Sound of Life I with Wadada Leo Smith, Mike Reed and Douglas R. Ewart
Aarawak Production and University of Chicago
“Sound Life I”
Wadada Leo Smith, Trumpet
Mike Reed, Drums
Douglas R. Ewart, Dulzaina, Didjeridu, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone,
Electronics and Percussion]
University of Chicago
Good Speed Hall
In: Fulton Hall 4th Floor
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Friday 8th June 2012
Students and Seniors $10.00
Improvisational giants Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart and Mike Reed join spirits, hearts and minds in this tour de force performance to present a collective vision that transcends the boundaries between various world musical concepts, traditions and approaches.
ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH: trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. He is currently a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. In addition, Smith leads three critically acclaimed ensembles: Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic.
DOUGLAS R. EWART: composer/improvisor, multi-reed giant, and educator Douglas R. Ewart is also a highly skilled builder who creates unique varieties of hand crafted wind and percussion instruments. He also leads a multiple of ensembles including the Nyahbingi Drum Choir, the Clarinet Choir, Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions, Douglas R. Ewart & Quasar and Douglas R. Ewart & Stringnets. In addition, Ewart's visual artwork including sculptures, masks, collages, and one of a kind instruments are on display in a number of galleries and museums.
MIKE REED:is a musician, composer and presenter based in Chicago. Over the course of a decade Reed has also established himself as a leading producer of musical performances and advocate for the performing arts. As a drummer, Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago composed and improvised music community since 1997. He has performed regularly with luminaries such as Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, and Rob Mazurek, as well as Chicago Jazz legends Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester.
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