When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight May 4th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Artist Pamela Compton!
Pamela Compton has always enjoyed a creative life. Her one-of-a-kind batik wear, an art she learned while traveling through Indonesia, was shown in San Francisco. On Hawaii’s Big Island, she built her own home and gardens. Pamela then opened The Grateful Bread bakery in Bisbee, Arizona. A few years later, she moved to New York and sold hand painted T-shirts and ties at the MET. While enjoying these creative outlets, it wasn’t until she visited a friend in Italy, that she fell in love with the artistic expression of painting. Upon her return, she elected to spend time in New Orleans.
Inspired by the city’s bold palettes and music, Pamela’s paintings convey the deep heritage, history, and beauty of life, while eliciting genuine emotional reflection. Influenced by years of working with people with developmental disabilities and observing the joyful uninhibited way in which they experienced life, she sought to express herself with a similar freedom and enthusiasm while painting. She paints what she feels, not what she sees, resulting in big, bold artwork filled with passion, often flowing off the canvas. It’s a whole body approach.
Pamela’s art could best be described as Expressionistic Realism. It is important for her to represent the subject matter truthfully. While doing so she presents the world from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically resulting in an emotional effect that evokes moods or ideas. She seeks to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.
A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association.
music by Loose Association
Loose Association draws on original compositions by band leader Brian Mullins that he describes as new vintage jazz. The vintage element originates from multiple sources of inspiration. Brian and band members have a deep appreciation of the jazz standards and the composers who use chord progressions, overprinted by expressive melodies that can transport musicians and listeners to another place and time. Another source of the vintage vibe comes from the band instrumentation- tenor guitar, piano or accordion, and the ‘mystery horn’, a 1920’s vintage C-melody saxophone, the type played on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. The “new” in vintage is partly from the world influences from Brian traveling and performing in Europe, Vietnam, Central America, and the U.S. This experience is woven into each composition either deliberately or unintentionally to create a fresh, new-jazz, world music sound.
Many in the band are multi-instrumentalists and have acquired their chops in other trad-jazz, Celtic, prog-rock, Latin, acoustic, and classical groups.
Whether performing original tunes or jazz standards, one thing is certain when hearing and seeing Loose Association perform, it will be dynamic. Brian Mullins (tenor guitar and vocals), Doug Yager (tenor and C-melody saxophones), Dave Willey (piano and accordion), Mike Fitzmaurice (upright bass and vocals).