SINÉ QUA NON (US)

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Sine Qua Non is a Washington, D.C.-based quintet, rooted in American jazz but propelled by a European classical approach to composition and performance. It also incorporates elements of African, Caribbean and Latin musical traditions—“It’s really a true world music,” in the words of its founder, composer and bassist Michael Bowie.

As a group, Sine Qua Non’s artistic task is to work with compositions that are built on melody, interplay and, especially, dynamics—what Bowie calls “the shape of the music.”

The shape in Bowie’s music also extends to compositional structure. He doesn’t write in the typical blues and song forms—or indeed in any conventional form. “But I don’t purposely set out to write something that’s not conventional,” he says. “Nor do I purposely set out to write stuff that is purposely complicated. I just let the melody dictate what the form is going to be. I want it to be very melody-rich. And
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World Fusion 2013

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