Wednesday, June 19: Indigenous Minds
Hamid Drake – drums & percussion
Joshua Abrams – bass & guimbri
Jason Adasciewicz – vibraphone & balaphone
This super-trio is composed of three of the most important creative musicians today: master percussionist Hamid Drake, known from his work with an endless range of luminaries including Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Foday Musa Suso, Yusef Lateef etc.; Josh Abrams, who plays the North African string bass instrument guimbri in his group Natural Information Society and is a noted electric and double-bassist with Town and Country, Tortoise, God Speed You! Black Emperor, Nichole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Fred Anderson etc.; and vibraphonist Jason Adasciewicz- a veteran of groups with Ken Vandermark, Mike Pride, Rob Mazurek, Bill Dixon, Keefe Jackson etc. As would be expected from this aggregate of players, the group follows the threads that connect contemporary improvised music with the traditional music of ancient cultures.
From the musicians:
“Indigenous Mind may also be called Primordial Mind. It is something we all possess. It belongs to everyone and every culture at its root. There are many representatives throughout history who have entered into the fire of transformation to encounter their own unique expression of Indigenous Mind. Indigenous Mind, even though it is always present, still has to be discovered. We attempt to do that with music, art, etc. Going beyond the illusion of performer and audience and allowing ourselves to enter, touch, feel, sense, and enjoy the oneness of the shared energy of open space.”
Doors at 8 pm
$12 general admission
$20 front row
Monday, June 24: Ben Miller Orchestra
For the second year in a row, we are celebrating minimalist composer Terry Riley’s birthday with a performance by the Ben Miller Orchestra. An intriguing composer in his own rite, Miller has been a member of Destroy All Monsters, Sproton Layer, M3 and was instrumental in the founding of Ann Arbor’s Bulb Records. For this concert, he will be presenting both his own works for large ensemble, which haven’t been performed regionally yet, and a reprise performance of Riley’s best known work, In C.
Early show! Doors at 7 pm; $5
7/5: Rod Williams
7/9: SUPER SHOW! Tal National (Niger), Sessa (Brazil)
7/13 & 7/14: Phil Ranelin’s 80th birthday show!
7/17: Michael Morley (New Zealand– The Dead C etc.)
7/19: Two Rooms showcase- Ryan Jewell Quintet record release show