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Pianist-composer Kris Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist/2018 Rising Star Artist in Downbeat magazine and dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” To date, Davis has released twelve recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and Jazz Times best albums of 2016. Davis works as a collaborator and side person with artists such as John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Julian Lage, Mary Halvorson and Tom Rainey. Davis received a Doris Duke Impact award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from The Shifting FoundationThe Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.  She is the Associate Program Director of Creative Development for the Insitute Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music.

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“This music is governed by a fierce joint intelligence from start to finish”

- JazzTimes

“Ms. Davis and Mr. Taborn...are elevating jazz beyond the limiting continuum of accessibility and abstraction...It’s music that is defining its own terms rather than shoehorning itself into categories like tradition and avant garde.”

- Wall Street Journal

"Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis."

Nate Chinen - NY Times

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