PORT ANGELES – Chase Bronkar Lee and Aaron Williams for an interview on what they call Collision of Rhythm, and they don’t play like other artists. They’re on tour, so they don’t have time for a phone conversation. A long email answering a journalist’s questions also doesn’t work.
No, as the duo head to Port Angeles for their Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts concert this Sunday, Williams and Lee opted to tape a five-minute conversation and send it to the Peninsula Daily News.
You see, Collision of Rhythm is “multiple instruments – and using them in a fun way to interact with each other on stage and with the audience,” Williams begins.
“We involve the audience to create an engaging experience for them,” adds Lee.
Drums, piano, clapping and clapping, saxophone, flute, woodwinds – Williams has promised these and more will flow freely. The wait has been long for Collision of Rhythm, whose 2020 shows had to be canceled amid the first waves of the pandemic.
Finally, the duo – who call themselves musical soul brothers – are on their way to Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., for their show at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets, available at JFFA.org, range from $ 10 for youth 14 and under to $ 20, $ 30 and $ 40 for reserved spaces in various sections. Tickets will be $ 5 more at the door.
Upon entering the Performing Arts Center, clients 12 years of age and older must present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the past 72 hours as well as photo ID government issued. Children under 12 will be asked about symptoms of COVID and their temperature will be checked, said Kyle LeMaire, executive director of JFFA. All spectators over 2 years old must wear masks inside the performing arts center, he added. These security protocols are detailed on the JFFA website while more information is available by calling the foundation office at 360-457-5411.
In addition to touring the Collision of Rhythm show, the duo gained considerable fame on the Internet. Their viral videos include Williams’ “Mario on Marimba,” which has over 100 million views, and Lee’s “Beatbox Dad,” the music video of him beatboxing with his son. It has exceeded 200 million views.
As for the live concert, in person, “it’s kid-friendly and kid-friendly, but it’s not a ‘kid’ show,” Lee said. “We play such a wide variety of instruments and such a wide variety of styles, from jazz to funk to classical. We always pay tribute and salute the original composers… and multigenerational people attend our concerts.
Whatever your age, Lee and Williams want to help you adjust to your natural rhythm.
“We have a young, cheerful energy,” said Lee, “and we actually have chops,” all in the service of either exposing the young to the wonders of rhythm and melody or reminding the elderly of their inner rhythm.
“No matter where you come from,” he said, this music is meant to help you access the real beat – and “apply it in your everyday life”.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected] news.com.