This year’s edition of the festival curated by Wadada Leo Smith is devoted to a sustained exploration of creative music for orchestras and large ensembles. The two-night program offers rare Los Angeles performances by Muhal Richard Abrams and Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris -- two of the most distinguished luminaries of creative music. Abrams is a legendary pianist, composer, improviser, co-founder of the hugely influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and president of the New York Chapter of the AACM, while Morris is an Alpert Award-winning innovator who has redefined the roles of composer, conductor, arranger and performer in a system of structured improvisation he calls Conduction®. The festival also includes a performance by Adam Rudolph and the acclaimed Organic Percussion ensemble and a special tribute to the late Horace Tapscott, founder of the seminal Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ("The Ark"), which will perform directed by Michael Sessions.
Fri Feb 2 | 8:30 pm
Muhal Richard Abrams
"You know you’re in the presence of a master." Time Out New York
Adam Rudolph and Organic Percussion
"A startling and involving development in roots musicŠ a blend of gentle sustained dissonance, heaven-crashing rhythm jams, and individual improvisations." L.A. Weekly
Sat Feb 3 | 8:30 pm
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris
"Morris’ work takes up a life of its own… Its emotional range is almost limitless." The New York Times
The Music of Horace Tapscott
"A signal figure both in the history of Los Angeles’ cultural landscape and the story of improvised music." The Wire
Funded in part by a generous grants from The Herb Alpert Foundation and The Phaedrus Foundation.
Official Website: http://redcat.org/season/0607/mus/creative.php
Added by calartsredcat on January 22, 2007