Center Stage Series: The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus to perform at Luther College April 7
Known for their original compositions, deconstruction of songs from the rock and R&B world, and, recently, their unique interpretation of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the jazz trio known as the Bad Plus will bring their innovative music to Luther College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Tickets for the performance, which takes place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus, can be purchased from Luther's Ticket Office, online at or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and older and $15 for youth.

The Bad Plus began making music at the end of the 20th century, releasing their first self-titled album in 2001. Since then, the group has won critical acclaim and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The trio, based in New York City, has broken rules and boundaries from the beginning, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

Comprised of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King, the Bad Plus has retained their line up during their 17 years as a musical outfit. The three have known each other since their teen years growing up in the Midwest, but spent formative years in their twenties apart; King as a Los Angeles session player, Iverson as the musical director for the Mark Morris Dance Group and Anderson as a prominent up-and-coming player in the New York jazz scene. The three formed the Bad Plus after reuniting to play a weekend gig in Minneapolis, where their chemistry as an ensemble was undeniable.

Aside from their interpretation of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," their last four albums focused almost exclusively on original compositions. Their 2016 release, "It’s Hard," however, marked the group's return to their roots and the first thing that cemented their place as a musical fixture in the new music scene: their unique interpretation of songs from the pop, rock and R&B worlds.

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