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Kimmel Center announces jazz residency artists for 2015-16

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November 22, 2015 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Shamika Byrd

New work by Korey Riker and a collaboration between Kendrah Butler and Shamika Byrd will both premiere June 2016



The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2015–16 Season Jazz Residency Artists; individuals whose involvement in this prestigious program will result in  World Premieres in June 2016 at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio. An esteemed panel of jazz experts reviewed 25 project applications and selected the following artists for this season’s residency: Kendrah Butler, composer and musician, and collaborating vocalist Shamika Byrd will present a project that will acknowledge the presence of Jazz and Faith of the African American experience, and Korey Riker, composer and producer, will write a collection of Jazz songs inspired by the Drum and Bass genre of EDM.

Kendrah Butler

Kendrah Butler

“The Jazz Residency program demonstrates our commitment to nurturing jazz in our community and positioning Philadelphia as a hub for the continued revitalization of this timeless genre,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “We are cultivating emerging pioneers in jazz by providing the time, resources and encouragement necessary to succeed.”

The distinguished panel of jazz experts who gathered in Philadelphia to help choose the residency artists included Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; Todd Stoll, Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City; Eric Gould, Chair of Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music in Boston; Aaron Flagg, Chair & Associate Director of Juilliard Jazz in New York City; and Jay Wahl, Artistic Director of the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Audience members will have the opportunity to observe the composition process for these works from public workshops and performances of the works while in progress, to their World Premieres in June 2016.


The public workshops and work-in-progress performances are free ticketed events, and tickets for the World Premiere performances are $15. More information about tickets is available at

The schedule of performances is as follows:

Public Workshops – Free tickets available

SEI Innovation Studio

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – Korey Riker

Friday, March 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – Kendrah Butler & Shamika Byrd

Work-in-Progress Performances – Free tickets available

SEI Innovation Studio

Monday, May 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – Korey Riker

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – Kendrah Butler & Shamika Byrd

World Premiere Performances – Tickets available for $15

SEI Innovation Studio

Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – Korey Riker World Premiere

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – Kendrah Butler & Shamika Byrd World Premiere

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