Boundless Spontaneity: Jazz Responses to Figurative Traditions

Free with Museum admission.

Commissioned as a musical component of the exhibition Our whole, unruly selves, this special 4-part series explores the rule-breaking and liberating potential of jazz. San Jose Jazz presents in-gallery musical performances on the second Sunday of each month, March–June 2022, 2–4pm. Each features different musicians representing San José's diverse communities.

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Featuring Mild Monk



Mild Monk is the brainchild of Henry Stein, a San José-based Asian American songwriter and producer. After picking up a guitar in 2016, Henry started writing songs on his phone by experimenting with a variety of musical inspirations. His music ranges from alternative pop and indie rock to lo-fi and instrumental hip-hop. After releasing his debut album Love (2018), Henry moved to San José and released records including Orbit (2018) and Sunsmile (2020) featuring a talented crew of Bay Area friends. Whether it be creating a lush sonic landscape with swirling instrumentals or telling a story through lyrics, Stein has created a universe within Mild Monk that is constantly expanding and rediscovering itself.