The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop will be holding another free clinic/concert this Wednesday, October 30, featuring self-described "composer, truck driver, cult leader" Chris Schlarb and his band, Psychic Temple. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Le Corusse Rouge on White Lane in Bakersfield and is open to all ages.
The Long Beach, California based musician, composer, and producer is familiar to a growing fan base mostly for free-form jazz, electronic music, and experimental rock projects. His latest album, Psychic Temple II, ventures into the pop world as well with interpretations of Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, and Joe Jackson tunes.
A favorite of music critics, his work has earned rave reviews from Spin Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. The New York Observer described his debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, as “40 minutes of avant-garde bliss.” NPR selected his followup album, Interoceans, with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, as one of the Top 5 Jazz albums of the year in 2008.
He has collaborated with several outstanding musicians in his various projects, including Bakersfield's own Kris Tiner, as well as John Clement Wood (The Black Keys), Mick Rossi (The Philip Glass Ensemble), Steuart Liebig (who has appeared in Bakersfield several times himself), and many other notables.
Samples of Chris Schlarb's music and a full discography may be found here.