Artfully Miles/Thara Memory & Miles Davis
Pencil, 17" x 20"
Artist Comment: "This pencil drawing features jazz icon Thara Memory, who was honored by the Portland Jazz Festival as their 2012 Portland Jazz Master. The artwork also includes Thara’s inspiration, Miles Davis. Thara’s concert, titled "Artfully Miles" pays musical homage to Miles Davis and Gil Evans, and included compositions and arrangements from “Porgy and Bess” and “Sketches of Spain”. In Thara’s words: “I’m calling the project ‘Artfully Miles’ because I want the musicians to get down to the soul of the music and give that passion away to the audience. I met Miles once but he never taught me straight on. Yet his teaching was so prevalent, for four or five decades he constantly changed the music. I hope by doing this program, I can pick up where Miles left off and I can continue going with that torch and making sure it stays lit.” For information about Thara Memory, visit his website.