Project Created: “Trainspotter: jazz meets drum & bass”
Quote: “It’s such an incredible feeling hearing and watching other musicians enjoy playing your songs.” “I love writing music almost as much as I love performing. Nothing is more rewarding as a musician when you bring the two together.”
Bio: In the months preceding Korey Riker’s Kimmel Center Jazz Composer Residency, Riker performed shows around the world with John Legend and Melody Gardot. 2015 also saw the release of his 2nd album, Recognizance. Previous work has included multiple appearances with The Roots including performing and arranging on their album with Elvis Costello, Wise Up Ghost. Riker also recorded on the multiple Grammy award winning album Greater Than by Tye Tribbett and the Latin Grammy award winning album Sirope by Alejandro Sanz.
Project Description: “I am writing a collection of songs inspired by some of my favorite compositions from the Drum & Bass genre of EDM. This music is fun to draw from because it harmontically and rhythmically does not follow traditional jazz trends. As a result, the solo sections inspire a different approach to improvisation. The project is titled “Trainspotter” and the definition from the Urban Dictionary is “A person who hovers around a DJ’s turnbtables and attempts to identify their tracks by label, artist and /or song title.” Korey Riker on Trainspotter, 2016
Korey Riker - Saxophone
Simon Martinez - Guitar
Jonathan Smith - Bass
Lionel Forrester Jr. - Drums
Leon Jordan Jr. - Trumpet
Matt Keppler – Bass
Luke Carlos O’Reilly - Piano
Performance Dates: Korey was in residence at the Kimmel Center from November 2015 – June 2016. His student workshop was held on February 8, his public workshop was on March 2, his work-in-progress on May 23, and his world premiere was held on June 10, 2016.