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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon 

When: Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$59
FRIDAY, FEB. 5

JASON MORAN & THE BANDWAGON

"Jazz is like painting with sounds." This sort of lame, synesthetic cliche is enough to send both musician and painter to the exit. But pianist Jason Moran actually finds substantial conceptual connections between music and visual art. He's collaborated on projects with Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, and Adrian Piper, and his theatrical piece Looks of a Lot with artist-activist Theaster Gates blew away a Chicago Symphony Orchestra crowd at its debut. Gates credits Moran's "strong sense of space," one way of describing what the audio and visual arts share: specific, situational territory. Moran, who leads bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits in this trio, never dumbs down his expeditions into that territory, no matter the context. You can picture the sound, and it's wonderfully intricate. —Chris Vitiello

UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL

8 p.m., $10-$59, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

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