Mike Reed Premieres New Work in Response to 2009 Neo-Nazi Rally

In April of 2009, while touring with his band People Places & Things, Chicago drummer, Pitchfork Festival producer, Chicago Jazz Fest programming committee chairman and owner of North Side music venue Constellation, Mike Reed found himself in the midst of the biggest Neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Republic (see the scary situation here and here). Reed and his band (two of whom are African-American or mixed race and two of whom are white) were forced to flee, hiding and ultimately being escorted by police to relative safety while the rally died down.

Since then, Reed has had a desire channel this negative experience into an artistic one – and on November 20th at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of their Extensions Out Series produced by gallery owner/SAIC professor and jazz critic/author John Corbett, Reed will premiere Flesh & Bone, a new multi-media work inspired by his and his band’s experience.

Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone
November 20, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Fullerton Hall; entry at Michigan Avenue only

On his website, Reed & his band members share various aspects of what transpired that day – his thoughts and reflections, as well as a portal to his artistic process. Along the way leading up to the premiere, he’ll be posting conversations with a variety of creative people to capture their thoughts, struggles and tribulations in a world of changing contexts within the larger confines of race and racial politics.

Ben Lamar Gay – cornet
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman – tenor saxophone
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums
Marvin Tate – voice/text
Wadada Leo Smith – recorded interview
George Lewis – recorded interview