Rastafarian ceremonial ritual drummer performance piece with vocalist Jeanne Lee, dancers Sally Silvers and Marisa, and the composer on trumpet, flugelhorn, strings, drums, and more.
Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for many years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith’s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76).