Wadada Leo Smith at Interpretations

Wadada Leo Smith
Cover of Wadada Leo Smith

From Interpretations:

Wadada Leo Smith
70th Birthday Celebration

Thursday December 15, 2011
Friday December 16, 2011

8PM at Roulette, in Downtown Brooklyn!
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave)

Interpretations celebrates the work of innovative trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith on the occasion of his 70th Birthday. Wadada Leo Smith, who turns 70 on December 18th, will present six projects with an all-star cast. The material includes numerous world premieres and fresh music from his most recent CD releases!

December 15th features Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (with Angelica Sanchez, John Lindberg, and Pheeroan akLaff), Mbira (with Min Xiao Fen and Pheeroan akLaff), and the premiere of Opuntia Humifosa String Quartet # 9, for string quartet (led by FLUX Quartet’s Tom Chiu) plus baritone Thomas Buckner and Mr Smith on trumpet.

December 16th features Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet (adding Susie Ibarra on drums), his electric band Organic, and the Silver Orchestra, featuring Jennifer Choi, Jessica Pavone, Wendy Law (strings), Jamie Baum, Marty Ehrlich, Sara Schoenbeck, Mark Taylor, J.D. Parran, Jason Mears (winds), Ted Daniel, Taylor Ho Bynum (brass) Yuko Fujiyama (piano), John Lindbreg (bass), Liberty Ellman, Han-Earl Park (guitar), and Bobby Naughton, Susie Ibarra, Martin Obeng, Harris Eisenstadt, (percussion), performing Central Park (featuring Thomas Buckner, voice) and the premiere of his latest work, Occupy the World: For Freedom.

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Jeff Kaiser Conducts Ockadektet at UCSD

From the San Diego Reader:

The multifaceted Jeff Kaiser celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday night by gathering more than 20 top-drawer musicians at UCSD for a special performance, but it was the audience that received the gift. If free jazz was always this joyous, creative and downright fun, then Anthony Braxton and the Art Ensemble of Chicago would chart like the Beatles. Kaiser’s creative brain works in mysterious, hilarious ways. He’s also got a smartass sense of humor, and a committed indifference to the idea that his music might offend those with tiny ears.

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Umbrella Music Through December 15

Mars Williams
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Nov 27
Mars Williams Trio with Dave Rempis
Hungry Brain

Nov 30
Jeb Bishop Trio
The Hideout

Dec 04
SET I: Klang
SET II: Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music
Hungry Brain

Dec 07
SET I: Frank Rosaly’s Green and Gold
SET II: Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music
The Hideout

Dec 08
SET I: Tatsuya Nakatani
SET II: Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Dec 14
Jason Stein Quartet
The Hideout

Dec 15

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