Kevin Robinson Ensemble
Formed in 2003, The Kevin
Robinson Ensemble is lead by Baltimore saxophonist, Kevin
Robinson. The ensemble has challenged itself to explore the "art
of conversation" through combining group improvisation, original
compositions and rearranged jazz standards. The group has been
blessed to collaborate with visual
artist Chris Taylor and David
Cunningham along with several poets and spoken word artists.
The mission of the ensemble is
to create music that will be introspective to the respective
individual members and will stimulate thought and conjure
diverse emotions reflecting "this thing called life".
This collection of
free-thinking, innovative musicians and spirits is comprised of
various musical backgrounds. Musical styles steeped in
straight-ahead, be-bop, gospel, funk, free-jazz, neo-soul, the
blues, classical, and rhythm and blues are all accounted for
when you mention this compilation of artist. Stone Mountain,
GA, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL,
Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Baltimore, MD are all
represented in this unit. Peabody Conservatory, Morgan State
University, Johns Hopkins University, SUNY College at Buffalo,
Howard University, Berklee Institute of Music and the “University
of the Streets” all have had a hand in developing the
creative direction of The Kevin Robinson Ensemble.
This talented unit has been
blessed to perform throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area at
various venues to include
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History &
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, New
Haven Lounge, Twins Jazz, and Artscape 2005.
has recently recorded their first CD. The project, A Journey
in Freedom: The GOD Factor has been featured on 88.9 FM
WEAA, Morgan State University- the "Magic Bird Show" hosted by
Lasana Bill Harvey.
The Kevin Robinson Ensemble, featuring Vocalist Kim Walker
Who is the Kevin Robinson Ensemble?
A collective of daring, creative
young men and women who have been challenged to create music in
a language that surpasses words.
Their mission is to decompose all
we know about sound, dimension and existence and reinvent it all
into an untold array of marvelous things starting at the tip of
your ears, then resonating on through your soul.
"Our compositions provide us a
forum for musical discussions,"
Mr. Robinson explained.
"We take a member's basic idea and converse through a journey of
introspection and sincere _expression."
Even their refreshing approach to a
Rogers and Hammerstein ballad shape shifts into something
haunting, cool and blue.
On their first studio release, the
Kevin Robinson Ensemble has succeeded in transferring the
spirited magic of its live performances to disc -- a feat not so
easily accomplished, even by seasoned musicians.
This is a talent for now and toward
the future; an exciting blend of sage and tradition with a trap
door to the unexpected and the spontaneous. What a wonderful
contribution to Baltimore's lively performance culture.
Lasana Bill Harvey
88.9 WEAA-FM, Morgan State