A Unique Pianist & Composer

A Unique Pianist & Composer

Most Recent Projects

Neighborhood Salon Luminaries (2019-2021) Project Sponsor: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston MA

UPCOMING RELEASE

Piano Solo Concert with Short Film

DECEMBER 2, 2021

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Calderwood Hall

 

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"DOORWAYS"

A musical exploration of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A through composed piece by pianist, composer, and educator, Kevin Harris for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Luminary Lens Series

The idea of Doorways formed with Harris noticing that some visitors at the Gardner Museum walked quickly from room to room mostly in anticipation of what was in the next room, while others sat patiently pondering the experience of the room they were presently in. This phenomenon caused Harris to also ponder to what degree Gardner chose for her visitors to not assimilate to the opinions and perspective of others, but instead patiently form opinions and perspectives of their own.

The opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the Gardner was empowering” continued Harris. “Beyond considering what was aesthetically important, I sense that Gardner’s true aim was to employ the power of the arts to expand her guests’ stance and point of view in life.”

Doorways is a through composed composition sounding out soulful melodies that surface and resurface in various keys and rhythms. These frequently changing tonalities and melodies represent our own continued evolution from room to room in our lives. Through the musical twists and turns of his composition, Harris desires that the listeners imagine their own evolving circumstances and make a masterpiece of each moment.

The Neighborhood Salon is a gathering of Boston's select artists and cultural luminaries.

Neighborhood Salon cohorts nurture an active exchange of ideas between Boston's most innovative and thoughtful creatives, fostering collaborations and artistic networks while shaping Gardner Museum programming.

Modeled after Isabella Stewart Gardner’s legacy as a curator and hostess of artist salons around the turn of the century, the primary goal of the Neighborhood Salon is to exchange creative ideas and dialogue with Boston’s most innovative and thoughtful luminaries as a means of informing programming at the Gardner.

The Neighborhood Salon is led by Rhea Vedro and Luana Morales.

Visit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

2020 Projects

2020 Projects

Words and Vibrations “It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live." - Nina Simone

In this series of online performances, Harris seeks to weave the spoken word of orators, activists, and teachers with compositional melody, harmony, and rhythm. The intent is to paint a broader and artistic perspective of our humane and inhumane historical choices.

Words and Vibrations “It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live."
- Nina Simone

In this series of online performances, Harris seeks to weave the spoken word of orators, activists, and teachers with compositional melody, harmony, and rhythm. The intent is to paint a broader and artistic perspective of our humane and inhumane historical choices.

The Non Believer's Prayer (December 2020)
A Kevin Harris composition

With the 4th and final installment of 'Words and Vibrations', Harris is presenting his own composition performed virtually with some of his most creative and innovative colleagues.

The title 'Non believer's Prayer' is seemingly contradictory. But we all have moments of doubt, and in those moments, we are unbelievers. This music composition and video is a call to look through the difficulties we may face and still imagine and act upon how we can make things better.

If you find inspiration from this composition, please pass that supportive energy forward.

Watch on YouTube

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From Caterpillars to Butterflies (August 2020)
A Kevin Harris (keys) and Steve Langone (drummer) collaboration

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The 3rd installment of 'Word and Vibrations' combines Harris and Langone's musical composition with statements taken from Dr. Jane Elliott’s classroom exercise “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes” held in 1968.
It is an invitation to evaluate our choices, to be aware, and to intentionally address discrimination.

Watch on YouTube

An innovative memorial of Breonna Taylor (July 2020)
A Kevin Harris (keys) and Jason Palmer (trumpet) collaboration

In reflecting upon the recent cases of injustices, trumpeter Jason Palmer composed a sequence of musical notes that visually spell out Breonna’s name, while pianist Kevin Harris created shapes and harmonies to accompany the sequence of those notes and letters.

Watch on YouTube

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The Gravity of Time (June 2020)
A Kevin Harris (keys) and Steven Langone (drums) collaboration

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This music collaboration stems from the desire to present a short documentation of the time-lapse from the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to the national civil rights injustices of 2020.

It’s an invitation to consider in what ways American citizens' rights to justice and equality have advanced or regressed.

Watch on my YouTube channel.