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Evan Flory-Barnes in Concert

Seattle composer, bassist and singer, Evan Flory-Barnes, brings his new project titled “The Cataclysm as Crucible and Catalyst for The Culmination of Creativity=C to the 5th (C5)” to BIMA for a night of original music featuring bass, voice, drums, keys, a string quartet and harp.

Evan explains, “Over the past several years, I have been in the midst of deep change, personal and artistic reinvention. This project is the culmination of creating work in response to and inspired by a social cataclysm, a crucible, a catalyst for change in my life; an unapologetic expression of my art, music and self. RIGHT NOW.”


Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes is a Seattle native who has been composing and performing music since he attended Garfield High School. He was a member of the award winning symphony orchestra at Garfield while writing music for the hip-hop group Maroon Colony. He is purposeful in his resolve to use his music to remove the barriers imposed on music, musicians and society–no genres. His vision is to create music that reflects beauty; stirs the emotions; and, enlightens the soul.

Evan-s work spans the depth and breadth of the musical spectrum. His unique, creative and expert skills in his art are a natural gift and talent inherited from both sides of his family. He has been blessed to have benefitted from training and wisdom from his mentors and teachers: Marcus Tsutakawa, Barry Liebermann, Doug Miller, Marc Seales, John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Ray Brown, Francois Rabbath, John Patitucci, Jovino Santos Neto,and Hadley. Caliman. Performance and composition highlights include:

– 2008 Meet the Composer commission to write orchestral work: “An Acknowledgement of a Celebration: Inheritance, Authenticity and Healing” (AOC)
– 2009 Composer residency at UCROSS Foundation in Wyoming
– 2010 Earshot Jazz, “Golden Ear Award”: AOC wins Concert of the year.
– 2010 LUCID’s, AOC wins “Most Dynamic Concert and Composition of the Year Award”

Evans’s own bands and orchestra: Threat of Beauty, Industrial Revelation, The Teaching, Rubato Hug, Thrown Together With Love. Evan’s transcendence of genres and musical limits has allowed him to collaborate with all of these groups on compositions that augment their musical styles. His peerless performances represent his talent as a composer and artist.

Evan has performed regularly with: Meklit Hadero, the Marc Seales Quintet, Jovino Santos Neto, Correo Aereo, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Jason Parker Quartet, and Choklate.

Evan Flory-Barnes has performed across the U.S., Canada, in Europe and Africa.


Mar 21, 2020


Frank Buxton Auditorium



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