Performances Reviews

Threadgill & Company Plays Threadgill

The recent Wesleyan Threadgill performance is reviewed.

Tonight at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, Henry Threadgill, the Chicago-born flautist-composer-alto saxophonist, led his ensemble Zooid through a set of music that defied expectations. Professor Anthony Braxton spent 20-25 minutes before the show preparing the audience for the music to come, using language that, at times, was highly technical but his main point was that Henry Threadgill’s music is unique, with myriad influences mixed in over his long career. He also stated that he has been a fan of Threadgill’s music since he (Braxton) was 12 years old – Threadgill is a lofty 16 months older than his good friend.

Also of note is Taylor Ho Bynum’s long review of the evening.

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Threadgill’s Zooid at Wesleyan

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Henry Threadgill and Ensemble Zooid play Wesleyan, with an opening talk by Anthony Braxton.

Friday, February 6, 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
by Professor of Music Anthony Braxton
Tickets: $21 A, $18 B, $6 C

On the cutting edge of music for the past 25 years, Henry Threadgill freely incorporates his expertise in jazz, gospel, blues and marching bands in a mix with various world musics. He views these elements as evolutionary, using past ideas as ingredients rather than foundations for musical synthesis. Zooid is Threadgill’s all-acoustic band, which heavily features stringed instruments. A “zooid” is an organic cell capable of independent movement or one of several cells forming a colony. Threadgill’s Zooid can move as a group and then a moment later become the stage for any player’s voice to sound independently. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.

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Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers in New York

From the Times.

Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers, seated at a pair of dovetailed grand pianos, improvised without interruption for nearly an hour at the Kitchen on Thursday night, in a remarkable display of restlessness, responsiveness and focus. And that was only the second half of the concert. A longer first half featured the Wet Ink Ensemble performing intricate chamber pieces, including one by Mr. Abrams. Either part of the program could have stood alone, but they meant a good deal more in juxtaposition.

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October 02, 2008
Concert Introduction, Roulette
Muhal Richard Abrams
Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid Talujon Percussion Quartet, Roulette
Jose Davila, Dominic Donato, Liberty Ellman, Elliot Humberto Kavee, Michael Lipsey, Stomu Takeishi, Henry Threadgill, Matt Ward
Myra Melford Quartet, Roulette
Harris Eisenstadt, Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford, Matana Roberts

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Roulette in October

From left to right: Zeena Parkins, Dagmar Krau...
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From New York’s Roulette:

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242

10/2 8pm – INTERPRETATIONS: Myra Melford / Henry Threadgill
10/3 – Trio Croch, DK and poet Richard J Rizzi, USA
10/4 – Creative Opportunity Orchestra – Tina Marsh
10/16 8pm – INTERPRETATIONS: Ted Mook performs Ezra Sims & Daniel Rothman
10/17 – Chris Forsyth / Alex Temple
10/20 & 10/27 – Adam Rudolph’s GO Organic Orchestra
10/23 – Jennifer Stock / Lainie Fefferman
10/24 – Deep Listening Band (Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, David Gamper)
10/25 – 10/26 – Zeena Parkins (Commissioned with funds from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust)
10/30 – Anthony Coleman
10/31 – Jeffrey Schanzer

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