Redshift presents a mixture of jazz standards and original music that invites the audience to relax to the smooth sounds or to explore the musical depth that the music offers. Dave Bristow (piano), Kurt Bischoff (drums), Neil Conaty (bass) and Kurt Festinger (sax) all share a lifetime of professional musical experiences and the bands’ performance reflects this, ranging through a variety of styles including original material, swing, latin, blues, ballad and fusion. The music has a polished and integrated ensemble sound, with each player contributing genuinely interesting musical content. The quartet is available for bookings in the Bainbridge Island/Seattle/Kitsap/Jefferson area.
Dave Bristow was born in London and began to study music on the piano at an early age, and after graduating from university has worked as a professional keyboard player, sound designer, electronic music consultant and music teacher ever since. He has an international reputation as a key contributor voicing the well-known Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. Dave moved to the United States with his family in 1995, and directed and developed a non-profit community music school for four years on Bainbridge Island.
Kurt Bischoff studied composition and experimental music at UC Davis with Stan Lunetta, Larry Austin and John Cage. He built and managed a recording studio in Sacramento, CA and performed with the Camelia Symphony and The Sacramento Symphony until moving to the Northwest, where he played with the Richard Thompson/Harry Holbert Quartet. He has taken his drums with him on two long sailing trips (once to Central America and again to the South Pacific and Australia) using his musical abilities to both interface with and learn from local indigenous people.
Neil Conaty grew up in New York City, playing in several New York orchestras, most notably under Pierre Boulez at Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center. He also performed with Ella Fitzgerald and the Elmira Symphony Orchestra. Branching out into bluegrass and folk music, he performed with many of the leading players in New York including Marty Cutler and Charged Particles whose tour of France took them to the Toulouse Bluegrass Festival. As his interests turned to jazz he had the opportunity to study guitar with David Torn, Chuck Wayne and Pat Martino and bass with Michael Moore and Fred Hopkins.