From I Like Jazz:
The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has selected trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith as one of 14 composers to receive a 2012 Fromm commission. With the commission, Smith will write a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tentatively titled “The March on Washington D.C. – August 28, 1963,” this will be the 22nd composition in Smith’s highly acclaimed civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers, which the trumpeter has written over the past 34 years and calls “one of my life’s defining works.” The new work — composed for Smith’s Golden Quartet, along with string quartet and harp — will premiere on the final evening of a three-night performance of the complete Ten Freedom Summers collection at Roulette in Brooklyn, New York on May 1 – 3, 2013.
- Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors (Review) (popmatters.com)
- Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The black experience is American experience’ (guardian.co.uk)