Miles Davis, an icon of American music, had remained a vital artist throughout his career due to his ability to incorporate new, exciting sounds and styles in his jazz recordings. It is in this spirit that David Pray introduces Aqua Viva’s first studio CD release: Eleven original songs and one fresh arrangement of a beloved classic. There are instrumental as well vocal tracks by David and sultry young singer Jennifer Ford. European in flavor, the songs are diverse in style and influence; a reflection of Pray’s extensive world travels.
On Friday, September 14th at 7pm Aqua Viva will perform a CD release concert at the Cameron Art Museum. CD’s will be available for sale that night. Joining David and Jennifer are the musicians who performed on the recording: Kevin Kolb - keys, local sax legend Leroy Harper Jr., and Rich Zimmerman - sax. Venezuelan percussionist Will Chacon will also perform.
Bryan Sandala of The Currents named David Pray one the top entertainers to ring in the 2007 New Year . He wrote, ”(David’s band is) well regarded for their singular brand of jazzy pop…”
And entertain they will…dance companies Forward Motion and Glory Academy of Fine Arts will perform original choreography during the concert. Fine art photographer Matthew Dols (creativewilmington.com), textile/batik artist Kristin Gibson, graphic designer Todd Dengler (Yonder Shore Studio - Aqua Viva logo and CD artwork), painters David Hervey, Natali Beightley and James Davis are contributing high resolution photos of the their work to be projected onto the Cameron Art Museum’s 22 foot screen as backdrops for Aqua Viva.
David states: “When I was in college in Santa Barbara, California artists from all disciplines would come together to put on events. I’m thrilled to find that spirit here in Wilmington. The CD release concert will be memorable and certainly a Fete Artistique.”