CAMDEN and ROCKLAND — Bay Chamber Concerts will host two free outdoor concerts on Saturday, August 15, at 1 p.m., in Camden, and at 5 p.m., in Rockland, weather permitting.
“The concerts will feature an eclectic collection of jazz-infused performances of standards and new music featuring two of Maine’s most exciting young musical innovators, joined by prominent musicians from across the state,” said Bay Chambers, in a news release.
Guitarist Ryan Blotnick has been called “a vital contemporary voice” by Time Out New York and “an authentic, compelling player” by Cadence Magazine. As part of one of the last generations to study with 1960s era masters, Blotnick developed a deep respect for the post-bop and free-jazz traditions, while simultaneously being exposed to current directions in European and American improvisation. His latest release, Kush, mines a bittersweet melodic/harmonic vein balanced by an African-influenced rhythmic elan, according to Bay Chambers.
Drummer, composer and innovator RJ Miller explores the ambient side of electronic music with chilled themes and moody soundscapes as well as being a first-rate jazz drummer, according to Bay Chambers.
“The soul in the machine lies in the way Miller expertly juxtaposes his drum kit with piano, keyboards and analog synthesizers through infectious melodies that move and groove,” said All About Jazz.
Blotnick and Miller will be joined by Maine-based jazz musicians Pat Corrigan, on timpani, vibes, amplified birdcage, toys and junk, and Ross Gallagher on bass.
“Concert goers are invited to bring a chair if you’d like to sit, and join us for these fun, free and musically eclectic performances in Camden and Rockland,” said Bay Chambers.
The 1 p.m. concert will take place on the Camden Village Green
The 5 p.m. Rockland’s concert will be at the Oak Street Mural.
For more information or to check on weather conditions, please visit www.baychamberconcerts.org or check their Facebook page.