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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet

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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet
October 23 – 24 | 7:30PM October 25 | 6:30PM 
Velocity Dance Center | 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122


An evening of cross-continental contemporary dance – set to high-octane original jazz and part of the UW Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

As part of the University of Washington Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary, encore performance by KSD with the Sam Boshnack Quintet features works by celebrated UW dance artists. From Seattle to Switzerland, artists Karin Stevens (1999 Alum), Penny Hutchinson (Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Artist) and Jürg Koch (Professor 2004-2014) showcase their individual choreographic styles with 5 works set to live original jazz music.

Moved by the recent work of prolific Seattle trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack and a desire to build community and expand KSD’s reach, Karin brings together an artistic team of UW alumni, alumni faculty, and 10 new dancers. Back by demand, the four returning works and one new work pull inspiration from man-made and natural powerful local structures like the 99 Viaduct and Puget Sound, lively Juba music, intimate relationships and idiosyncrasies that occur inside of ensemble.

Karin’s three-movement finale work – Dormant, Exploding Syndrome, Ash Cloud – explores unexpected life eruptions with an expanded 10-dancer cast. Using the inspirations for Dormant, Karin aims to raise awareness for the Ben Towne Foundation and Seattle’s revolutionary childhood cancer research.

“Masterful artistry with precise timing, exacting movement and a sophisticated sense of flow. ” – Cyrus Khambatta, Seattle International Dance Festival


Sam Boshnack Quintet Northwest Shows


In the month of June, the Sam Boshnack Quintet is hitting the road playing shows in Montana, Seattle and Olympia.  We will be collaborating with Karin Stevens Dance again as well as playing club shows.

Tuesday, June 9 – 7:30 pm
Eichardt’s Pub (Sandpoint, ID)

Wed, June 10 – 7 pm
Top Hat Lounge (Missoula, Montana)

Friday, June 12 and Saturday June 13  – 7:30 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet with Karin Stevens Dance
O’Shaugnessy Center presented by Glacier Symphony (Whitefish, Montana)

Thursday, June 18 – 8 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet at Zero-G Concerts with Fundamental Forces and the Michael Owcharuk Quartet
The Royal Room (Seattle, WA) – Facebook Event

Friday, June 26 – 10 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Olympia Experimental Music Festival (Olympia, WA)
Eagles Club Grand Ballroom

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B’shnorkestra Premieres Global Concertos May 9, 2015

Bshnorkestra Global Concertos

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 8pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South, Seattle

$5-15 suggested donation / All Ages
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Open dress rehearsal with Q & A: May 8 – 8pm

Composer Samantha Boshnack and her B’shnorkestra (a 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra) premiere Global Concertos: an evening of new music featuring an international tour de force of soloists.

Boshnack has written five new works, each showcasing a guest soloist’s instrument and tradition: Thione Diop – West African talking drum, Christos Govetas – Greek clarinet, Srivani Jade – North Indian vocals, Julio Jauregui – Latin American piano and Thomas Marriott – American jazz trumpet. In Global Concertos each artist brings their individual voice to the B’shnorkestra to create a new “all world” sound.

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Global Concertos was made possible, in part by funding from New Music USA, 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

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Sam Boshnack Quintet NW Shows and Art Zone Videos

In January 2015, the Sam Boshnack Quintet appeared on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy take a watch –

For these three upcoming northwest shows, the Sam Boshnack Quintet will perform a huge range of material. Music includes their debut record “Exploding Syndrome”, and two recent commissions: The Nellie Bly Project (music inspired by the 19th century daredevil, feminist & journalist), and Free Flow Interchange, a new work originally commissioned by the Karin Stevens Dance Company in Seattle.

Sunday, January 25 – Portland, OR
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth St.
21+  / 8pm
Admission: sliding scale $5-7
Opening: Get Smashing Love Power
[Noah Bernstein (alto sax) / Reed Wallsmith
(alto sax) / Andre St. James (bass) /
Tim DuRoche (drums)]

Presented by Experimental Portland

Monday, January 26 – Olympia, WA
Rhythm & Rye
311 Capitol Way N.
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Tuesday, February 3 – Seattle, WA                            
Royal Room                                                                
5000 Rainier Ave S.                                                              
All Ages / 8:30pm                                                      
Admission: donation   

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People. Make. Awesome.

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On Thursday December 11th, Boshnack will be collaborating with animator Stefan Gruber for this performance featuring three pairings of musicians and filmmakers presented by The Frank Agency.

Boshnack will premiere compositions for a duo with pianist Sumi Tunooka and herself written for animation by Stefan Gruber.  The duo will also perform a new Boshnack composition to which Gruber will create animation to.

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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet


The Sam Boshnack Quintet will be performing live at Velocity Dance Center for two nights! 

Karin Stevens Dance (KSD) presents two nights of new contemporary dance to music played live by the Sam Boshnack Quintet.  KSD dancers will be performing work by Stevens as well as guest choreographers, Penny Hutchinson and Jurg Koch.  
Since the first KSD concert in 2009, every production incorporates a local, live and/or new music component. These upcoming performances feature the music of rising trumpeter/composer/bandleader Samantha Boshnack. Karin Stevens was inspired by Boshnack’s latest CD release, “Exploding Syndrome” featuring the Sam Boshnack Quintet.  Her and the two guest choreographers have created new works to all eight compositions on the album.  Stevens also created a new choreographic work and commissioned Boshnack to compose a Quintet piece for it.  

October 3 & 4/ 8PM  Buy TICKETS

Choreography by Karin Stevens, Jürg Koch and Penny Hutchinson. Performance by Karin Stevens, Belle Wolf, Amy Weaver, Emily Durand, Maya Felten, Philippa Myler, Taylor Augustine, Katherine Freeman and Eileen Wingfield. Lighting design by Kent Cubbage. Costumes by Ali Panzarella.
Sam Boshnack Quintet features Boshnack on trumpets, Beth Fleenor – clarinets & voice, Alex Chadsey – piano/keyboards, Isaac Castillo – bass, and drummer Max Wood.
This concert was supported, in part, by an award from 4-Culture.

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Sunday, August 10 – Seattle, WA
Seamonster Lounge
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band closes
2202 N 45th St / 9pm / Free

Wednesday, August 13 – Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
Le Corusse Rouge
4647 White Lane / 7 pm / Donation

Thursday, August 14 – Los Angeles, CA
JazzPop series
Hammer Museum, UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd / 8pm / Free


Friday, August 15 – San Francisco, CA
Best Coast Jazz Composers Series
Center for New Music
w/ Darren Johnston’s Troubled Trio +1  (Kanoko Nishi – koto/piano, Matt Szemela – violin, Darren Johnston – trumpet, Doug Stuart – bass)
55 Taylor St / 7:30pm / $12/$10 members of the Center

Sunday, August 17 – Oakland, CA
468 19th St. / 9 pm / $15

Monday August 18 – Sacramento, CA
Nebraska Mondays
Luna’s Café
1414 16th St. / 7:30 / $5-10 sliding scale

Wednesday, August 20 – Portland, OR
Outset Series at Revival Drum Shop
Blue Lighters open

215 SE 9th ave (the old La Luna space)/ 8 – 10 pm / $5-15 sliding scale

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