Chet Doxas New Album, Rich in Symbols, Out September 1st in Canada and September 8th in the US –

An Exploration of NYC Art World 1975-1985,
Doxas Would Compose Pieces In Front of
Works by Mapplethorpe, Basquiat, Haring

Featuring All-Star Cast of NYC Musicians –
Matthew Stevens (guitar), Zack Doob (drums) and special guests, John Escreet on piano, multi-award winning trumpeter, Dave Douglas
and guitarist Dave Nugent

Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas releases new album inspired by NYC visual artists of the 1980s: Rich in Symbols represents the culmination of years of experience in the intensely varied and dynamic career of saxophonist and composer, Chet Doxas. Based on his love of the visual arts, Rich in Symbols is inspired by the art movement of New York City’s Lower East Side between the years 1975-85.

The music that Doxas has composed for this recording and live show was written by ear while standing in front of his favorite paintings in various museums throughout New York City. During the live performance the paintings are projected in HD behind the ensemble as the band performs the corresponding “soundtrack.”

Some of the artists that are featured are J-M Basquiat, Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy and Robert Mapplethorpe. Think of it as “Pictures at an Exhibition”, gone 80s.

For his latest recording, Chet Doxas has gathered together several of the most acclaimed musicians in modern music today including, Matthew Stevens (guitar), Zack Doob (drums) and special guests, John Escreet on piano, multi-award winning trumpeter, Dave Douglas and guitarist, Dave Nugent to lend his definitive sound to several of the album’s songs. Produced by Liam O’Neil (Kings of Leon, Metric, Broken Social Scene), Rich in Symbols keeps its feet planted firmly in the worlds of rock, jazz, improvised music and cinematic soundscapes.

Rich in Symbols is an album that presents an artist with an original vision and a fully formed voice. It is a statement that credits the listener by putting them in the here and now of instrumental music by asking them the question: “What do paintings sound like?”


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