Considered by many as one of the best kalimba players alive today, Kevin Spears gift on electric kalimba/sanza has astounded audiences around the world. He is a world-class performer of exceptional virtuosity and creativity who balances the ethereal acoustic sound of kalimba while advancing sonic possibilities of this exotic musical instrument through the use of modern electronics. Spears' performs internationally including a recent tour of Japan and was recently featured in the international music magazine/radio program "AfroPop Worldwide". Also Spears' has teamed up with Grammy winning percussionist Count M'Butu of the Derek Trucks Band to form a dynamic world fusion duo called Rhythm Nomadic. In addition to being an Inventor and Mixed Media Artist, Spears' has worked with and/or opened for artists such as: India.Arie, Arrested Development, Victor Wooten, Eric Benet, Col. Bruce Hampton, Toubab Krewe, De La Soul/POS, Tony Royster Jr, Bill Summers (of Herbie Hancock band), Vinx, Mamadou Doumbia (of Salif Keita band), Rick Walker, Epizo Bangoura, Jhelisa Anderson, Moziak (Fela Kuti), Lil John Roberts and Divinity (Beyonce).
A space music artist with over 30 recordings, music scores for films, and planetarium shows, like "Nine Planets and Counting", also the soundtrack to an SL science exhibit on "Nanotubes", and most recently video games. His internationally recognized live space music group, Spacecraft, has music for films including Paramount's "Vanilla Sky". He has performed live concerts in planetariums, museums, galleries and festivals around the US.
A pioneer of live space and ambient music, he has performed over 1500 concerts of his unique music on the virtual world grid in the past 7 years.
The name says it all. Sometimes the Zen of the moment takes the sound into exciting directions, but order and structure can break down as entropy ensues. Such is the nature of improvised music, and such is the nature of Zentropy....
Atlanta-based Zentropy is keyboardist Allen Welty-Green, bassist Kevin Andrews, & drummer James Dunn - sometimes as a trio and sometimes with various guests and collaborators. Together they create spontaneous music out of little more than their collective vision and talents. It's improvised but is it jazz? It's spacey but is it jam? It grooves, but is it funk? You'll have to listen for yourself and decide.