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Christopher Icasiano

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Chris Icasiano is quickly establishing himself as a force in Seattle's new music and avant-garge jazz scene. He performs regularly in the co-led duo Bad Luck with long-time friend and collaborator, saxophonist Neil Welch, which was recently awarded the 2009 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Bad Luck's self-titled debut album was received with much critical acclaim and has been described as, "...one of the finest Seattle Jazz recordings in years - fresh, assured, mature way beyond it's players' ages." (Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz). Icasiano is also a member of the progressive avant-jazz group Speak, which features many of Seattle's most forward-looking, innovative, and creative musicians, focusing predominantly on original composition and collective improvisation

Album

Provinces

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Provinces: I; Provinces: II; Provinces: III; Provinces: IV, Provinces: V; Taho: I; Taho: II; Taho: III

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Christopher Icasiano

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Christopher Icasiano" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in ...

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Provinces: II

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:16

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Bad Luck

Over half a decade after their first performance, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch continue to develop a unique musical voice together. Bad Luck has become a sonic outlet to be reckoned with. In the highly trodden medium of drums and saxophone, Bad Luck proves that there is much left to be said. Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound

Album

King Tears Bat Trip

Label: Table & Chairs
Released: 2012
Track listing: Stolen Police Car; Elevenogram.

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Article: Album Review

Bad Luck: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


When Bad Luck comes in the shape of drummer Christopher Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch, it can be a pretty good thing. They met at the University of Washington and, driven by an interest in improvised music, began a musical partnership. Both are fearless navigators of the unknown and communicate with an intuitive sense of empathy. ...

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Speak

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2010

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Track of the Day

Amalgam in the Middle

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2010
Duration: 6:53


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