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"Jazz for A New Audience"

Jazz for a New Audience
Written by Stephanie Smith
Thursday, 17 July 2008 20:14
Shikoh & Phillips make unconventional music together


"All ears are conditioned. The general public is not used to hearing [anything] beyond what they're exposed to. We like to play music that is unconventional from a ‘jazz snob' standpoint," says Matt Turnure, drummer for Shikoh & Phillips.
Alan Shikoh and Steve Phillips have just put out their first self-titled album and are eager to show the world what "unconventional jazz" is all about, as they told The Pulse in a recent interview.
Steve Phillips is a pianist ... and the music director at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. Alan Shikoh grew up in the church and began playing classical guitar at McCallie School in the seventh grade.
"I recognized in Alan that we had a similar harmonic palette. What he liked, I liked. We had a commonality in the way we approached music writing," says Phillips. "We began listening to old ECM recordings - stuff that I listened to while I was in high school. The good thing about partnering with someone who is young enough to be your son is you get to rediscover the music."

You don’t grow unless you put yourself out there.

Shikoh & Phillips worked together for three years, listening to music and writing together, before deciding to produce an album. Their upcoming show is their first concert performance for the community.
Shikoh explains, "We spend a lot of time writing together. We focus on moods and characters and vivid colors. We believe that people's ears are perked up to new material and want to hear jazz played that way."
Phillips says, "We want to make it jazz for the average person."
When Shikoh & Phillips collaborate with other musicians, Matt Turnure (drums), Matt Broom (percussion), and David Schwab (bass), changes naturally occur in the music that will be different than what listeners might hear on the CD.
"The audience needs to understand that when we play we improvise," says Phillips. "We play the melody-and then there are whole stretches where we don't know how it's going to go. It's never going to happen exactly that way again.
"You don't grow unless you put yourself out there. I like growth-pushing yourself into unknown territory. You inspire other people and that's a very enriching part of life."




- The Pulse, Chattanooga's Alternative Newspaper


"Shikoh & Phillips In Concert July 19 at The Warehouse"

Shikoh & Phillips In Concert July 19 At The Warehouse
posted June 19, 2008



Shikoh & Phillips will be in concert on Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd.

Enjoy an evening of original light jazz as guitarist Alan Shikoh and Keyboardist Steve Phillips perform music from their debut album, Shikoh & Phillips.

“We call ourselves sonic explorers,” says Phillips, because we are looking for new vistas in God’s amazing world of sound.”

These fresh and adventurous compositions make for captivating listening. Bass player David Schwab along with drummers Matt Broom and Matt Turnure join Shikoh & Phillips on the concert.

The café will be open for coffee and desserts.

ABOUT THE CD
Guitarist Alan Shikoh and Keyboardist Steve Phillips have teamed up on this new album of original light jazz. “We call ourselves sonic explorers,” says Steve, because we are looking for new vistas in God’s amazing world of sound.” These fresh and adventurous compositions make for captivating listening. Bass player David Schwab along with drummers Matt Broom and Matt Turnure round out these soundscapes, which include special guest dulcimerist, Dan Landrum.

There is no admission charge. For more information, call 886-2190.


- the Chattanoogan.com


"Shikoh & Phillips In Concert July 19 At The Warehouse"

Shikoh & Phillips will be in concert on Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd.

- Topix.com


Discography

Shikoh & Phillips (April 2008)

- available at smpcmusic.com

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SHIKOH & PHILLIPS

Guitarist Alan Shikoh and pianist Steve Phillips offer a colorful harmonic palette of soaring, hypnotic, original music that has been called “a sensory delight,” These two artists weave their individual talents together masterfully into a contemporary jazz style that “is as adventurous as it is accessible. It's like Mays and Metheny with a healthy dose of Keith Jarrett thrown in for good measure.”

Emerging artist Alan Shikoh is already recognized as an outstanding performer, having been featured in 2004 on New England Conservatory's From The Top, a national radio showcase hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Alan is considered the first product of the McCallie School guitar program directed by Charles Evans. As musical influences, Alan credits guitarists Julian Bream and Ralph Towner, as well as the musical pioneers who created the ECM jazz sound.

Steve Phillips shares Alan's fascination with the ECM sound, because as a teenager he was hearing these great artists firsthand. "It's very cool," says Steve, "to re-experience that mind-expanding music with Alan as he hears it for the first time." Steve adds, "My musical pantheon would definitely include the bands Oregon, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, as well as jazz masters like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock." With conspicuous talents in several arenas, Steve holds a bachelors degree in organ performance, a masters in choral music, and he has done "a bunch of work" in conducting, producing, arranging, classical piano, and jazz improvisation.

Whether as a duet or in collaboration with other artists these guys offer their audiences an array of sonic flavors, from the open spaces of cool jazz to the crackling fires of aggressive jam. Improvised sound is the lifeblood of their show, making every concert by Shikoh & Phillips a new experience.