June 13, 2008
Center for the Arts
Artist Website: SpyroGyra.Com
The entity known as Spyro Gyra is a marathon runner in the arena of contemporary jazz. For more than three decades, moving across a musical landscape marked by increasingly challenging terrain and accelerated change, they have maintained the well-deserved reputation as a viable and highly versatile creative force. Since their earliest recordings in the mid 1970s, they have maintained a fresh approach to their craft by borrowing from a range of sources and distilling them into an unmistakable signature sound.
This innovative and eclectic sensibility has earned the band nine GRAMMY nominations overall, and has fueled the sale of 11 million records - Including one platinum and two gold records. In the midst of the achievements and accolades, Spyro Gyra keeps moving, having logged over 5,000 high-energy performances in their prestigious and prolific career.
Since their earliest recordings and gigs in the mid-1970s, Spyro Gyra has always been about looking ahead and not backward. "We've always had this belief that the thing we're doing in any given moment is the best we've ever done," says Beckenstein. "And we always want to maintain that philosophy, because that's what drives us forward. We haven't succumbed to the mentality of 'Let's just play the hits and collect the check.' We never saw ourselves as a pop band. We've always seen ourselves as a forward thinking creative outfit. After 30 years, it's still very interesting and exciting."
Tickets: $35, Seniors $30, Students with ID or Children under 14 $17
Show Starts at 8:00pm. Wine, Beer and Desserts at 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased online at www.center4art.org, by calling toll free (877)749-ARTS(2787), or at the door. (Advance tickets suggested)