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Night of Large Ensembles
Sep 24, 2016 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20
Free entrance for students (bring your student card)
Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet is a fifteen-piece ensemble made up of some of his closest collaborators and featuring Tomeka Reid and Nicole Mitchell. Drawing on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration, the PlusTet presents Bynum’s unique take on the creative orchestra tradition. Each of the musicians has a strikingly original voice, yet they all generously offer that voice to a wholly collective sound. This special FONT Music performance is the NYC debut of this all-star band, and celebrates the release of the new recording «Enter the PlusTet» (Firehouse 12 Records).
The evening will also feature a special performance of trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith’s «Rosa Parks – Oratorio, 6 Songs with Video» performed by a 12-piece ensemble. The evening will also feature a special presentation of trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith’s «Rosa Parks – Oratorio, 6 Songs with Video» performed by a 12-piece ensemble, featuring a trumpet quartet including Wadada, Ted Daniel, Hugh Ragin, and Graham Haynes. The oratorio will be 40-50 minutes in length. In Wadada’s words: «Rosa Parks employs the song form as composition to convey a philosophical and spiritual narrative about my vision of Rosa Parks. The oratorio is concerned with ideas, my meditation on the Civil Rights movement; and through the use of light and video images, reconnecting history with the present.»