin and friends: Strings at Kerr
Part of the PCMS Festival XIV
- David Shifrin, Artistic Director
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
$65 general admission

Bask in the glory of music for expanded string ensembles by Mozart and Mendelssohn, two short-lived composers of long-lasting music. Both composers began as child prodigies and neither lived to see their 40th birthday, but left behind the exuberant, genre-forming pieces on this program. Mozart’s C Major Viola Quintet comes from the composer’s maturity and inspired beloved string quintets in the same key by Beethoven and Schubert. Mendelssohn, on the other hand, wrote his high-octane Octet when he was just 16, creating the blueprint for future string octets by composers from Enescu to Shostakovich. Don’t miss this incredible pairing of two great masterpieces for strings in the hands of members of the Dover Quartet and renowned guest artists!

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The five members of Seffarine stand in a row with their Middle Eastern instruments, guitar and cajon in front of a low stage platform below large paneled windows..

Seffarine
Global, Spanish flamenco, Arabic, jazz fusion
Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
$48 premium, $35 reserved, $25 general admission

Globally-acclaimed singer Lamiae Naki was born in the ancient city of Fes, Morocco. Her ensemble Seffarine channel their profound knowledge of the music of the intersection of Middle Eastern, African and European cultures: both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar. From the ninth to 15th centuries these cultures coexisted in peace, bringing into being a musical alchemy that influenced the foundations of classical Arabic and European Renaissance music.

Today, Seffarine embraces and extends the rich legacy of this incredible age of tolerance and exchange between Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures by creating innovative works reconnecting this shared Mediterranean DNA. Imbued with color and texture, Seffarine concerts transport the audience on a vast musical journey as they express the joy of the sounds and dance of North Africa and southern Spain. Envelop yourself in Seffarine’s expansive world where Arabic, Persian classical, Spanish flamenco, Andalusian music and jazz meet.

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 Charles Lewis plays piano in near-silhouette with full band under ASU Kerr's stage lights

Charles Lewis Quintet + 2
Jazz, Latin jazz
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm
$48 premium, $35 reserved, $25 general admission

Swing with a perennial ASU Kerr favorite, Charles Lewis Quintet, plus a couple dashes of some extra spice in the form of his fantastic friends. You'll hear grooving jazz and lush, full sounds from an ensemble led by a living Phoenix legend and true friend to our namesake Louise Lincoln Kerr. Lewis will even share some insights into the iconic woman that created the hip and historical house where culture flourishes in Scottsdale. 

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ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-596-2660

 

 

ASU Kerr is a historic Valley venue that is part of ASU Cultural Affairs. Our small staff and facility strive to present a diverse mix of live music, storytelling and theater in order to share the unique perspectives of local, national and international artists. Global music, indie folk, jazz, Americana, classical music, soul, baroque pop and more grace our stage each season. 

As a self-sustaining venue, our only income streams are ticket sales, rental bookings, concessions and the contributions of donors.

Consider helping sustain ASU Kerr with a donation to the venue. We are doing our best to bring the joy of music and the arts to you in new ways, and hope those able to financially support the venue's mission of Connecting Communities™ will do so. Your help is vital in ensuring that the shows will go on!

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Want to speak about a larger gift or include ASU Kerr in your estate planning? Contact Tim Walling at tim.walling@asu.edu or 480-965-9915 to learn more about how you can assist ASU Kerr at this important time! 

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ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-596-2660