2019 KC Fringe: Musician displays varied sounds


 Press Release posted by Bob Evans

Multi-Instrumentalist Brings Historic Music

of the Silk Road to Kansas City

 Missouri native Chris Stephens will perform musical instruments from the Middle East, India, and China live at the Loretto Chapel for the KC Fringe Festival

Missouri’s own Chris Stephens, a truly unique musician, is bringing a unique musical experience to curious Kansas City audiences with a series of solo concerts at the biggest arts festival around, the Fringe Festival, as well as the Grand Carnivale at Worlds of Fun and the City Market. Listeners can immerse themselves in traditional music styles from Persia, India, China, Turkey, and Egypt as Chris switches between his collection of ancient stringed instruments.

 Chris will be performing at the Loretto Chapel five times for the Fringe Festival: July 19, 20, and 25 at 9:30 pm and July 21 and 27 at 2 pm.


He’ll also be busking at the City Market July 13th, 14th, 27th, 28th and August 3rd and 4th.

 The Kansas City Fringe Festival is known for it’s unique acts, as evident in their tagline ‘Where Adventerous Audiences meet Adventurous Artists’ and Chris’ concerts are a shining example of that sense of adventure a show can provide. A self-taught musician, Chris plays the Indian Sitar, Arabic Oud, Chinese Pipa, Persian Tar, and Turkish Saz; all members of family of instruments called Lutes – the distant ancestors of the modern guitar.  He has learned each instrument according to their traditional music styles, which span vast distances and times, by himself by listening to recordings of international master musicians. The effect of his music is a sense of travel, surprising connections, and unity within diversity.

 “Chris is immensly talented, dedicated, and knowledgable, its a pleasure to be able to listen to all this music in one sitting. I think he’s a genius!” – Dr. Judith Mabary, Musicology Professor at the University of Missouri.

 These concerts are sure to be an unforgettable experience and a rare treat for the curious and adventurous listeners. Tickets to his Fringe Festival performances “Musical Geography” at the beautiful Loretto Chapel in Midtown-Westport (1111 West 39th Street) can be purchased for $10 online through TicketLeap : https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/musical-geography—an-exploration-of-historic-instruments-from/dates or at the door of the venue. Audiences must have a Fringe Festival button in order to enter! Visit kcfringe.org for more information.

 About the Fringe Festival: A 14-day explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts features performers and creators from all over- local, national and international. Fringe Festival KC is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

 About Chris Stephens: A Missouri Arts Council touring performer, Chris Stephens is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in the historic music of the Silk Road. He provides educational workshops and unique solo concerts in the Midwest featuring his collection of ancient Lutes from the Middle East and Asia.  Learn more atwww.ChrisStephensWorldMusic.com             

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