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Program Information

Program name: An Evening with The Blur Division
Program category: Music
Program length: 1.5-2 hours
Audience level: Adult
Audience size:
Program description: Anyone interested in experiencing an evening of innovative contemporary music is invited to attend this performance and/or lecture program of the New York-based trio The Blur Division. The band is certain to once again demonstrate the limitless possibilities of three exploratory musicians getting together to craft their own original compositions which reconcile history with the future, tradition with technology, and jazz with a unique approach that resists categorization.
Space/special requirements: Access to electrical outlets.
Travel restrictions: None
Program fee: $501- $1000
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: All fees and terms of performances are open to negotiation to best suit your programming needs. Please inquire about out special discounted rates for performances outside the Long Island region.
Other notes: Since 1996, The Blur Division has emerged as a strikingly resourceful and multi-faceted group if musicians merely by virtue of their willingness to disregard style or genre in their individual and collective pursuit of creative experimentation. The group has steadily gained prominence in the music community, recording their independently released CD, playing a wide variety of gigs, opening for such internationally prestigious jazz acts as Christian McBride and Larry Coryell, receiving regional radio play and national television exposure, and eliciting unanimous praise from the critics. Based on the strength of their live performances, the band’s energetic and positive spirit has particularly allowed them to indulge their naturally exploratory approach to music-making, and likewise communicate effectively with each other and the audience. James Bennett, the band’s bassist has been playing and studying the bass since the age of sixteen. He was initially drawn to jazz because it presented a multitude of ways to further explore his instrument rhythmically, harmonically, and tonally. While formally educated, he has strived to keep in mind the origin and essence of jazz, which has always been more involved with feeling and innovation than any reliance on an overly reverential approach. The Blur Division has proved the perfect outlet to allow James to compose and perform music that has the potential to affect everyone in a meaningful way. This has helped to keep the never ending struggle to balance work, family, and music while keeping it all enjoyable. Chris Cuvier- pianist, keyboardist, and composer- began his formal training which involved traditional classical repertoire, at the age of eight. Upon his exposure to jazz in his junior year of high school, his dedication to exploiting the full tonal and expressive range of the piano was immediately awakened. Having thoroughly immersed himself in the rich history of jazz piano and American popular song, after being inducted into The Blur Division and recognizing the limitless forum for personal expression and experimentation which it presented, his intense interest in compositions was also sparked. To this day he has continued to investigate the boundaries of his own imagination and of the sonic palettes available by combining acoustic and synthesized instruments. Chris Howard began his study of drumming at the age of seven under the tutelage of several influential mentors. After years of devoting himself to mastering the fundamentals of his instrument, his already enthusiastic commitment to music was further stimulated upon his introduction to jazz and the legion of legendary players, past and present, who have established such a commanding legacy in that genre. His developing interest in musics from around the world has been the inspiration for his fusing the drumset with various percussion instruments and effects, yielding an informed yet unpredictable rhythmic framework. Chris has also received endorsements from Evans Drumheads, GMS Drum Company, Paiste Cymbals, and Vater Drumsticks. Although the influences evident in the music of The Blur Division are wide reaching and diverse, their surface characteristics remain secondary to the most significant thread which ties it all together: the band members’ mind set of inclusiveness which has enabled them to reconcile their own natural impulses with the vast wealth of information and technologies now instantly available to them. The band’s ultimate goal has been to make stimulating discoveries concerning their own individual approach to the world of sound, and in the process make their own singular contribution toward bridging the already narrowing gaps between the disparate segments of the global community. And of course, to enlighten and uplift their listeners while doing so.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Long Island
Program last updated: 06/17/2016
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: The Blur Division
Performer name: The Blur Division
Phone: 631.830.1674
Mailing address: P.O. Box 923
Kings Park, NY 11754-0923
E-mail address:
Performer's agent: Contact: Chris Howard
Previous appearances at: North Shore Public Library, Farmingdale Public Library, Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, Rockville Centre Public Library, Smithtown Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/17/2016


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