Resist x Improvise: An Evening for Roscoe Mitchell

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 Online $20/15 Doors
Doors 7:00pm 60 minutes
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Chris Foss – Bassoon
Michael Lofton – Baritone Voice
Marilu Donovan – Harp
Anna Wray – Vibraphone
Brian Adler – Conductor

Human Time Machine:
Brian Adler – Musical Director, Percussion
Jeremy Smith – Alto Percussion
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker – Tenor Percussion
Ned Haweeli – Soprano Percussion
Anna Wray – Bass Percussion

With Special Guests:
Jesse Neuman – Lap Top, Samples, Trumpet
Michael Lofton – Baritone Voice
Crockett Doob – Film/Video/Projection

The program includes the following, among other compositions:

“Sunrise on an Ice Moon” *
Solo Vibraphone by Roscoe Mitchell
* World Premiere, Performed by Anna Wray

“Dim,” “This is,” and “Because It’s” by Roscoe Mitchell **
Originally scored for baritone and piano
** New York Premiere
Performed by Anna Wray, Chris Foss, Michael Lofton and Marilu Donovan
Conducted by Brian Adler
Orchestration by Daniel Steffey

On June 5, 2018, Modesmata and Human Time Machine join forces with electronics and visuals to explore Roscoe Mitchell’s work and the injustice being done to the African American community.

Roscoe Mitchell is an American composer, improviser and performer of avant-garde jazz and new classical music. Social justice has, and continues to be, central to his practice of 70+ years. He has inspired a new generation of artists to follow him. Modesmata and Human Time Machine, join forces with electronics and visuals to explore Mitchell’s work and the injustice being done to the African American community.

Modesmata is a performance duo that explores the co-creative responsibility of performers and composers in the current musical conversation. Using the simple and profane possibilities of bassoon, percussion, and electronics, artists Chris Foss and Anna Wray are creating an expanded sonic space to play in. Their work is focused on the tension of open and fixed elements in a composed work that bloom within each iteration of live performance. Modesmata performs not only as a duo, but as a larger ensemble, as they collaborate with artists, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Lofton, Brian Adler, and Marilu Donovan, for this evening’s performance.

The Human Time Machine is a group of master drummers and sound-smiths that venture down the chironomical rabbit hole of improvised rhythmic manipulation. Put in other words, the group uses hand signals to shape rhythms in real time, resulting in music that is innovative, primal, riveting, danceable and inspired by various world traditions. The Human Time Machine is the brain child of Brian Adler who formed the ensemble through a month long residency at Barbès. With a core group of five members, HTM has collaborated with: Jonathan Goldberger (Red Baraat/John Zorn), Matt Moran (Nate Wooley, Claudia Quintet), Jesse Stiles (Meredith Monk/ Merce Cunningham) as well as others.