A Pride of Lions (The Bridge #11), ASM-CWCMC Orchestra

A Pride of Lions (The Bridge #11)

ASM-CWCMC Orchestra

Wed, May 2, 2018

7:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$12.00 - $15.00

A Pride of Lions (The Bridge #11)
A Pride of Lions (The Bridge #11)
Joe McPhee - pocket trumpet, saxophones
Daunik Lazro - tenor & baritone saxophone
Joshua Abrams - double bass, guembri
Guillaume Séguron - double bass
Chad Taylor - drums, mbira

There is part history and part legendary in this “Dream Band” which, for once, deserves this brazen qualifier. In 1996, Daunik Lazro formed with Joe McPhee, kindred spirit since the beginning of the decade, the Dourou Quintet, already flanked with two bassists and a drummer. “This Bridge makes us travel 20 (light) years ahead, says Lazro, to deepen our sonic adventure,” this time with bassists-storytellers Joshua Abrams and Guillaume Séguron. The one and the other share the same love for hypnotic and uncertain forms of the music. For Abrams, it’s in all of his Chicagoan collaborations (with Nicole Mitchell, David Boykin, Mike Reed, or Jeff Parker…), and when he descends the craters of dreamy music with Town & Country or ascends the slopes of rousing music with Natural Information Society. Beautiful like the encounter of El Mâalem Mahmoud Guinia and Morton Feldman on Fred Hopkins’ bass… For Séguron, launched to the peaks by Jean-François Jenny-Clark, it’s by travelling around with Anthony Ortega or Lionel Garcin, with Régis Huby or Mat Maneri, with Gerry Hemingway or Denis Fournier, but also by tirelessly questioning his sources, be they musical or multiple, or be they from elsewhere (the Spanish Republicans’ legacy, Jorge Luis Borges’ literature, Robert Motherwell’s painting, the photography of Shim, Toro, or Capa…). Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor, who switch from the double bass and the drums to the guembri and the mbira, met at the Sunday night jam sessions at Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge in Chicago. There, they even formed a trio with Matana Roberts, before the drummer left for New York then Philadelphia, where his sieve of clinking and acrobatic rhythms furnished a dazzling and fluttering clockwork to the formations of Cooper-Moore, Jemeel Moondoc, or Marc Ribot, in parallel to the Chicago Underground Duo, whose pace he’s still setting with Rob Mazurek.

In the mine of sounds, where music is a vein, the saxophones (and related horns) load what the double basses extract. The double basses crush what the saxophones beat and pour this in the bin of rhythms, a weave of lashed cymbals and breathless skins. For those who are still in doubt, Joe McPhee reminds “Someone described me the musician as such: ‘where does this come from? From the idea of making magic with the muses.’ That embraces rather accurately what we consider to be music.” And to do this, Lazro explains: “the method has not changed (since it bore great fruits): it is through open improvisation that music occurs, welcoming lyricism as much as abstraction, the pulse that can neighbor silence, expressionism, or dream.” A Dream Band, truly.
ASM-CWCMC Orchestra
ASM-CWCMC Orchestra
ASM-CWCMC Orchestra is comprised of students participating in the After School Matters program at Chicago West Community Music Center. The Ensemble which performs a diverse repertoire of traditional and non-traditional orchestral music in 2017 travelled to Paris, France and Shanghai, China where they’ve been invited to visit again to participate in the 2018 Shanghai (China) Summer Music festival.

The ensemble will perform music by Kamasi Washington, Giacomo Puccini, and New Direction.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618