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Search and Restore: Kneebody Residency and Undead Music Festival

Marc Rosenfeld Antunes
Staff Writer
mra337[at]nyu.edu / @mcrantunes

In a booming jazz scene, it is worth noting some exciting news about an organization sitting somewhat at the center of much of new musical activity, Search and Restore. Search and Restore is somewhat of an entry point for the discovery of new talents in contemporary jazz and improvisation as well as an intersection, a platform for these musicians to be brought together. In terms of bringing musicians together, two notable events are coming up.

First, Search and Restore are sponsoring a residency for Kneebody at the Littlefield performance and art space in Brooklyn, NYC, starting on the 11th of April and ending on the 14th. Kneebody is a Grammy-nominated, energetic group composed of five young musicians with a unique collective style that can be labelled with anything from post-bop to indie-rock.Thanks to the organisation of Search and Restore, Kneebody will be performing over its residency with an exciting list of talents, including Mark Guiliana, Gretchen Parlato, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi and more. Look forward also to the programmes planned for each night, with the performance of music by the aforementioned Louis Cole and Genvieve Artadi, the music of Judee Still, and perhaps most interestingly, the music of Tom Zé, a boundary ripping figure of Brazilian styles of music.

Second, and a little further into the near future, look forward to Search and Restore’s Undead Music Festival. The festival has received, in previous years, much critical acclaim and attention, and justifiably so, if it really is a celebration of the “incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City”. And so, a large and varied selection of talents, ranging from Chris Dingman to Vinicius Cantuaria will be performing in venues in the New York City area from the 9th to the 12th of May. Look forward to more details on the festival’s blog.

Marc Antunes is a student, writer, and critic. Follow him on Twitter.