Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Thursday, May 12
Teiku: Reframing Ancestral Jewish Melodies
Doors open at 7:30pm
Teiku is dedicated to preserving, reframing, and performing ancestral Jewish melodies. The project was formed in 2017 by Chicago-based pianist Josh Harlow and Detroit-based percussionist Jonathan Barahal Taylor upon learning that both of their families maintained unique melodies for traditional Passover songs. These melodies originated in the European Oblasts in the Pale of Settlement (modern day Ukraine) in the mid-19th century and were passed down orally through generations. Teiku reframes these melodies through the lens of Creative Music, weaving together new arrangements into a rich song cycle. In addition to Harlow and Taylor, the music will be interpreted by Jaribu Shahid (bass), Rafael Statin (woodwinds), and Peter Formanek (woodwinds).

Wednesday, May 18
IDR (Italian Doc Remix)
Doors open at 7:30pm
Founded by Italian guitarist/composer Marco Cappelli and Italian-American percussionist Jim Pugliese, IDR (Italian Doc Remix) has carved out a unique musical niche on NYC’s Downtown scene since 2004. The ensemble fuses jazz improvisation, rock, and Italian folkloric/early music sources to excavate the cultural memory of generations of Italian immigrants and explore the musical space where traditions blur and cross-contaminate, memories fade and distort, and new post-immigration sounds are born. IDR’s newest album, Pandemonium, takes their project to the next level with the addition of a half-dozen of southern Italy’s finest musicians to the group’s usual lineup.

Saturday, May 21
Oluyemi Thomas Detroit Quintet
Doors open at 7:30pm
California-based bass clarinetist Oluyemi Thomas returns to his hometown of with an expanded version of his Detroit ensemble, featuring his brother Kenn Thomas on piano, Joel Peterson on double-bass and both David Hurley and Jonathan Taylor on drums and percussion. A veteran of ensembles with Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Roscoe Mitchell and others, Oluyemi’s last performance here included a forthcoming recording session for Two Rooms Records.