On both sides of the Atlantic, all of our partners – programmers and curators (and often alongside them, heads of associations, schools, conservatories, universities) – have confirmed their commitment to The Bridge, with very little fluctuation. In France and Chicago, nearly fifty venues are divided into three literally concentric circles, allowing each tour to be broken down and proportioned according to the profile of each ensemble, and respecting the artistic orientations of each partner.
Partners committed to hosting The Bridge’s ensembles twice a year:
In France: La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues in Pantin; the Pannonica in Nantes; Plages Magnétiques / Penn Ar Jazz in Brest; the Petit faucheux in Tours; the Périscope in Lyon; the Carré Bleu in Poitiers; the Frigo in Albi.
In Chicago: The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; the Roosevelt University; the Rebuild Foundation and either one of its venues(The Stony Island Arts Bank, Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative, etc.); Experimental Sound Studio; Constellation; The Hungry Brain; Elastic Arts Foundation; The Hideout; The Whistler; ProMusica; Doug Fogelson Studio; Glasner Studio / Edgar Miller Legacy.
Partners committed to hosting The Bridge ensembles once a year:
In France: Un Pavé dans le Jazz in Toulouse; the Moulin à Jazz in Vitrolles; the Atlantique Jazz Festival in Brest; the Rhino Jazz(s) festival in Lyon; the Tribu Festival in Dijon; the AJMI in Avignon.
In Chicago: DePaul University; The Promontory; Comfort Station; Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery; Agitator Gallery.
Occasional partners :
In France : the Théâtre de la Ville / Espace Cardin in Paris ; the Jazz sur Seine festival in Ile-de-France ; the Muzzix & Associés festival in Lille ; the Météo Festival in Mulhouse ; the Jazz Miniatures festival in Port-Louis ; the Match & Fuse Festival in Toulouse ; the Jazzèbre festival in Perpignan; L’Art à Palabres in Montreuil; La Malterie in Lille; Le Rocher de Palmer in Bordeaux; le Petit Théâtre de la Placette in Nîmes; la Maison de la Vallée in Luz-Saint-Sauveur.
In Chicago: the Alliance française; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA); the DuSable Museum of African American History; the South Side Community Arts Center; the Old Town School of Folk Music; the Hairpin Arts Center; Co-Prosperity Sphere; Experimental Station; California Clipper; Pianoforte Studio; the American Indian Center.
Even though The Bridge’s North American tours remain centered in Chicago, we organize extensions for certain ensembles, or for the French musicians of these bands only, mainly in the Midwest:
in Illinois: Urbana-Champaign (University of Illinois – Krannert Museum); in other nearby states (Milwaukee – Wisconsin; Minneapolis – Minnesota; Detroit and Ann Arbor – Michigan); beyond: Pittsburgh or Philadelphia to the East Coast, but also Montreal in Quebec, thanks to a partnership with the Casa del Popolo hall and the Suoni Per il Popolo festival.
In 2019, these were extended to Madison (Blue Stem Jazz / Cafe CODA) in Wisconsin and St. Louis (Washington University) in Missouri.
Thus, just as North American musicians left France with a better understanding of the contexts in which their alter egos evolve, having been able to exchange and share in all sorts of circumstances, the multiplicity of our anchor points in Chicago means that few French musicians have had the opportunity to immerse themselves so deeply in the artistic and human realities of the North American scene, bringing their own insights back to it, in clubs, festivals and universities therefore, but also in community houses and cultural centers (Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative, South Side Community Arts Center, South Shore Cultural Center, American Indian Center, Co-Prosperity Sphere….), museums (Museum of Contemporary Art, DuSable Museum of African American History…), art galleries (Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Agitator Gallery, 6018 NORTH Gallery, Arts Incubator, The Stony Island Arts Bank…), bookstores (Archive House, Woodland Pattern Book Center….), artists’ or activists’ lofts (Glasner Studio / Edgar Miller Legacy, Diasporal Rhythms, Doug Fogelson Studio, Co-Lab Space…), churches and temples (Irving Park United Methodist Church, Chapel Bond, Chicago Temple…).
In addition, The Bridge regularly collaborates on both sides of the Atlantic with several music collectives, developing joint events with their members. In Chicago, with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Participatory Music Coalition, Asian Improv aRts (AiR) and RedLine of the American Indian Center. In France, with Nautilis / ARCH in Brest, Capsul Collectif in Tours, Muzzix in Lille and Coax in Paris.