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 – Laptop, Samples, Trumpet
Michael Lofton – Baritone Voice
Crockett Doob – Film/Video/Projection
Red Wierenga – Piano
Produced by Anna Wray
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
Scored for baritone and piano
Performed by Michael Lofton and Red Wierenga
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. For this performance, Anna Wray, Michael Lofton, and Brian Adler and the Human Time Machine, join forces with electronics and visuals to explore Mitchell’s work and the injustice being done to the African American community.
Rising artist Anna Wray’s newest chapter has her returning to her roots to New York after earning a BA and MFA in California. Her time on the West Coast provided her with multiple opportunities to improvise and perform with top artists such as William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Steven Schick, Julia Wolfe, Christian Wolff, among others. Anna’s primary focus is to embark on a creative collaboration process with composers, musicians, dancers, theatre groups, and artists on the cutting edge of experimental music and experimental art. While she is an artist of diverse talents, it is her percussion performance, described by the San Francisco Gate as “beguiling”, that is her greatest passion.
Baritone Michael Lofton’s work encompasses all genres of music including classical, opera, jazz and music theater at venues as diverse as the Chicago Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera and the Actors Studio. He is overjoyed to collaborate with Anna whom he’s had the pleasure of knowing since her childhood.