Tag: William Parker

William Hooker: The Great Migration

What: Through music, narrative, and dance, William Hooker tells the story of African-American migration from 1935 to 1950.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20 Online, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: http://roulette.org/event/william-hooker-the-great-migration/

Brooklyn, NYAvant-garde percussionist William Hooker offers a multi-disciplinary contemplation and exploration of African-American migration from the American South to points north during the years 1935–1950. The Great Migration features music (with veteran performers like William Parker and David Soldier), dance, video, and narratives from 97-year-old Alton Brooks and Nannie Lampkin, who experienced this historical period firsthand.

A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines William Hooker as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the the arts.

Lineup:
William Hooker – Percussion
Ras Moshe – Reeds, Flute
Eriq Robinson – Electronics, Images
Mark Hennen – Piano
Goussy Celestin – Narrator, Dance
William Parker – Bass
David Soldier – Violin, Banjo
Ava Mendoza – Guitar
Alton Brooks & Nannie Lampkin – Primary Narratives

Jin Hi Kim, Elliott Sharp, William Parker, Hamid Drake: Four Directions

What: Musical ideas merge from four directions by four creative musicians all moving in four directions.
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20 Online $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Four Directions, a new ensemble formed by Jin Hi Kim, will present an all-improvised performance in a combination of solos, duos, quartets focusing on freely improvised, cross-cultural, and techno sound.

Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso and Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition, has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society,  and more. She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo (geomungo) to American contemporary music scene through her “Living Tones” cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions and her extensive solo performances of the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MIDI computer system.

Elliott Sharp, a central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. Recipient of the Berlin Prize for 2015 and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner for 2014, Sharp has composed for Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and Arditti Quartet. His opera Port Bou premiered in the United States at Issue Project Room in October 2014 and in Berlin at Konzerthaus in April 2015. In 2010, Sharp created About Us, a sci-fi opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper..

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. The Village Voice calls Parker, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the 50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.

Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and he has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.

[GENERATE] William Parker

What: Two evenings of vocal + ensemble performance from free jazz legend William Parker.
When: Friday + Saturday, January 13+14, 2016, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette and Centering Music present two evenings celebrating the music of free jazz bassist, composer, and improviser William Parker. The first evening, Healing Songs from the Tone World, will feature various ensembles presenting vocal music, while the second evening, Tone World Creation Song, will feature the Little Huey Music Orchestra.

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. Heralded by The Village Voice as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time,” Parker has contributed to over 150 albums and six books in addition to teaching and mentoring young musicians and artists. Parker’s current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Parker has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among many others.