Charlie offered some background on his music career and the story behind his Eric Stokes Contest winning song:
My first original compositions were songs for my rock band in middle school. Early in high school, I began writing instrumental music. I continued writing and began performing this music later in high school. I currently lead the Charlie Lincoln Group, composed of five of my musical peers and myself, which plays my original compositions and arrangements. I am also one half of the electronic duo Yardang. My greatest musical influences include Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Lou Reed, Tom Verlaine, John Lurie, the Minutemen, Radiohead, and Dave King.
Cassini Division [the contest-winning piece] is the first arranged piece I wrote for my jazz group. The piece’s use of repetition and spaces is inspired by the rings of Saturn. The title refers to the 3,000-mile wide region between the main sections of Saturn’s rings, named after Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini. It was originally written for jazz quintet.
Playing it Close to Home
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
March 15, 2 p.m.
Nazareth Chapel at University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Ave. North, St. Paul
$10 Friday and Sunday
free Sunday for UNSP students
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Abbie Betinis, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes the world premiere of Betinis’s new work commissioned by Zeitgeist plus Nattsanger, her award-winning song cycle featuring guest soprano Alyssa Anderson.
*Saturday’s performance includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a post-concert reception with Abbie Betinis.