November 30, 2018 7:30 pm

7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation
The Owl Music Parlor
497 Rogers Ave At Midwood

Akie Bermiss with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive’s national concert tour in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.

Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former- activist mom and dad. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, enroute becoming somewhat of a musical chameleon. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip hop.

Akie cut his teeth in music the old-fashioned way; he went to college and earned a degree in music composition at Bard College.  Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.

Richard Sears Sextet – Iron Year CD release

Richard Sears – piano and compositions
Roman Filiu – alto saxophone
Dayna Stephens – tenor saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Martin Nevin – bass

TBA – drums

Brooklyn based pianist Richard Sears has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others. As a composer Richard has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). His previous release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, naming it one of the Best Albums of 2017. Taking inspiration from the poetry of Hart Crane, “Iron Year” features original music for sextet, written since Sears moved to New York in 2015.

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