Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is the brainchild of young musical visionary, Richard Trotman and was formed in June of ’08. Kb is an extension of the jazz/fusion semi-cover band, Acoustic Red (aR) and was created out of a need for Trotman to exercise his musical freedom and break away from the constraints and limitations of solely instrumental music. As a creative artistic collective, Kb plays original, stylized fusion music with influences from jazz, blues, neo-soul, hip hop, trip hop, electronica, & acid jazz. Kb is a band that expresses and encompasses the theoretical, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of music, while staying true to its form. Conceptually, Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is just like any other band. There is a lead vocalist, a keyboardist, bassist, and drummer that makes up its core. However, when you peel back the layers, you find a mix of complex artist(s) who are thoughtful and intentional about the ways in which they create and think about music. Imagine, one unified machine on the outside and when you pry the machine open, you see an abundance of knobs, wires, cords, sockets, and gears all controlled by tiny entities that work in harmony to produce the sound that you hear. Kb engineers sound in such a way that propels the social messages (present in the songs) to a place that can be felt and internalized by the audience.
During Kb’s live performances, they work to captivate mesmerize, and enchant the audience. They want to leave them walking away repeating lyrics to songs that fill them with purpose, challenge t
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Comic Books
Using the power of stories as my inspiration I seek to tell them visually with expressive and stylized art. With book illustrations, comics, and story boards I bring my stories, and my clients ideas, to life. Through intricate detail, lighting, atmosphere, and the sublties of emotion I capture stories to share.
Mirvia Rivera Eckert
Visual Arts: Painting
After years of working as a graphic designer, during which I used my creativity to distill clients’ ideas and concepts into visually striking imagery, I am fortunate to be at a point in life when I can use that creativity to express ideas of my own. I am a painter. And it is as wonderful and daunting as I had imagined.
There are few things scarier than exposing your work to the world. You pour your heart and soul into a painting and fear what others may think. But it’s that very thing that makes it wonderful, as well.
All of my life finds a way into my paintings: my Puerto Rican heritage, spirituality, love of family and friends, and my fascination with nature. All designs are painted to the outer edges and wrap around the board, making framing unnecessary. My work portrays its subjects as stylized and a bit surreal, with a variety of bold, vibrant colors using crisp lines and shapes, in a style clearly influenced by the earlier years of my career.
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