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Kimmel Center Presents

David Allen / Raquel Salas Rivera / Diane Monroe Residency Kick Off

Special BYOB Performance*

Jan 17, 2019
8:00 PM

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As part of the Kimmel Center’s Jazz Residency program, we welcome you to get a glimpse into the creative process before it’s presented as a world premiere on the Kimmel Center stage. Pick a show, BYOB, and join us in the resident’s journey of developing new works of jazz!



The Jazz Residency kick off is a performance where the residents feature the music they've created to date. It gives the audience a chance to hear the artist’s sound as they start their journey in developing new work. It's a special BYOB event and tickets are free with a reservation. Can you afford not to come??

David Allen, composer, guitarist, and educator, will “develop a series of jazz compositions that incorporate poetry and spoken-word to tell a story of Philadelphia as a multi-cultural safe-haven” and to “represent the diversity of Philadelphia in both music and language.” This new work is focused on multi-culturalism and the idea of what people think of as "home".  It will explore Philadelphia as a safe-haven and sanctuary city for immigrants and migrants alike. Pulling inspiration from his firsthand experience, Allen is enlisting the help of 2018-19 poet laureate of Philadelphia Raquel Sala Rivera, violinist Diane Monroe, drummer Matt Scarano, and bassist Madison Rast to develop the project and tell the story.

Allen has traveled and lived around the world: growing up in Philadelphia before moving to New York City, and then relocating to Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. In 2016 he moved  his family back to Philadelphia, as they needed a safe environment after the deterioration of the situation in Turkey.  “We were living in Turkey during a very turbulent time and witnessed a military coup first hand.  After witnessing such chaos and hostility, we needed a safe haven where we could begin again and we chose Philadelphia."

David Allen / Raquel Salas Rivera / Diane Monroe

Jazz Residency Performances
Residency Kick Off - Thursday, January 17 
Public Workshop - Friday, March 8
Work-in-Progress - Friday, April 26 
World Premiere - Friday, June 7

David Allen, lead composer, guitar
Raquel Salas Rivera, poet
Diane Monroe, violin
Matt Scarano, drums
Madison Rast, bass

*These are designated BYO performances. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center

2 levels below ground floor

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102



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