Faculty Talk with Kris Allen
Challenges of the "Chordless Quartet"

Kris_AllenLyell B. Clay Artist-in-Residence In Jazz Activities/Lecturer In Music Kris Allen will present selections from his recently recorded album (tentatively titled Beloved, to be released on Truth Revolution Records in the Spring of 2016).  This album, (Allen’s second as a leader) is comprised entirely of his original compositions and features Kris on alto and soprano saxophone, Frank Kozyra on tenor saxophone, Luques Curtis on bass, and Jonathan Barber on drums.

Mr. Allen will discuss the specific challenges of working in the “chordless quartet” framework, his improvisational approach, and will share two compositions that sprang directly out of his teaching work with students at Williams College.