Paul McCandless and Charged Particles at the Dakota, January 16

He has appeared on stage in duets with pianist Art Lande and recorded the CD Skylight with him for ECM Records. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles, and Stuttgart Symphony Orchestras. He has been a guest musician with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones (appearing on the 2002 album Live at the Quick) and has toured with tabla artist Sandip Burman.   Another recent performance included accompanying vocalist Kevyn Lettau singing her compositions in Los Angeles, and performances in the Los Angeles area with guitarist George Benson’s musical director, keyboardist David Garfield.   The band’s energy level is always high, even when they are cooking at a volume no louder than a whisper, or floating through the melody of a romantic ballad. Performing compositions from his solo recordings,   McCandless is playing this music for the first time in 20 years. Paul McCandless
Still active in classical music, Paul has performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, the St.   Today, he says he’s lucky not to have won those auditions, because a victory would have pulled him into the world of full-time classical performing, and he would have missed out on the rich life he’s had in jazz. The music covers a wide range of genres from swingin jazz and funky fusion to romantic ballads and purely improvised adventures. All of the trio’s music has a distinctly acoustic sensibility, despite their use of both electric and acoustic instruments. The group’s small size allows for sensitivity and spontaneity among the players, making each performance an enchanting improvisational exploration. Charged Particles: Aaron, Murray and Jon
The trio’s repertoire blends jazz with elements of Latin music, funk, classical music, and other genres. The Dakota is located at 1010 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.   The group’s second CD, Sparks, was released in late 2002 on BOPO Records, receiving airplay on nearly 100 radio stations within two weeks of its release, and has gained attention from critics in many American publications and in magazines as far away as England, Denmark, and Japan. “Round Robin,” the opening track, received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement
Over the years, he has released a series of recordings of his own compositions, also leading the bands on All the Mornings Bring (1978, Elektra/Asylum Records), Heresay (1988, Windham Hill Records), Navigator (1981, Landslide Records), and Premonition (1992, Windham Hill Records). Highlights for the band in recent years have been a performance on the main stage of Yoshi’s San Francisco jazz club accompanying French Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le playing his compositions, as well as the performance there with Paul McCandless. Best known for his involvement in the original Paul Winter Consort and the innovative quartet OREGON, McCandless is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who plays soprano, tenor, and sopranino saxophones, oboes, English horn, bass clarinet, penny whistles, and a collection of folk flutes.  
Paul McCandless
Known for soaring lyricism and gorgeous compositions, Paul McCandless has enjoyed a career spanning over four decades and more than 30 recordings. Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today. The event was captured on Hommage a Eberhard Weber (2015, ECM Records).   The group’s one-hour live performance drew wide attention and opened the door to performances at festivals and clubs around the world. Charged Particles   made its public debut on National Public Radio Affiliate WDET’s live performance program, “Detroit Jazz Alive”, originating in Detroit, Michigan. Trained at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic.  
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Charged Particles © Moe Gardere
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Charged Particles   features three of the country’s virtuosos playing jazz while crossing stylistic boundaries and blending diverse traditions to create engaging new sounds.   The CD received airplay on over 200 jazz radio stations nation-wide and was praised by national jazz critics in such outlets as Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Times Magazine, Jazz and Blues Report, Pulse! In 1996, Paul won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and won Grammys in 2007 and 2011 with the Paul Winter Consort for Best New Age Album. Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist. Paul was a featured soloist alongside Pat Metheny and Gary Burton in “The Great Jubilee Concert”, a huge tribute event in Theaterhaus Stuttgart in 2015 celebrating the music and the career of the legendary German bassist Eberhard Weber.   The group’s original compositions are mixtures of complex orchestration and elaborate improvised solos. Magazine, and many more.   Paul’s performance on OREGON’s “1000 Kilometers” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo in 2009. Charged Particles have performed at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Vitello’s in Los Angeles, Café Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, and the historic Lighthouse in Redondo Beach, as well as at the Houston International Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Orange County Arts and Jazz Festival, the Midwest Jazz Heritage Festival, the Trenton Jazz Festival, the King Cobra Jazz Festival, and a tour of Sweden. Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills. More about Paul McCandless at
Reservations for Paul McCandless with Charged Particles highly recommended at 612-332-5299 or Paul McCandless with OREGON
As a collaborator and solo artist, Paul has performed on more than 200 albums and appeared with such renowned all-star musicians as   Pat Metheny,   Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande,   Carla Bley,   Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7, Fred Simon, and many more.   In addition to its own headline performances, the band has opened for national recording artists such as Stanley Jordan, Yanni, and Al DiMeola, and the group has had such international mega-star drummers as Peter Erskine and Dennis Chambers and percussionist Doc Gibbs sit in with them.   A performance by the group was included on the compilation CD,   The Columbus Collection, featuring outstanding jazz artists from Columbus, Ohio, released in 1996. Paul’s compositions have been featured in a number of film scores, most notably, Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production, with Graham Greene as narrator. He also was a guest of Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident multiple times in the late 1990s. After 18 years based in Ohio, Charged Particles   was reborn in California in 2011. Paul also appears on two of Weber’s CDs as a leader.   Each piece they play brims with the fun the players have together and with the admiration they have for each other.   Charged Particles   are a treat to hear! With OREGON, Paul has recorded 28 albums, in addition to 7 with Paul Winter.   The band brings a similar approach to arrangements of covers and traditional jazz standards, each played with a new twist. Of the band, reviewers have said: “An electrifying, push-the-limits performance style… A tight and enormously talented trio” (Jazz Times); “Charged Particles is definitely dazzling” (Jazz and Blues Report); “Fresh, energized contemporary jazz that showcases the trio’s individual technical mastery as well as a cooperative, refined approach to the art form” (Jazz News Magazine); and “Tight interplay was the watchword as the threesome took difficult fusion themes and applied its own twists with spark and personal flair” (Los Angeles Times). Paul McCandless
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Grammy Award winner and world-renowned multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless (Paul Winter Consort, Oregon) joins forces with Bay Area trio Charged Particles on an international tour, arriving at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, January 16 (7 pm). In 1994,   Charged Particles   released its first CD, on Schoolkids Records. The McCandless/Charged Particles project brings new life to McCandless’ repertoire of original compositions from his solo albums, infusing the music with a fresh twist and new energy. Paul McCandless and Charged Particles at Yoshi’s SF
The quartet premiered their collaboration on the main stage at Yoshi’s San Francisco, and have since appeared at Birdland in New York City, Blues Alley in Washington, DC, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival, the Erie Pennsylvania Blues and Jazz Festival, the Deer Head Inn near Philadelphia, and many other venues.   Three of Paul’s orchestral scores are heard on the recording Oregon in Moscow, featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra.