Wyoming Arts Council

Andy Calder plays music inspired by fine art

If you’re up in Jackson next week, drop into the National Museum of Wildlife Art for this event (thanks to the museum’s Zeenie Scholz for the info):

For the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s upcoming “Art After Hours,” Jackson Hole electric bassist, Andy Calder, is facing a challenge: write a piece, or multiple pieces, of original music inspired by the Museum’s collection of fine art. Calder will perform his original music inspired by American painters, such as William Merritt Chase and Alexander Pope, during the “Art After Hours” program on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the museum’s JKM Gallery.

Andy Calder is an accomplished professional musician who since the early 1990s has been performing and recording with scores of different artists including Rick Danko (The Band), legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, The Motet, DJ Logic, Ray White (Frank Zappa), Grammy-nominated acid-jazz ensemble Liquid Soul, and others.

Calder moved to Jackson Hole in 1992 and quickly established himself regionally as a talented and adaptable bassist. Local stalwarts that have relied on Calder’s groove include the Soul Impressions, One Ton Pig, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Funk Missile, Phil Round, Fat Albert, Bob Greenspan, Mandatory Air, Isaac Hayden, and more.

In 2007, Calder began to tour with several improvisational/performance art ensembles, searching for an outlet for feelings and emotions that seemed to be impossible to verbalize. The most successful of these bands, Banyan, is led by Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins. The lineup is deliberately fluid, but the two tours Calder did in 2008 placed him on stage with Perkins, guitarist Brian Jordan (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lauryn Hill), trumpet ace Willie Waldman (Snoop Dogg) and acclaimed cutting-edge painter Norton Wisdom. Wisdom actually creates artwork onstage as the band performs, functioning as a member of the improvisational group.

Currently, Andy Calder’s artistic focus is on solo material. The music reflects his impressions of life, love, death, family, friends, the tragic state of the world, hope, and the beauty of the place he calls home. Songs travel through the spectrum of emotions, from fear and frustration to optimism and hope. Calder uses fretted and fretless electric basses along with numerous electronic devices to create his messages. The music has an original sound, but contains strong elements of rock, jazz, and bluegrass.

Please join us at the National Museum of Wildlife Art for an inspiring evening.

FMI: Zeenie Scholz at zscholz@wildlifeart.org or 307-732-5437

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