EPIPHANY [The Bridge #9] – Chicago, Oct. 31 – Nov. 16 2017

EPIPHANY [The Bridge #9]

Mike Ladd – improvised poetry/lyrics, EMS Synthi
Mankwe Ndosi – voice, poetry, story, texture
Sylvain Kassap – clarinets, electronics
Dana Hall – drums, cymbals

Concert dates :

10/30 — IceHouse, Minneapolis, MN
feat. guest Douglas R. Ewart (woodwinds)

11/01 — Doug Fogelson Studio
celebrating Samain

11/02 — Elastic Arts
Improvised Music Series
feat members of Asian Improv aRts 

11/03 — DuSable Museum
concert for the opening of visual artist Fabiola Jean-Louis’
“Rewriting History: Paper Gowns and Photographies”

11/04 — American Indian Center
The Bridge to Native Chicago – part 3

10/05 — Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI
Alternating Currents Music Series

11/06 — Elastic Arts
Anagram Music Series
Set 1: Mike Ladd & Mankwe Ndosi + Damon Locks (voice, samples, electronics) & Wayne Montana (bass)
Set 2: Sylvain Kassap & Dana Hall + Nick Mazzarella (alto saxophone) & Larry Sommers (bass)

11/07 — The Promontory
double bill with band TBA

11/08 — Constellation

11/10 — The Logan Center for the Arts
followed by a discussion and Q&A

11/11 — Corbett vs Dempsey
Mike Ladd solo

11/11 — ProMusica
live public recording

11/12 — Diasporal Rhythms
noon performance

11/12 — The Stony Island Arts Bank
feat. guests Yaw Agyeman & Gira Donahee

11/12 — Co-Prosperity Sphere
feat guest TBA

11/14 — The Whistler
feat guests TBA

11/16 — Krannaert Art Museum, Urbana, IL
Sudden Sound Series


Like all the ramifications of musicians put forward by the exchange and alliance networkThe Bridge, this ninth formation is a story about (re-)putting into play, and (re-)putting in common, of parties involved, sparked off by desire, by good pleasure, and a few initial branchings.
For several years, and after experiencing all the history of contemporary jazz in France and in Europe, Sylvain Kassap has been collecting meetings with Chicago musicians, in a duo with Hamid Drake, or for a multiple-input project with Nicole Mitchell, or along Edward Wilkerson Jr. during a thundering visit in Illinois in June 2013… Until the idea for this quartet progressively expressed itself: “The orchestral color of this quartet is, to my knowledge, unprecedented, and unheard of: two voices (working on two very different expressions), a clarinettist, and a drummer. This opens a space for a rare work between timbres and rhythms, improvisation and creation of a repertory, it allows the combination of current free jazz and the influences of today’s written contemporary music.” This conjugation of stories and adventures in the present tense, decidedly and resolutely, seeks to set off, under the lights of the clarinet, the meeting between the transcultural singing of Mankwe Ndosi who, between Tanzania and Midwest, soul and free, works and is worked from within by different vocal and verbal traditions, to forge her own, necessarily hybrid; and the chanted, hammered or sung speech, the spoken flow of Mike Ladd, who’s got as many vocal chords to his bow than the multiple meanings that can be found in spoken word, slam, and rap when they’re in direct connection with high level poetry. An inaugural confrontation took place in Montreuil, in October 2014, in anticipation being joined by Dana Hall, ubiquitious drummer and Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, who names among his sources of inspiration and improvisation John Carter as much as Jimmy Giuffre, Andrew Hill as much as Richard Wright, the African Diaspora as much as the Second School of Vienna, the AACM and the plurality of worlds… That is to say he’s the most formidable organizerof rhythms and relations, the man of the situation. In October 2015, they turned everything inside out on their path in France. In November 2017, they will be straight down to brass tacks in Chicago.
The Epiphany tour is supported by Experimental Sound Studio, the Ministère de la Culture et la Communication, La Sacem, Le FCM , La Spedidam & Intencity.

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