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Quatuor Van Kuijk: US Tour Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2017 1 E 70th St, New York City, NY 10021
Oct 19
Yosvany Terry and Baptiste Trotignon - Ancestral Memories Oct 19 - 29 2 Arrow St Cambridge, MA 02138
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“The Triplets of Belleville”: A Cine-Concert Oct 19, 2017 1200 10th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35203

The Bridge #9 – Epiphany

The Bridge enables several dozen musicians - among the most active and most creative of the jazzistic field - half based in Chicago and the Midwest, the other half spread across France, to perform and circulate in all possible configurations, year after year, travel after travel, adventure after adventure.

The Bridge intends to form such a network for exchange, production, and diffusion, to build a transatlantic bridge that will be crossed on a regular basis by French and American musicians as part of collaborative projects. And, in addition to the scheduled projects, encourage meetings and relationships between creative musicians and perpetuate tham. In other words: to give them the time and spaces to join and rejoin on both sides of the ocean and to deepen their exchange.

Like all the ramifications of musicians put forward by the exchange and alliance network The Bridge, this ninth formation Epiphany is a story about (re-)putting into play, and (re-)putting in common, of parties involved, sparked off by desire, by good pleasure, and a few initial branchings.
For several years, and after experiencing all the history of contemporary jazz in France and in Europe, Sylvain Kassap has been collecting meetings with Chicago musicians, in a duo with Hamid Drake, or for a multiple-input project with Nicole Mitchell, or along Edward Wilkerson Jr. during a thundering visit in Illinois in June 2013… Until the idea for this quartet progressively expressed itself: two voices (working on two very different expressions), a clarinettist, and a drummer. This conjugation of stories and adventures in the present tense, decidedly and resolutely, seeks to set off, under the lights of the clarinet, the meeting between the transcultural singing of Mankwe Ndosi who, between Tanzania and Midwest, soul and free, works and is worked from within by different vocal and verbal traditions, to forge her own, necessarily hybrid; and the chanted, hammered or sung speech, the spoken flow of Mike Ladd, who’s got as many vocal chords to his bow than the multiple meanings that can be found in spoken word, slam, and rap when they’re in direct connection with high level poetry.  In October 2015, they turned everything inside out on their path in France. In November 2017, they will be straight down to brass tacks in Chicago.

The Epiphany tour is supported by Experimental Sound Studio, the Ministère de la Culture et la Communication, La Sacem, Le FCM, La Spedidam & Intencity.

  • IceHouse

    Oct 30
    2528 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Elastic Arts

    Nov 2
    3429 W Diversey Ave #208 Chicago, IL 60647
  • DuSable Museum

    Nov 3
    740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637
  • American Indian Center

    Nov 4
    3401 West Ainslie Street Chicago, IL 60625
  • Woodland Pattern

    Nov 5
    720 East Locust Street Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Elastic Arts

    Nov 6
    3429 W Diversey Ave #208 Chicago, IL 60647
  • The Promontory

    Nov 7
    5311 S. Lake Park Ave West Chicago, IL 60615
  • Constellation

    Nov 8
    3111 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618
  • The Logan Center for the Arts

    Nov 10
    915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637
  • Corbett vs Dempsey

    Nov 11
    1120 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60622
  • ProMusica

    Nov 11
    713 W. Wrightwood Ave Chicago, IL 60625
  • Diasporal Rhythms

    Nov 12
    4301 S Ellis Ave #207 Chicago, IL 60653
  • The Stony Island Arts Bank

    Nov 12
    6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL 60649
  • Co-Prosperity Sphere

    Nov 12
    219-21 S Morgan St Chicago, IL 60607
  • The Whistler

    Nov 14
    2421 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647
  • Krannaert Art Museum

    Nov 16
    500 E Peabody Dr Champaign, IL 61820