KNKX, Seattle Opera and SIFF are partnering on a screening of the Clint Eastwood film, "Bird" as part of our celebration of Charlie Parker in February. (See below.)
About the film:
A biographical film set during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s that traces the life of jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker—from his Bebop Jazz, to his drug problem and legal difficulties.
Saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker) comes to New York City in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict, but his loving wife Chan (Diane Venora) tries unsuccessfully to help him. This music-driven film was an Academy Award® winner for Best Sound.
Pre-show panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. moderated by KNKX's Jim Wilke with panelists, saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman; and saxophonist and singer Stuart McDonald.
KNKX is a community partner in support of Seattle Opera's production of "Charlie Parker's Yardbird", February 22-March 7 at McCaw Hall.
Synopsis: While the body of tormented bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to the 1940s–50s heyday of Birdland, the jazz club named after him. As he struggles to complete his final masterpiece, the legendary saxophonist revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius.
“The whole opera is about the dream of Charlie Parker to bridge these two worlds (of classical and jazz music), something that was historically true,” writes composer Daniel Schnyder, who is also a saxophonist and regularly melds jazz and classical idioms in his work. His dreamlike score for 7 voices and 24-piece classical orchestra showcases the unexpected pairing of a flexible operatic tenor with the fluid, improvisational spirit of bebop: a match made in music heaven.
More information: https://www.seattleopera.org/on-stage/charlie-parkers-yardbird/
On February 11 at 7 p.m., join KNKX's Abe Beeson for an opera talk - "A Bird's Eye View: Telling the Story of Charlie Parker Through Opera" at the Opera Center. RSVP here: https://www.seattleopera.org/classes-camps-clubs/for-adults/opera-talks/
KNKX and Seattle Opera are also partnering with the Royal Room on a celebration of Charlie Parker's music on February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
188 Sullivan: Charlie Parker's New York in the 50's with the D'Vonne Lewis Quartet playing the music of Charlie Parker followed by 188 Sullivan (Varese meets Bird) performed by the Seattle Modern Orchestra led by Wayne Horvitz.