SYNERGY

SYNERGY

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SYNERGY is a high-energy free improvisational Jazz band that is the innovative collaboration between artist Amir Bey and musician Saco Yasuma. SYNERGY combines visual and musical arts; the sounds and movements of musicians are visually enhanced and the audio potentials of sculpture are explored.

Biography

SYNERGY began through the mutual appreciation between Saco Yasuma and Amir Bey for each other's work. Bey enjoyed watching and hearing Yasuma's playing with Sabir Mateen and Ras Moshe one night at Brecht Forum. The contrast between the dimunative Yasuma and the two full bodied-tenor players was almost as striking as the intensity of their music for Bey. In turn, Yasuma thought Bey's silkscreen on fabric prints would look good on stage, particularly one design that he had originally created for the late trumpeter Lester Bowie. They both began to throw ideas back and forth about visual combinatoins and musical concepts. What began as playful appreciation for each others' work gradually grew into a ever growing process leading to the development of compositions, costumes, new instruments like the mobile-like percussion pieces, and many kinds of masks that were both provocative and functional for the musicians to play in. Each performance has a new element introduced, whether it is musically through Yasuma's unique compositions, or Bey's experimentations with costumes, masks and instruments. For more information on Saco and Amir, please visit our websites; sacoyasuma.com ; http://home.mindspring.com/~amirbey and http://www.myspace.com/synergysightandsound
SYNERGY Sight and Sound received the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 2007 Manhattan Community Arts Fund to produce and perform a new body of music, costumes, and set designs that is devoted to the sky.

Discography

A ten minute DVD single, "April Moon Dance" is on sale.
To purchase, contact Saco Yasuma at sacoyasuma@msn.com.

Set List

Original tunes by Saco Yasuma. Each set is 70 to 90 minutes, maximum 2 sets a performance.