“An alto saxophonist and flutist of distinctive fluency, Threadgill is also one of the era’s most inventive—and influential—jazz composers.” —Stereophile
In Pulitzer Prize–winner Henry Threadgill’s compositions, notation and improvisation mesh in sonic expressions of American life. He calls his unique polyphonic language “creative music,” which others revere as a musical masterwork beyond category. On Friday, 24 Minnesota musicians (curated by cellist Michelle Kinney) perform Threadgill pieces from the past 40-plus years. As potent and prolific as ever, Threadgill closes the festival on Saturday with his acclaimed quintet Zooid.
New York power-jazz trio Harriet Tubman, made up of ex-Threadgill star players Melvin Gibbs, Brandon Ross, and JT Lewis, will open Saturday’s concert.
Friday’s participating musicians include Tarek Abdelqader, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, George Cartwright, Anthony Cox, Chris Cunningham, Ivan Cunningham, Douglas Ewart, Milo Fine, Nathan Hanson, Laura Harada, Eric Jensen, Babatunde Lea, Charlie Lincoln, Mankwe Ndosi, Pat O’Keefe, Carley Olson Kokal, Cole Pulice, Davu Seru, Joseph Strachan, Dameun Strange, Donald Washington, Faye Washington, and Adam Zahller.
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