Redefining Jazz with Knower
>> Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi are Knower. Knower is an experimental pop band from Los Angeles with jazz and alternative influences. This past Sunday they played at Anthology for Rochester’s Jazz Fest. Joined by Sam Wilkes on bass guitar and Rai Thistlethwayte on the keys.
The last time I saw them was about over a year or so ago at the Yards. Back then it was just Louis and Genevieve. They were more experimental and noise influenced with a projector in the background and trippy visuals. This time it was much different! Anthology had chairs set up for the older crowd and an open pit with no barrier, you could walk right up and touch the stage. Louis and Genevieve jumped on stage wearing bright and patterned clothes. Genevieve wearing a white and red glitter top reminding me of a gymnast outfit but paired with poofy yellow zebra printed skirt. Louis matched with white and black zebra printed pants.
The crowd was a mix of older folks, young children, teens, and millennials. It was so beautiful to see one band draw such a wide range of people. Knower was INCREDIBLE! The jazz influence, video game inspired noises, and beautiful melodic notes flowing from Genevieve as she danced around in time with the rhythm was intriguing. I can definitely say I have never heard anything like it before. As I turned around to look at the crowd I saw old and young people alike dancing with huge grins on their faces. The power that these musicians have to make people forget about their problems and live in the moment in complete bliss is a true gift.
The addition of Sam and Rai was perfect. The thumping bass and insane keyboard parts fit in seamlessly, elevating Knower’s performance. Rai, Sam, and Louis all had solos (obviously not at the same time) highlighting their incredible talent and making the crowd scream in delight!
Louis even played a song on his own called, “Bank Account”, and absolutely killed it on the keys. You could tell his hard work and practice paid off. Everyone laughed and screamed the lyrics, “I don’t want to check my bank account.”
At one point Sam Wilkes and Rai Thistlethwayte left the stage leaving Louis and Genevieve to dance around to one of their older songs, “Pizza”. The crowd was singing along and you could easily see how happy both Louis and Genevieve were. This kind of reaction and interaction from an audience is what makes musicians continue to tour and play their songs for others. We can’t wait for them to come back to Rochester, as they did say they loved it here!<<