By 651 ARTS on March 05, 2016
In an effort to help our audience know more about the artists 651 ARTS presents, we have developed the 6-5-1 Interview—six questions, five minutes, one artist. This interview spotlights award-winning pianist and composer Kris Bowers.
- What’s your morning routine?
What’s your fondest memory of being a Black child?
- I’m usually up pretty early. When it’s warm out I start with a run. Then, after having a bit of breakfast, I catch up on emails, news, etc. If I’m not on a project with a tight deadline, I don’t start work until I’ve been up for 2 or 3 hours. Even though I work from home, I like for it to feel like I’m “going into the office.”
How do you define Classically Black?
- The fondest memories that come to mind at the moment are my family reunions. My family just celebrated their 100th family reunion (Ebony called us one of the “Coolest Black Families in America” haha!). It was just so incredible to learn about our history, and how we got to where we are today. Like most black families, we are unfortunately only able to trace our lineage as far back as slavery. But, even having that sense of depth and seeing how far the family has come is always incredible. Not to mention that black family reunions are their own special thing.
If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?
- I define “Classically Black” as culturally rich. Everything we’ve created as a community has come from our ability to hold and balance the light with the dark. With music, we have blues, jazz, R&B, (our approach to) gospel music, rap, etc. And all of it beautifully captures the trials and tribulations we’ve faced as a people, while also celebrating life and happiness. It’s always fascinated me.
What’s going to be fly, fresh and fun about being a Black person in 50 years?
- I would visit Aboriginal tribes in Australia. I’ve been to Australia before, and I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many places all over the world. But I’ve always been curious about the background of the Aboriginal people, and the dynamic between them and other Australians; both throughout history and today.
How do you love?
- We’ll always be “fly, fresh and fun.” But what I’m most excited about is the idea that, as humans, we will all be more empathetic towards one another. With the black community, I hope that America can get to be more honest about the FULL history of how we’ve been treated, portrayed, and systemically “kept in our place” for years. That way, others can become truly empathetic to what some of these young men and women in our community are up against. My hope is that we will have done this within that 50 years.
- I love all people. Generously and unconditionally. I honestly feel like I whole-heartedly love everyone I meet, until they give me reason not to.
651 ARTS would like to thank Kris Bowers for answering our six questions that give a better glimpse of the artists we present. Stay tuned for more artist interviews. Keep up with 651 ARTS by following us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the links to the right.