An Evening of Spontaneously Improvised Music
College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Recital Hall
Admission: $5 (Suggested Donation)
Kris Hartung - Guitar and laptop
Brent Jensen - Saxophone
Jared Hallock - Percussion
1986-87, Brent Jensen studied in New York City with jazz legend
Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He
was a featured winner of the "Woodwinds on Fire" international
talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent
has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene
Harris, Bobby Shew, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Gary
Foster, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarbera, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon,
Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers, John Stowell, Matt Jorgensen, Thomas
Marriott, Jeff Baker, Kristin Korb, Jamie Findlay, Duck Baker, Dianne
Schuur and many others.
recording, "The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond"
on Origin Records, charted at the number 1 position on jazz radio
stations across the country. "Dry Martini" was also featured
on JazzWeek's Top 100 and NPR's JazzWorks' Top 25 lists for the
year 2002. "Stay Cool", Brent's second release on Origin
made Jim Wilke's (host of "Jazz After Hours") "Favorite
Jazz CDs of 2002" list. His fifth release on Origin is "One
More Mile" featuring Seattle musicians Bill Anschell (piano),
Jeff Johnson (bass) and John Bishop (drums). That disc was named
one of Jim Wilke's (host of "Jazz After Hours") "Favorite
Jazz CDs of 2007" and made Tom Hull's (writer for "Village
Voice" magazine) "Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2007" list.
Brent's duo recording ("We Couldn't Agree More") on Origin
with Seattle pianist Bill Anschell was selected as a 2009 "Critic's
Choice" by "Jazziz" magazine and as one of the "Best
Northwest Jazz CDs of 2009" by Jim Wilke (host of "Jazz
most recent release is "Motives" (Origin) with the jazz
quartet "Wellstone Conspiracy". Brent's recordings are
available on iTunes and at all the major online music outlets (Amazon,
Borders, etc.) and at the Origin Records website (www.originarts.com).
Brent Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Music at the College of
Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
and artistic director of the Boise Creative and Improvised Music
Festival, Krispen Hartung has been actively involved in the Boise
music scene for over 20 years. His contributions include creating
new ways for musicians to communicate and collaborate with each
other, such as Boise's first musicians web registry (1998), Boise
Musicians Internet discussion group, and now in its fifth year,
the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival. Krispen's efforts
have primarily revolved around raising awareness and appreciation
of avant-garde and creative music in Boise, Idaho.
Hartung's 30-year musical background is an experimental and continuously
evolving road trip marked by many excursions and detours - from
flute, classical guitar, progressive rock, and world-beat, to fusion,
traditional jazz, and free improvisation. During the last year,
Krispen has been recording and performing primarily free improvisational
jazz, focusing on the unique tonal characters of the guitar. He
has produced 15 CD projects, including his most recent live improvisational
project "On the Fringe" with Robert Sterling (percussion).
years as a performer and composer have led him down many roads,
beginning with studies in Percussion Performance at the University
of Idaho where he graduated in 2000.
shared the stage with countless performing artists, from local dance
troupes to internationally renowned musicians. Hes performed
in a wide range of musical genres from jazz combos, & funk bands,
to orchestras & avante garde installations.
work as a composer includes movie scores, dance compositions &
2010, he was commissioned by the City of Boise to create a public
performance arts collaboration, Unity in Diversity, centered on
his original compositions.