921 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Bassist Michael Bowie has traveled the globe with jazz and R&B stars such as Betty Carter, Michel Camilo, Isaac Hayes and Angie Stone. But the D.C. native is just starting to exhibit his awesome skills as a composer and bandleader. Sine Qua Non is an unorthodox combo that he assembled in 2012; it works as a sandbox for Bowie’s wide-ranging creativity. In this group, ideas from Western classical run together with small-group jazz from the 1960s, ’80s pop, calypso and much more. Bowie is particularly enamored with Spanish classical guitar music, but there’s no guitarist in this band: To find the connection, you’ll have to listen for the minor-key tinge of Sine Qua Non’s music, or the group’s way of turning elegant filigree into substance. The quartet features Victor Provost on steel pan, Lyle Link on saxophones and flute, and Mark Prince on drums—an all-star lineup of D.C. musicians that gives Bowie’s kaleidoscope compositions an energetic lift. This show is part of CapitalBop’s Hot 5 @ Hill Center series. It will begin with a 15-minute artist Q&A.