Thursday, April 14: Jack Wright and Bob Marsh, Ben Willis
Jack and Bob have been playing together since they met in Detroit in 1986, their duo transforming over time as their music has developed. They have toured on the East and West Coast and the Midwest, most recently connecting in the Bay Area, before that tours that took them from the east coast to Chicago. Their music has shifted from a huge web of notes and fast-shifting directions on conventional instruments to sound and space, with Bob playing electronics and distorted voice….yet still they are indelibly the same duo. And the best of friends.
Local favorite Ben Willis kicks things off with his exceptional set for solo doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $8.
For the past four decades composer and percussionist Adam Rudolph has performed extensively throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has released over 30 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures Octet, Hu Vibrational, and Go: Organic Orchestra, a 30-piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians worldwide in his Go: Organic Orchestra concept. A trailblazer of what became known as “World Music,” Rudolph and kora player Foday Musa Suso co-founded Mandingo Griot Society in 1978, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded a fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun.
Hamid Drake was born in Monroe, Louisiana but for the most part was raised in Chicago. In 1974 he began what was to be a long-term musical relationship with Fred Anderson who introduced him to performing with many of the other artists in the AACM. In late 1977 Drake joined Adam Rudolph and Foday Musa Suso to form the Mandingo Griot society, one of the first groups in the United States to explore the relationship between traditional West African and American musical idioms. He met Don Cherry when the group recorded their first LP on Flying fish Records. Drake’s relationship with Cherry continued until Cherry’s passing in 1995 doing many tours throughout Europe, Japan and the United States with him. Don Cherry provided a major breakthrough for Drake not only musically but spiritually as well. Since 1987 Drake has recorded toured extensively in Europe and the US with German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and also with bass player William Parker in several of his ensembles and with many other artists.
Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio Duo
Famed free-jazz pianist and composer Matthew Shipp has found his most reliable collaborator in the form of bassist Michael Bisio, and they’ve been performing more and more as just a duo. Their deep familiarity and sympathetic approaches makes for some amazing musical telepathy.
Doors at 8 pm.
Reserved seats $20; front row $25
General addmission: $12
Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23: Soli- A festival of solo guitar
Soli is a new festival celebrating the art of solo guitar. From dazzling fingerpicking stylists to slow and righteous players, effects-heavy droners to acoustic trouabdours, the Soli Festival presents some of the most talented folks to pick up a guitar. One-third of the artists are traveling from afar, while the others hail from these parts.
5/12: Arringto de Dionyso
5/22 Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh Murray Duo
Trip Metal Fest Events
5/27: A conversation with Morton Subotnick!
5/28: A conversation with Hieroglyphic Being
5/29: Telematic talk with Pauline Oliveros