Abstract Art Creative Music Experience

Monica Shriver’s Abstract Art Creative Music Experience is a unique event that is half art show, half experimental jazz concert, both created by Monica.  Stimulate your senses with colorful abstract art pieces on canvas, wood, and other found objects while listening to improvised and experimental jazz, much of it inspired by the art itself – it’s a multi-sensory experience!

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Abstract Art Creative Music is fully mobile and is flexible enough to work with any space. Jazz ensemble can vary in size from 2-5 musicians.


     Monica Shriver began formally studying oil painting with Maribelle Leavenworth at the age of 9, one of the few non-adults allowed in the studio at the time. Monica quickly excelled at landscapes, and many of her paintings can be found in homes in the Sedona area 30 years later. At age 27, after establishing a career in music, Monica returned to painting, this time using acrylics instead of oil and abandoning landscapes for patterns, shapes and the abstract. Using wooden boxes and found objects as her surfaces of choice, she began learning about how to use acrylics. For the last few years, Monica has been exploring the connection and relationship between her abstract art and her jazz compositions and improvisation. 

     Monica Shriver is a musician, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. – www.monicashriver.com . She has a diverse and creative professional career performing in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. Monica is the leader of Doublers Collective, a doubling saxophone quintet with rhythm section, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project which performs jazz standards and originals, and Be Free, an experimental jazz ensemble that performs original and spontaneously created pieces with her mentor Stan Smith, a guitarist from Columbus, OH. Monica is an active and sought-after jazz improvisation teacher, adjudicator and clinician for all instruments and ages, presenting clinics at schools, jazz festivals, state and national conferences. She co-founded the Brave Musician, which teaches important non-music skills to performers. She is the saxophone professor and adjunct faculty at Phoenix College.


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