Review of Bria Skonberg at KNKX Studios

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Wednesday October 03, 2018


Bria Skonberg Returns To The KNKX Studios
By: Paige Hansen

Bria Skonberg and her quartet treated KNKX to a wonderful studio performance filled with original tunes back in September. The group featured Mathis Picard on piano, Devin Starks bass and Darrian Douglas on drums.

The group began with an original song called ‘Time to Go,’ which Skonberg said felt fitting since she’s been traveling and touring and always feels on the go as she moves from place to place. It was a fun lively piece.

For the second song, Skonberg performed a mashup that she had just recently put together. It was a chill-inducing blend of Louis Jordan and Duke Ellington’s ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ and the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird.’

The session ended with another original tune called ‘Villain Vanguard.’ It was a densely layered piece with a dark experimental jazz sensibility. Skonberg said it was a protest song with the idea of persistence in the face of current social and political challenges. It is a taste of what to expect from Skonberg’s upcoming release which is will be recorded and produced this fall.

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